Current Coalition initiatives
- Partnering with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to implement the state Complete Streets law
- Working with local communities interested in Complete Streets
- Working with engineers to better understand opportunities for and barriers to Complete Streets
The Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition began in July 2009 as a collaboration between Fresh Energy, Transit for Livable Communities, and the Prevention Minnesota work of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. The Coalition has grown rapidly, and is intended to draw together diverse groups who all seek to improve and ensure access to safe travel choices for Minnesotans. In addition to the three founding groups, the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is now also a member of the Coalition Steering Committee.
Nationally, Complete Streets policies have been adopted in 20 states and more than 300 local governments. Here in Minnesota, policies or resolutions have been adopted by more than 25 local communities (you can see the full list here).
Minnesota is fortunate that a strong foundation for a Complete Streets policy has been built on work begun decades ago to address travel needs for pedestrians and bicyclists, efforts to improve access and attractiveness of transit, the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, along with planning initiatives aiming toward strengthening neighborhoods and community centers.
In 2008, the Legislature mandated the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to undertake a Complete Streets policy review that examines the “costs, benefits, and feasibility” of a statewide policy. The final MnDOT Complete Streets Report includes a recommendation for a statewide policy. MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel has spoken about the value of Complete Streets. MnDOT has formed a partnership of state agencies, local government representatives, and other stakeholders to work on the implementation of a MnDOT policy on Complete Streets.
In 2010, Governor Tim Pawlenty passed the state Complete Streets law after strong bi-partisan support in the legislature. The law applies to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Mn/DOT is working through its Complete Streets Partnership to implement.
Why is a Complete Streets Policy Needed?
Too many roads are not safe for all users.
More than 500 Minnesota pedestrians and bicyclists have been killed in the last decade, and more than 20,000 have been injured.
Too many roads do not provide safe access for children, seniors, and people with disabilities.
About 40 percent of Minnesotans do not drive--they need "complete" streets to stay active, healthy, and independent.
The following organizations are members of the Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition:
Alliance for Metropolitan Stability
Alliance for Sustainability
American Cancer Society Midwest Division
American Council of the Blind of Minnesota
American Heart Association
Barr Engineering Company
Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota
BLEND: Better Living Exercise & Nutrition Daily
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Zones--Dan Buettner
Bush Management Company
Cedar Ave United
City of Rochester
City of Saint Paul
Dero Bike Rack Company
Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition
First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center
Fit City Duluth
Friends of Washington County
Get Fit Itasca
Growth and Justice
Howard R. Green Company
Joe Urban, Inc.
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Laura Baker Services Association
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota
Minneapolis Electric Bicycle Company
Minnesota Association of Small Cities
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Minnesota Environmental Partnership
Minnesota Public Health Association
Minnesota Public Interest Research Group
Minnesota State Alliance of YMCAs
Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Minnesota Chapter
Northfield Nonmotorized Transportation Task Force
Now Bikes and Fitness
Pates Planning and Design
Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
Red Wing Housing and Redevelopment Authority
ROCORI Community Education
Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation
Shifting Gears Bicycles
Sierra Club North Star Chapter
St. Paul Smart Trips
Superior Cycling Association
The Arc of Minnesota
The Corduroy Studio, Inc.
The Cornerstone Group
Transit for Livable Communities
Transportation for America's Minnesota Coalition
Twin Cities Bicycling Club
Twin Cities Medical Society
Twin Cities Streets for People
Urban Land Institute Minnesota
Weber Community Planning
Widseth Smith Nolting