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Pedestrian Advisory Committee

The mission of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee is to advise the Mayor and City Council on policies, programs, and actions for improving pedestrian safety, mobility, accessibility, and comfort; for promoting walking for transportation recreation, and health purposes; and for strengthening the linkage between the pedestrian environment and public transportation.

Contact Us

Committee Staff - Matthew Dyrdahl, Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator,

Background and Members

Guiding Principles

The City of Minneapolis places a high value on creating and enhancing pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods because it makes our community a safer and better place to live, work and enjoy life. It’s easy to see how building a pedestrian-friendly Minneapolis contributes to all our city goals.

  • Streets and neighborhoods feel safer and are safer, and Minneapolis is a more vibrant and bustling city, when there are people outside using the sidewalks and pedestrian paths.
  • Walking and walkable environments support the local economy. Vibrant public spaces are attractive to both employers and employees when choosing where to locate, and pedestrians support local businesses while en-route to other destinations.
  • Walking is a great way to maintain physical fitness, it’s good for your mental health, and it’s good for your pocketbook since walking is free.
  • Walking is good for the environment since it’s a form of transportation that doesn’t pollute or use fossil fuels.
  • Walking is an essential mode of travel and serves everyone who lives, works, plays in and visits Minneapolis. Everyone walks, whether young or old, whether on foot or using a mobility device, whether as a walking trip alone or in conjunction with driving, taking transit or bicycling.

Walking is enjoyable. A good walking environment provides interesting places and opportunities for informal social interaction, making the journey as important as the destination.

PAC Principles and Responsibilities

PAC Bylaws


The Pedestrian Advisory Committee is comprised of 15 voting members who reside or own a business in the City and who have an interest in promoting walking and improving the pedestrian environment in Minneapolis. The voting membership as a whole is expected to represent the following perspectives on pedestrian issues:

  • distinct pedestrian user groups, such as people with disabilities, senior citizens, parents or people who work with children, and transit riders;
  • caretakers of the pedestrian environment, such as property owners, neighborhood groups, business owners, and business associations;
  • people with relevant technical expertise, such as traffic safety, urban design, and public health;
  • people representing diverse social, cultural and economic groups in the City; and
  • people representing distinct geographic areas of the City, including at least one member from each of the five sectors of the City (Downtown, East, North, South, and Southwest), as defined in this map.

The Committee also includes non-voting members from City Departments and partner agencies with an interest in and impact on pedestrian issues to provide expertise on pedestrian issues and to serve as a liaison between the Committee and City departments and partner agencies.

Voting members are appointed by the City Council through the open appointments process for two-year terms. Eight voting members are appointed in odd years, and seven voting members are appointed in even years; terms begin on July 1. For more information or to apply to serve on this committee, visit the Boards & Commissions website. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be kept on file for 12 months.


The public is welcome to attend all meetings.

   2015 PAC Meeting Calendar - Full Committee + Subcommittees

Full Pedestrian Advisory Committee

  • Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month
  • Minneapolis City Hall Room 333, 4:00-6:00 p.m. 
  • Chair: Kathleen Mayell, Vice-chair: Julia Tabbut
  • 2014 Annual Report

     2015 Meeting Materials

  • Agendas
  • Minutes

Infrastructure & Engineering Subcommittee

  • Meets the third Thursday of the month, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Minneapolis City Hall, Room 212
  • Subcommittee Chair: Michael Jischke,

Programs & Policies Subcommittee

  • Meets the 4th Monday of each month, 4:30-6:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted on calendar)
  • Minneapolis City Hall, Room 212
  • Subcommittee Chair: Scott Engel, 


Contact Matthew Dyrdahl at if you would like to confirm meeting details.

Resolutions Passed (2014 - Present)

2015 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Recommendations


Infrastructure & Engineering


  • 6th Avenue N Reconstruction
  • 7th Street S Transit Stop Project
  • Broadway Street NE
  • Washington Avenue N Striping
  • Washington Avenue S Reconstruction


  • 10th Avenue Bridge
  • 26th & 28th Street Project
  • 34th Avenue S38th Streeet E Reconstruction
  • 54th Street W Reconstruction
  • Cedar Avenue Sidewalk & Crossing Median
  • Cedar/Franklin/Minnehaha
  • Hennepin/Lyndale Avenues Reconstruction (2)
  • Lake/Excelsior/Market Plaza
  • LaSalle Avenue Reconstruction
  • Lowry Avenue NE Community Works
  • Nicollet Mall Reconstruction
  • Penn Avenue N
  • Washington Avenue S Reconstruction (2)
  • Minnehaha Avenue S


Programs & Policies


  • Hiawatha Avenue Pedestrian Signalization
  • Mayor's Challenge


  • Cedar-Riverside Pedestrian Access
  • Crosswalk Marking Practices
  • Hennepin County Sidewalk Project Cost Share Program
  • I-35W Transit Access Project
  • Mayor's Budget Recommendations
  • Outdoor Sales & Displays
  • Snow Removal Pilot Program
  • Target Center Renovation




2014 Meeting Materials

  • Agendas
  • Minutes

Annual Reports and Updates

2011 Year in Review and 2012 Priorities

2010 Year in Review and 2011 Priorities 





Last updated Mar 30, 2015