Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

Walking and biking are daily exercises options that almost everyone can enjoy. However, sometimes communities aren't especially set up to keep walkers and bicyclists safe from traffic or other hazards. Communities can partner with SHIP and other potential partners like the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRC) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to work together to make communities safer for these modes of transportation. The project should involve all areas of looking at design, engineering, access, and sustainability. Are there sufficient cross walks and signage for safe passage across busy streets?  Are walking and biking trails well lit with appropriate wayfinding signage? Are residents knowledgeable on safety steps they can take while walking or biking throughout the community? Are automobile drivers aware of safety concerns with walkers and bicyclists? Can drivers easily see signs warning them of cross walks, etc? Do low income or other vulnerable populations have access to bicycles and helmets to experience this form of exercise? These are all questions that should be addressed when doing a pedestrian and bicycle safety project.

If you are interested in partnering with us to make your community more walkable and/or bikable, we would love to hear from you. Contact Countryside SHIP.

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