Burnsville, MN

Improving active transportation in Burnsville for a healthier, safer and more vibrant community

Stephanie Moua

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BURNSVILLE, MN – Burnsville's journey to become a healthy, safe and dynamic town will necessitate multi-modal planning activities that are representative of the existing voices and needs of the community.

To create a more inclusive transportation system and satisfy the goals of the Sustainability Guide Plan and the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, the city is beginning a multi-modal study and a development of a complete streets policy.

A multi-modal system plan establishes a framework for investments in walking, bicycling and multi-modal network developments that are consistent with the community's values and objectives. The city, in collaboration with the County and with funding from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), is developing actionable recommendations and an implementation strategy based on rigorous, data-driven studies and public engagement.

A Complete Streets policy displays a community’s commitment to ensuring safe travel for individuals of all ages and abilities, regardless of the mode of transportation. These regulations assist in bringing a multi-modal balance to transportation projects, which have a long-standing history of favoring motor vehicle traffic at the expense of other means of mobility, such as walking, bicycling and public transit.

The Complete Streets and Active Transportation Design Guidelines will reflect local and national best practices as well as the community’s vision and aspirations generated via the public engagement process. It will consist of a number of tools to enable the city to meet multi-modal needs in roadway improvements and to ensure consistency across future projects.

Data and community feedback will be used to identify the top needs, opportunities and priorities for future initiatives in the multi-modal study and complete streets policy. The research will take place in the spring, summer and fall 2021, with considerable public participation in the late spring and summer.

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