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ƒ	 Stay Healthy Streets: Minneapolis opened up space for
walking, rolling, and biking to support active recreation
and safe access to essential businesses. Stay Healthy Streets
complement the miles of parkways the Minneapolis Park
and Recreation Board has opened up to give people more
space for outdoor activities. Together with the Park Board,
40 miles (64 km) of street changes have been instituted to
support comfortable walking, biking, and rolling while
social distancing during the COVID-19 emergency.
ƒ	 Pick up zones: The Public Works Department has issued
permits for and installed more than 50 Pick-up only zones
for businesses. The Pick-up zones allow parking for up to 10
minutes for people picking up take-out food or other items.
ƒ	 Pedestrian push buttons: The city has transitioned traffic
signals to reduce the need for pedestrians to push a button to
get a walk signal at more than 400 signalized intersections,
bringing the citywide total to 770 of 820 signals. Crews
placed signs on the signal posts notifying people that the
signal will change automatically. For blind and visually
impaired people, the button is still operational in order to
call the audible features.
During COVID-19, Minneapolis has made quick progress on
a plan highlight-to act quickly to improve streets, focusing on
paint and lower-cost infrastructure improvements to make change
that improves street design and operations. Over the past several
months, the city has acted quickly to see real results on its streets,
using data and best practices, to leverage the public right of way for
multiple citywide goals.
The plan is still draft, but even within the period it has been
out for public review, it is clear that by sticking to the vision set in
Minneapolis 2040, refining the transportation goals, and setting out
a clear pathway to prioritize people, Minneapolis is in a position

EXPANDED PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE SPACE

STAY SAFE

Mantenerse a salvo
Nyob kom txhob muaj mob
Nabad qab ku joog

STAY 6 FEET APART
Mantengase a 6 pies de distancia
Nyob sib nrug li 6 feet
Kala fogaada laba mitir

For more information on the City's response to COVID-19,
visit minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus

Figure 7. Signs accompany the expanded pedestrian space along Minneapolis'
Stay Healthy Streets as part of the city's comprehensive approach to COVID-19.

ITE Statement on Social
Justice and Equality
Led by the Board Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, ITE
released a statement on social justice and equality on June 4.
Read the full statement at https://bit.ly/ITEsocialjustice.

to reach the stated objectives of the plan, making the choice to
travel by walking, rolling, or biking a safer, more convenient, and
comfortable experience. itej

Acknowledgement
Information in the above article was obtained in part directly from
the draft Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan, news releases
from the City of Minneapolis, and from the City of Minneapolis
website on Stay Healthy Streets; many staff from Public Works
contributed to these efforts and are acknowledged here.

References
1.	 City of Minneapolis Climate Action Plan. 2014. http://www.
minneapolismn.gov/sustainability/climate-action-goals/climate-actionplan (Accessed May 26, 2020).
2.	 City of Minneapolis Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Citywide Activities.
2016. http://www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability/climate-actiongoals/ghg-emissions (Accessed May 26, 2020).
3.	 City of Minneapolis. Minneapolis 2040. https://minneapolis2040.com.
(Accessed May 26, 2020).
4.	 City of Minneapolis. Race and Equity. 2017. http://www.ci.minneapolis.
mn.us/coordinator/Equity/index.htm (Accessed May 26, 2020).
5.	 U.S. Census Bureau. Household Size by Vehicles Available, 2014-2018
American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.
6.	 U.S. Census Bureau. 2013 American Housing Survey; 2009-2013 American
Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.
7.	 U.S. Census Bureau. Disability Characteristics, 2013-2017 American
Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

Kathleen Mayell joined the City of Minneapolis in 2016
as a transportation planning manager and is the project
manager for the city's Transportation Action Plan. She
leads transportation planning activities and initiatives,
and oversees the Vision Zero effort and the city's role in
regional transit projects. Kathleen previously held positions at the
Minnesota Department of Transportation; the City of Somerville,
MA, USA; and Project for Public Spaces in New York City, NY, USA.
She holds a master's degree in City Planning and an Urban Design
Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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