Hennepin County recognizes that walking and pedestrian infrastructure provide numerous benefits to residents and communities. Walkable communities have a high quality of life, improve personal and environmental health, and promote strong and connected communities and economies.

Every person is a pedestrian at some point in their day, although the role of walking in the daily lives of county residents varies widely. For some residents, their walk is a short stroll from their parking space to their office building. Others walk one mile or more from their home to school or work. Some use a wheelchair to travel from their home to their bus stop. Others walk to exercise, socialize, and experience their neighborhood or park. Despite the diversity of pedestrians and the purpose of their trips, people share a common desire for a safe, comfortable, and convenient pedestrian experience.

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Pedestrian plan

The county has created its first official pedestrian plan. The goal is to increase walking and pedestrian safety throughout the county’s roadway system by creating a plan that will include strategies to support walking through infrastructure, facilities, enforcement, education and evaluation.

The pedestrian plan will ultimately become part of the overall 2030 transportation systems plan, as well as complement the county’s Complete Streets policy. Creation of the plan was funded by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Transformation grant and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

ADA transition plan

The county has developed a plan to make highways and roads more accessible, as outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The public comment period for the plan is now closed. Staff are reviewing and incorporating comments to the draft plan. After the review is final, the plan will be submitted to the county board for approval. The plan involves a review of current policies, practices, and infrastructure, and outlines how the county will continue to provide accessibility on sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, multi-use trails, and at traffic signals. Read the ADA transition plan (PDF).

For more information, contact Jason Pieper, Hennepin County ADA implementation engineer, at jason.pieper@hennepin.us or by phone at 612-596-0241.

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