Walk / Bike Planning and Sustainable Mobility

We believe access to walking and biking as part of daily travel is a cornerstone for quality of life in our communities. We develop safe, comfortable, connected and inviting walking and biking networks that address the needs of people of all ages and abilities, and increase access, options, safety and convenience for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and motorists.

Learn more about our approach here >, and check out the list below for some of our recent pedestrian and bicycle planning projects.

We are working with Three Rivers Park District to determine the preferred alignments for two future regional trails along the western Twin Cities metro area. The trails will include a north-south corridor between Bryant Lake and French Regional Parks, and an extension of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.

The new trails will connect key park destinations, provide connectivity and access through the cities of Plymouth, Wayzata, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, and connect to important local parks, trails and destinations.

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.

As part of MnDOT's "Rethinking I-94" project team and working closely with corridor cities and the Metropolitan Council, Community Design Group is leading the effort to re-imagine enhanced pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure along and across the Interstate 94 corridor.

Rethinking I-94 will setup the framework for investments in connectivity and access improvement projects throughout the project area for decades to come. Significant questions that this projects seeks to answer include:

Live Healthy Red Wing - working closely with the City of Red Wing - received a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Active Places demonstration project grant to implement a temporary pilot demonstration of walkability and safety improvements at the intersection of the Old West Main Street and Jackson Street. This intersection is slated for a 2021 reconstruction.

CDG is excited to be working with the City of Red Wing, Minnesota on an innovative active places demonstration project for the city's original Main Street this summer!

Community Design Group is working with other project partners to develop design alternatives for the Rochester City Loop in Rochester, MN. The project is developing a “city loop” bike trail that will tie into the existing bikes network while creating a route encircling downtown. Supporting Rochester’s DMC Development District, the City Loop will provide comprehensively branded, low-stress, high quality walking and biking facilities that safely connect residents, employees, visitors, patients, and patient companions with places and spaces throughout the downtown.

CDG led the update of the City of Fitchburg Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for 2017. The Plan offers infrastructure and programming recommendations to improve walking and bicycling conditions in Fitchburg and make walking and riding a bicycle more convenient and enjoyable travel choices for people who live, work, and play in the city.

CDG is working with the City of Oak Creek, Wisconsin to prepare a Safe Routes to School Action Plan for all public elementary and middle schools in their school district. Oak Creek, a city of approximately 35,000 people just south of Milwaukee, is focused on improving walkability and access to Active Transportation for all school children in their community.

The Saint Paul Grand Round is a visionary project to complete a 30 mile scenic parkway with off-street pedestrian and bicycle trails connecting neighborhoods across the entire city of Saint Paul.

The Grand Round is a city-wide asset that has increased walking and biking connections to local businesses and destinations, helped calm traffic in residential neighborhoods, and connected communities across the city.

The Bismarck-Mandan metropolitan area is one of the main hubs of economic activity and innovation in North Dakota, with a population of about 90,000 residents.

CDG developed the pedestrian and bicycle component of the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) 2015-2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The LRTP, updated every five years, steers development of the Bismarck-Mandan area's transportation system for the next 20 years and beyond.