Stay Healthy Streets during COVID-19
The City of Minneapolis is making updates to streets in response to COVID-19, including:
- Stay Healthy Streets to support comfortable walking, rolling and biking while social distancing
- Pick-up only zones to support local business
- Fewer pedestrian push buttons to reduce the need to touch surfaces
Stay Healthy Streets
The City is opening up space for walking, rolling and biking to support active recreation and safe access to essential businesses with Stay Healthy Streets. People should stay 6+ feet apart to stay healthy and protect their fellow community members per Minnesota Department of Health guidelines. If you see a crowd, go somewhere else.
Stay Healthy Streets complement the approximately 21 miles of parkways the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has opened up to give people more space for outdoor activities. The city has installed about 5 miles of expended pedestrian space focused on areas where there are higher concentrations of pedestrians accessing essential services and narrow sidewalks that do not easily support social distancing.
Stay Healthy Streets routes will be implemented starting April 29 to provide even more opportunities for safe walking, rolling and biking. Check them out, stay active and stay safe.
Streets on these routes will generally be closed to thru car traffic but remain open for local resident access. On-street parking will generally be retained; some connection points will have parking restrictions on one side of the street to ensure space for walking, rolling and biking.
We want to know what you think about Stay Healthy Streets! Share your feedback by completing our survey! Public Works will monitor usage and feedback and make adjustments as appropriate.
The City's 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-our food or other items. If you are a business interested in a food pick-up zone, you can contact Andrea Swenson at [email protected]
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. Crews are placing signs on the signal posts notifying people that the signal will change automatically. For blind and visually impaired people, the button will still be operational in order to call the audible features.
Last updated May 1, 2020