Mpls. Earns Gold-Level “Walk-Friendly” Designation

The city said that it was recognized for its excellent planning policies, high level of staff commitment to pedestrian safety, and pedestrian campaigns and events.

Minneapolis may just be one of the best places for avid walkers.

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) recently awarded the city a gold-level, “walk-friendly” designation.

The city said that it was recognized for its excellent planning policies, high level of staff commitment to pedestrian safety, and pedestrian campaigns and events.

More than 90 percent of streets in Minneapolis have complete sidewalks, and the city's Sidewalk Inspections Office regularly replaces defective sidewalks and curbs. Additionally, bridges throughout the city are equipped for pedestrians, and the city routinely conducts pedestrian counts to find out how much walking is taking place.

In addition to Minneapolis, nine other U.S. cities also just earned “walk-friendly” status from the PBIC. Other cities recognized at the gold level were Chicago and San Francisco. Meanwhile, Alexandria, Virginia; Philadelphia; and Santa Monica, California achieved silver-level status-and Cary, North Carolina; Corvalllis, Oregon; Davidson, North Carolina; and Lee's Summit, Missouri were recognized at the bronze level.

The PBIC-which is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina-aims to improve the quality of life in communities by promoting walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity.