BP004 Pedestrian Safety Program


Project Details:

Project Start Date: 2022

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Kelsey Fogt

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2027

Department Priority: 8 of 62

Contact Phone Number: 612-673-3885

Website: Not Applicable


Project Location:

Address: Various Locations

City Sector: Citywide

Affected Neighborhoods: Various neighborhoods

Affected Wards: Multiple

Pedestrian Crossing Program


Project Description:

This program will provide improved street crossings, with a focus on existing unsignalized intersections. This program will focus on hardscape elements of street crossings, including but not limited to, pedestrian bumpouts, center medians, and intersection realignments. As a part of the Pedestrian Crossing Program, other crossing improvements will be considered, including durable crosswalk markings, ADA accessible curb ramps, Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS), and active warning beacons. Some existing signalized locations may be included in this program, but it will not be a large focus due to opportunities to address signalized intersections in other ways.

Purpose and Justification:

The City has declared racism a public health emergency, noting that “racism in all its forms causes persistent discrimination and disparate outcomes in many areas of life”. Public Works recognizes the impact of racism in transportation systems and this program seeks to promote transportation equity and justice in accordance with the goals of the Strategic & Racial Equity Action Plan 2019-2022 by providing equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.


The purpose of this program is to simplify intersection crossings, reduce street crossing distances, make pedestrians more visible, and slow turning vehicle movements. This program acknowledges the importance of street crossings as a critical component of the walking experience in Minneapolis.


There has been an increased focus on street crossings improvements in Minneapolis over the past few years, largely at signalized intersections. This includes pedestrian bumpouts, high visibility crosswalk markings, ADA accessible curb ramps, and Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS). While these efforts have been successful at providing comfort and protection to pedestrians, they have not addressed unsignalized intersections. There has been significant demand across the City for these types of street crossing improvements from the Pedestrian Advisory Committee, residents, neighborhood organizations, businesses, and others.


Projects were prioritized based on the City’s Vision Zero initiative, crash data, equity criteria (using the 20 Year Streets Funding Plan equity scores, including community demographics and uses/modes), community feedback, recommendations from the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committees, and other qualitative data.


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Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request

Partnerships


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

Yes.


Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:

This project has been awarded federal funding through the Metropolitan Council’s Regional Solicitation Program. A total of $1,000,000 of federal funding has been awarded to this project for construction in 2022.


Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:

Not Applicable.


Planning


State Law Chapter 462.356 (Subd. 2) requires review of all capital improvements for compliance with the comprehensive municipal plan. Chapter 13, Section 4 of the City Charter requires Location and Design Review for the purpose of approving the sale of bonds for these projects.


Transportation: Minneapolis will build, maintain and enhance access to multi-modal transportation options for residents and businesses through a balanced system of transportation modes that supports the City’s land use vision, reduces adverse transportation impacts, decreases the overall dependency on automobiles, and reflects the city’s pivotal role as the center of the regional transportation network. This project is consistent with planning and policy guidelines set forth in the City’s comprehensive plan Minneapolis 2040.



Provide the date that Location and Design Review was conducted for the project, the outcome of that analysis and the date formal action was taken by the Planning Commission:

Location and design review for this program took place May 25, 2017. The program was found consistent with the comprehensive plan by the City Planning Commission. No additional review is required.


Economic Development


Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base?

Maintains existing tax base.


Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Not Applicable.


Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?

Not Applicable.

Transportation


Is the proposed project on an existing or planned transitway, transit route, or high-volume pedestrian corridor? If yes, provide details on how the project will improve the transit and/or pedestrian experience.

This program is citywide. The primary purpose of the Pedestrian Safety Program is to improve the pedestrian experience. Transit is a critical connection to the pedestrian realm. Planned transitways and existing transit routes will be considered in the selection and design of projects in the program.


Is the proposed project on a route that is included in the All Ages and Abilities Network (AAA)? If yes, how is the route designated.

This program is citywide. The Pedestrian Priority Network in the Transportation Action Plan will be a consideration for projects in the Pedestrian Safety Program, with the intent of avoiding conflict with existing or future bike lanes.


Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.

Yes, the Pedestrian Safety Program will feature improvements to the pedestrian realm, including improved sidewalks, bumpouts, medians, crosswalks, APS, and providing ADA compliant curb ramps.


