NORTH MINNEAPOLIS GREENWAY
Exploring the idea of a north Minneapolis greenway, providing a safe, accessible route for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The City of Minneapolis is exploring converting low-traffic streets to a greenway in north Minneapolis.
A "greenway" is a park-like biking and walking trail that people can use for transportation and recreation. The greenway is intended to create a new amenity for families in north Minneapolis. It could also create space for community gardens and public art. Learn more about the proposed greenway route and designs.
The greenway would improve residents' access to a place to be physically active. Studies show that the closer people live to parks, the more likely they are to get exercise.
The project is in the community engagement phase, and is focused on informing residents about the project and collecting input to help define a new transportation and recreation corridor. The City and its partners completed a round of engagement activities in July 2014, and a report summarizing the results is coming soon.
No final decisions have been made about the proposed greenway, and this phase of gathering community input is important because it will inform future decisions. The City is also conducting a feasibility study, which will also help inform future decisions. A community-based Northside Greenway Council is leading outreach efforts, and a Technical Advisory Committee is overseeing the feasibility study. The Departments of Public Works and Health are collaborating on this project.
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The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability (AMS) is the City’s lead partner in community outreach for this project. AMS is collaborating with the City to convene the Community Outreach Steering Committee and to coordinate community engagement activities with 12 neighborhood and community groups. Each group has received a microgrant to conduct outreach activities: events, bike rides, and door-knocking. Learn more about the outreach partners, including a calendar of events.
The City is contracting with SRF Consulting Group, Inc. to assist with the feasibility study.
This project is a response to community interest in a greenway.
Funding for this project is provided in part by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, as part of Blue Cross' long-term commitment to tackling the leading root causes of preventable disease: tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating.
Investigations and Research
This image shows a street converted into a full greenway, with a trail in the center and no motorized traffic.
Image developed by Community Design Group, funded by Bike Walk Twin Cities/Transit for Livable Communities, and provided courtesy of Twin Cities Greenways.
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Last updated Jul 29, 2015