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The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth

The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth

  • Provide consistent and uniform directional signage and accessible skyway system maps near skyway entrances, particularly along primary transit and pedestrian routes. (10.3.3 p. 10-6)
  • Provide safe, accessible, convenient, and lighted access and way finding to transit stops and transit stations along the Primary Transit Network bus and rail corridors. (10.9.4 p. 10-23)
  • Improve access management and way-finding to and from all streets, sidewalks, and other pedestrian connections. (10.15.4 p. 10-20)
  • Develop a consistent, city-wide wayfinding signage design and maintenance plan for neighborhoods, trails, etc. (10.20.4 p. 10-27)
  • To promote street life and activity, signs should be located and sized to be viewed on foot (not vehicles) in order to preserve and encourage the pedestrian character of commercial areas that have traditional urban form. (10.21.2 p. 10-28)
  • Encourage effective signage that is appropriate to the character of the city's historic districts and landmarks, and preserves the integrity of historic structures. (10.21.3 p. 10-28)

Access Minneapolis- Downtown Action Plan

Access Minneapolis- Downtown Action Plan

  • Expand the use of skyway wayfinding signage. The standard “Blue Water” signage exists throughout much of the skyway system; it will continue to be used and expanded in buildings that do not use it. In addition, the wayfinding signage program will be expanded to identify points of access between the street and the skyway system through wayfinding strategies located at both levels. This will be coordinated with any other wayfinding programs for transit or walking in downtown. (13)
  • Work with individual property owners to improve vertical access between the existing skyway and sidewalk systems at key transit nodes downtown through signage, operating procedures, street level uses, etc. It is especially important to ensure that there is convenient access from major transit stops into the skyway system. (13)

Access Minneapolis Ch.10 Pedestrian Facility Design

Access Minneapolis Ch.10 Pedestrian Facility Design

  • Wayfinding elements are best located in the Planting/Furnishing zone where they can be orientated at pedestrian eye level. Wayfinding shall not encroach upon the pedestrian Through Walk Zone, the Clear Corner Zone, or the clear zones at transit stops. Wayfinding signs should be located where larger numbers of pedestrians who are generally not familiar with an area congregate, such as cultural institutions, convention centers, entertainment districts, sports arenas, transit stations, and major tourist destinations. (10.7.1 p. 10-57)
  • The wayfinding system should be coordinated systems of signs, maps and/or kiosks with a distinct visual appearance that will heighten city identity and allow users to quickly and easily find the wayfinding elements. Graphic design standards including fonts, colors, and pictographs should be standardized for wayfinding elements citywide and should consider legibility for a majority of the population. (10.7.2 p. 10-58)

North Loop Small Area Plan

North Loop Small Area Plan

  • Highlight key through-streets with improved wayfinding to prominent destinations and additional streetscape elements. (78)
  • Improve the connections between the Lower North Loop and the Downtown core via 16th Street North, 12th Street North, 11th Street North, Glenwood Avenue, and Linden Avenue by installing improved signage that indicates appropriate pedestrian and auto routes through the neighborhood and clear routes to destinations in the area. 5. Evaluate the feasibility of adding a left turn movement from Chestnut Avenue onto 12th Street North. (78)


Decorations and Banners

Chapter 449 Decorations and Banners

  • The purpose of the following is to promote the public health, safety and welfare through the regulation of placement, type, appearance, and servicing of banners and decorations on public rights-of-way so as to:
    • Aid in the promotion of cultural and civic events.
    • Promote the city and city-sponsored programs.
    • Compliment the city's beautification and neighborhood identification efforts.
    • Promote safe travel by controlling visual distractions to traffic control and directional signage.
    • Provide a unified appearance to city streets. (2010-Or-064, § 1, 7-23-10)

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