Is the right-of-way constrained and do you anticipate that modes of travel will be competing for space? Provide details, is there potential for innovative design options? Provide details

As a citywide program, projects will take place in a variety of street types, including those with constrained right-of-way. Given the focus on improvements that will enhance crossing the street, there is the potential of competition for space between different modes. There will be opportunities for innovation in design that will be based on the context of each project.

Operating Impacts


Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:


Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? Existing


What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? Varies – 50 years for concrete items such as sidewalks, curb extensions, traffic circles, and medians. 10 years for bituminous related items such as speed humps. 5 years for durable street markings such as crosswalks.


Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2022-2027

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? typical project within this program would add an additional $1,000 in annual operating costs. This includes some additional winter maintenance costs, sign and pavement marking replacement, and pedestrian signal repair.


Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: No


Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:

Additional winter maintenance costs were estimated for typical treatments within the program such as pedestrian medians and curb extensions. An additional allowance was given for signage, striping and pedestrian signal maintenance based on the typical frequency of these items.


If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:

The existing maintenance budget will be used to maintain this new infrastructure.


For new infrastructure, describe the estimated timing and dollar amount of future capital investment required to realize the full expected useful life of the project:

Not Applicable

Project Coordination


Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

Not Applicable.


If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

Minneapolis Public Works anticipates preliminary design and public involvement to begin two years prior to the start of project construction.


Scalability/Funding Allocation Flexibility – discuss any flexibility to increase or decrease funding among the years in the five-year plan and the most that could be spent in a given year:

Projects are anticipated to be one year construction projects. Spreading the construction over two or more years decreases the cost effectiveness of the projects.

Minneapolis Goals and Strategic Direction

Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals. Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.


Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Public Safety


Collaborative and community-inclusive strategies to ensure safety for all members of our community:

Increase accessibility of public infrastructure and public amenities.


Use design principles that ensure a safe and welcoming environment when designing all projects that impact the public realm.

Prioritize safety investments in line with the Complete Streets Policy.


Improve safety for pedestrians, and prioritize pedestrians over other road users, especially at street intersections; focus on signals, crosswalks, lighting, signage, visibility and lowering vehicular speeds through street design and other measures.


Public Health


The City has declared racism a public health emergency, noting that “racism in all its forms causes persistent discrimination and disparate outcomes in many areas of life”. Public Works recognizes the impact of racism in transportation systems and this program seeks to promote transportation equity and justice in accordance with the goals of the Strategic & Racial Equity Action Plan 2019-2022 by providing equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

Environmental Justice:


The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.

Reduce the energy, carbon, and health impacts of transportation through reduced single-occupancy vehicle trips and phasing out of fossil fuel vehicles.


Plan, design, build, maintain, and operate the city’s transportation system in a way that prioritizes pedestrians first, followed by bicycling and transit use, and lastly motor vehicle use. (Complete Streets Policy. Adopted May 2016.)


Improve the pedestrian environment in order to encourage walking and the use of mobility aids as a mode of transportation.


Improve and expand bicycle facilities in order to encourage bicycling as a mode of transportation.


Improve access to goods and services via walking, biking and transit.


Support development and public realm improvements near existing and planned METRO stations that result in walkable districts for living, working, shopping, and recreating.


Proactively improve the public realm to support a pedestrian friendly, high-quality and distinctive built environment.


Improve the tree canopy and urban forest.


Improve air quality by reducing emissions of pollutants that harm human health and the environment.


Minneapolis has also declared a climate emergency that demands a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse and address the consequences and causes of climate change. Through the Transportation Action Plan, Public Works has stated its intention to drastically reduce the transportation sector’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and this program/project aims to develop networks that will bring a climate-forward transportation system for the people of Minneapolis.

Built Environment & Transportation:


The City prioritizes high quality neighborhoods, streets, infrastructure and equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

The City of Minneapolis will promote design for the built environment that is dynamic and durable, reflects the diversity of Minneapolis residents, and contributes to a sense of place and community identity. The City will also proactively improve the public realm, including streets, sidewalks, parks and open spaces between buildings, to ensure that public spaces and private development are thoughtfully connected.


Achieving this goal also requires changes to the transportation system that make it easier to walk, bike or use transit to access daily needs. The City will proactively improve the pedestrian environment and continue to build and maintain a network of bikeways, while working with Metro Transit to increase the frequency, speed and reliability of the public transit system.


Additional Information

Add any additional information you feel is important for the CLIC committee, Mayor, City Council members or the general public to know about this potential project and why it should be approved:

Capital improvement projects in this program enhance the character of the area which helps preserve property values and the city’s tax base.