Pedestrians: Improve the pedestrian environment in order to encourage walking and the use of mobility aids as a mode of transportation.
Walking and the use of mobility aids is an essential mode of transportation in Minneapolis. Everyone walks, whether young or old, whether on foot or using a mobility device, whether as a walking pedestrian trip alone or in conjunction with taking transit, bicycling, or driving. Walking and walkable Pedestrians and pedestrian environments support the economy. The most successful commercial districts in Minneapolis rely on high levels of foot pedestrian traffic. Walking Pedestrian activity also contributes to an active lifestyle, improving health outcomes. And walking Increasing the number of pedestrians and improving the pedestrian environment are critical components of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, both directly and indirectly. Specific sidewalk desing guidance, which is carefully planned according to accessibility standards, adjacent land uses, and street typology, is provided in the Street and Sidewalk Design Guidelines that are part of the City's Transportation Action Plan.
The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to improve the pedestrian environment in order to encourage walking and the use of mobility aids as a mode of transportation.
- Improve safety for people walking when crossing streetspedestrians, especially at street intersections; focus on crosswalks, lighting, and visibility.
- Foster vibrant public spaces for street life.
- Provide clearly-designated pedestrian areas, including buffers from the street, amenity zones, and curb extensions or bump outsin accordance with the City's Street and Sidewalk Design Guidelines.
- Minimize the number of vehicle curb cuts that hinder pedestrian comfort; be deliberate in the placement of drop-off zones and other curb side uses and evaluate the pedestrian benefits as a part of the decision-making process.
- Deploy traffic calming measures such as narrow street widths.
- Provide Improve pedestrian connections across barriers such as freeways and busy streets.
- Encourage sidewalk widths that reflect existing or expected volumes of pedestrian traffic, as guided in Street and Sidewalk Design Guidelines.
- As partnerships opportunities exist, encourage and design for streetscape amenities, including street furniture, trees, and landscaping, that buffer people walking pedestrians from auto street traffic and parking areas.
- Continue to make improvements to the existing sidewalk network, and fill existing sidewalk gaps where appropriate.
- Implement and expand zoning regulations and incentives that promote pedestrian activity, such as the provision of secured storage for transportation carts near building entrances, storage lockers, and changing and shower facilities.
- Implement new strategies to help people keep public sidewalks clear of snow and ice.