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.

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.

CDG worked in close collaboration with Eden Prairie staff and residents to develop the City of Eden Prairie’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. Deeply informed by an active living perspective, the plan responds to the city’s existing trail assets and to the planned implementation of the Southwest LRT/Green Line Extension, which includes five planned stations within the city.

CDG designed and led a creative and inclusive process of community engagement for the Hennepin County Bicycle Transportation Plan. CDG developed the project’s Community Engagement Plan, developed workshop activities, and led and facilitated listening sessions with communities throughout the county, with special emphasis on connecting with ethnic, cultural and health disparity communities.

Working for the Minnesota Department of Transportation over four funding cycles (2012 to 2017), CDG developed over one hundred Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) plans to improve walking and biking conditions for students at schools throughout Minnesota.

Our services have included everything from detailed site audits, concept development and infrastructure design to programming (non-infrastructure) recommendations, phasing and plan implementation guidance, and ongoing support to schools through engagement with parents and agency partners.

Robbinsdale is a first-ring Twin Cities suburb that is enjoying a resurgence in development and economic activity. Upcoming transportation investments, including the Bottineau LRT line, will more easily and conveniently link its economic, recreational and cultural assets with the metropolitan region and surrounding communities.

Working in close collaboration with city and county staff and community residents, CDG developed the city’s new (and first) Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan.

The city of Hopkins, Minnesota first developed as a small town and is now a fully-developed second-ring suburb of Minneapolis. Anchored by a strong and vibrant downtown, the city retains an urban framework that provides a solid foundation for pedestrian and bicycle mobility.

CDG managed and coordinated the successful implementation of all four Open Streets events held in Minneapolis in 2013.

CDG has led system planning, design, evaluation and community engagement efforts for Nice Ride Minnesota, the Twin Cities bikeshare system, since fall of 2010, its first year of deployment.

CDG’s broad, inclusive and user-friendly planning and design process facilitated implementation, engaged Twin Cities residents and institutions in the shaping of the system, and made possible Nice Ride’s successful and sustainable expansion.

CDG’s tasks have included:

How do you find out if homeowners and neighborhood residents are amenable to turning their street into a linear park?

The short answer is: you ask them. Working with TLC / Bike Walk Twin Cities, we convened and facilitated community conversations around the possibility of converting some residential streets in North Minneapolis - one of the most ethnically, culturally and economically diverse communities in Minnesota - into a Greenway for pedestrians and cyclists.

Community Design Group provided bicycle and pedestrian planning, community engagement, and technical assistance services to Twin Cities Metro-area jurisdictions as part of the $25 million Federal Non-motorized Transportation Pilot (NTP) grant administered by Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) and Bike Walk Twin Cities.

Improving cyclist and pedestrian safety, access and connections was a prominent goal of this work, as was supporting TLC's and Bike Walk Twin Cities' goals for inclusive and engaging public processes.