Building an All Ages and Abilities walking and biking network in a developed first-ring suburban community
An innovative community known for its high quality of life and its forward-thinking approaches to sustainability and resident empowerment, Edina sought to develop a plan for a walking and biking network that would allow its residents and visitors to walk and bike to school, work, parks, shopping and community destinations using facilities that would not only be safe but also feel comfortable and inviting to the majority of its population.
CDG worked closely with Edina residents, staff and appointed commissions to develop an innovative plan that uses latest approaches and best walk/bike design practices to set up a high-quality network of routes based on a “Twin Loops” framework connecting all areas of the city and providing a framework for organizing other routes offering connectivity throughout the community.
In addition, the plan strongly articulates a “6Es” framework that recognizes that although infrastructure is an essential component for the improvements the city seeks, a holistic approach that also takes into account education and encouragement, enforcement, and measurement and evaluation - within a framework that prioritizes equitable distribution of access to sustainable transportation throughout the community - will set the community on its path to continuing success.
The plan was completed in early 2018 and was adopted by the Edina City Council at its meeting of February 21, 2018.