Minneapolis Pedestrian and Bicycling Winter Maintenance Study
Minneapolis is committed to year-round walking and bicycling as safe, accessible and convenient options for its residents and visitors. Recently the City completed a Pedestrian and Bicycle Winter Maintenance Study. The goal of the study is to identify alternative winter maintenance options to enhance the quality and consistency of clearing snow and ice from sidewalks and bikeways, which would improve safety, accessibility and mobility for people that walk, bike, and take transit in Minneapolis.
The study presents information, data, and implementation cost considerations of pedestrian and bicycle winter maintenance practices such that the City can determine opportunities for continued improvement. This study provides a framework for continued conversation with the community, interested stakeholders and policy makers.
The study is divided into three primary sections, plus a appendix:
- Section 1: Existing Minneapolis Pedestrian and Bicycle Winter Maintenance Practices
- Section 2: City and Agency Review
- Section 3: Alternative Winter Maintenance Options
- Appendix A: Winter Facilities Trial Evaluation (WFET)
More information can be found in the Minneapolis Pedestrian and Winter Maintenance Study and the Winter Maintenance Study Supplemental Report.
In response to the staff direction provided when the Pedestrian and Bicycle Winter Maintenance Study was brought forward as a Receive and File Action to the Transportation and Public Works Committee:
Staff Direction: Directing Public Works staff to implement the options recommended for immediate action in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Winter Maintenance Study Supplemental Report on Sidewalk Snow and Ice Removal, and return to the Transportation & Public Works Committee with the feasibility and cost estimates for snow removal from City sidewalks, including possible tiers of implementation, and consideration of business models that would further enhance the City’s goals for a walkable City in winter and taking into account the priority areas identified by the Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Staff will return to the Transportation & Public Works Committee in Sept 2018 with feasibility and estimates, and in May 2019 to report on implementation of short term items.
Snow plowing of City sidewalks: Feasibility and cost estimate presentation. https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/RCA/3271
Minneapolis City Council TV. http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/tv/citycounciltv
Last updated May 18, 2020