City of Minneapolis Pedestrian Master Plan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The City of Minneapolis has a goal of becoming a great walking city – where walking is safe, comfortable, accessible and an attractive mode of travel. T.Y. Lin International and SRF teamed to assist the City in the development of their new Pedestrian Master Plan, which will provide clear priorities, tools and programs for improving the pedestrian environment, and will promote walking in the City of Minneapolis.

SRF developed the City’s pedestrian facility design guidelines, which is one of the primary tools that will assist the City in implementing the Pedestrian Master Plan. The design guidelines clearly communicate the City’s priorities and goals of providing safe and convenient pedestrian accommodations within the City street rights of ways. This can be a challenging task given the established nature of the community and constrained street rights of way. Specific guidance is provided regarding pedestrian network connectivity and the following:

  • Pedestrian Zone Organization. The area between the street curb and private property lines accommodate many uses (e.g. lighting, signage, street trees, and utilities) that are at times competing for limited space. The guidelines provide direction regarding where the various uses should be located within the pedestrian zone to facilitate unobstructed pedestrian movement.
  • Bus Stop Design. Guidance is provided for the sighting of bus stops and their associated amenities, such as bus shelters, signage, and bus access routes.
  • Street Corner and Street Crossing Design. Street corners must be designed to provide enough space to store pedestrians at signalized crossings, provide clear sight lines, and provide visible street crossings.
  • Wayfinding. As walking increases as a mode of transportation, it is important to provide signage that assists walkers in navigating to their destinations in an efficient and safe manner.
  • Other topics addressed in the design guidelines include skyway connections, trails, private parcel connections and accessibility in work zones.

The resulting document will supplement the City’s new 10-year transportation plan.

CLIENT: City of Minneapolis