Second Ward, Minneapolis

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pedestrian Master Plan Open House

The City is hosting an open house to gather public input on the Pedestrian Master Plan and discuss some of the major challenges the city faces in meeting pedestrian needs. Mark up maps, record your observations and opinions, and discuss key issues with City staff, the consultant team, and other members of the public.

Where: Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401

When: Wednesday, March 26, 2008
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Opening Presentation
Arrive at any time and stay as long as you like.

For Further Details: Please visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/pedestrian/pedestrian-masterplan.asp.

2 Comments:

At 6:09 PM, Blogger Dane Hartzell said...

I've really begun to notice how accepting Minneapolis has become with biking - not just for recreation and sport but as a legitimate means of transportation. Now the city is looking to extend it's eco-friendly transportation commitment with a master plan for walking. I've always thought Minneapolis has been pedestrian friendly. But now that I look at it from a broader perspective, I see that it has a ways to go. My previous, more limited perspective has been that of a person who has walked for recreation or sport. When I've walked in the past it has been to walk to Pershing park with the kids or to take a run around Lake Harriett. In these circumstances, the city provides great resources for walking. That perspective changes quite dramatically if you look at walking for a purpose other than recreation - like to grocery shop, go to work or even get dinner at a local restaurant. I've noticed that walking to our commercial areas on W 50th St is really an unwelcoming and even unsafe adventure. There are many great businesses on W 50th St such as Patina, Broders', Dunn Brothers, Wuollete's Bakery and Lunds. Most of these businesses are an easy walk for our family but because the sidewalk situation along 50th is so poor and the traffic so dangerous, it feels as if the city would rather have us drive a few blocks rather than encourage us to walk. Making W 50th St a pleasant place to walk or bike would not only encourage our family to leave the car behind more often but would also encourage us to frequent the local business more too! At the request of the city, I photographed our family's recent walk down 50th and posted them to flickr.com/groups/walkminneapolis .

 
At 6:16 PM, Blogger Dane Hartzell said...

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