St. Paul Central Corridor Walkability Survey
Jane Jacobs believed strongly that local community members understand best how their neighborhoods work, and what is needed to strengthen them. The District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (DCC) couldn’t agree more. That’s why the first Jane’s Walk in Minneapolis and Saint Paul will kick off a three-week long Walkability Survey of routes to and from Central Corridor light rail stations, which are currently under construction.
To help celebrate the Walkability Kickoff on May 6th, Charles Landry, the internationally renowned authority on urban revitalization, will lead one of the Jane’s Walks and offer informal remarks at the Walkability Survey Reception from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at the Central Corridor Resource Center. Landry will then participate in a weeklong series of events focused on Creating the 21st Century Intercultural and Creative Cities.
The DCC’s Walkability Survey is designed to gather on-the-ground, neighborhood-based information about walking conditions on routes to light rail stations. At the opening day reception, walkers will be encouraged to share what they learned — the good, the bad, and the ugly — and help create a composite map of all the walks taken that day. Information gathered throughout the three weeks of the survey will be used to build momentum for pedestrian realm improvements to provide a safe, accessible, and enjoyable walk for people of all ages and levels of mobility.
Please join us for the Survey Kickoff Walk and Reception on Sunday, May 6th. Community members will be leading survey walks in most of the 18 station areas from the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis to Lowertown Saint Paul. All walks will begin at 2:30 pm. We will continue to update our webpage with information about where group walks will start as they are confirmed. The walks and reception are free. There is no need to signup in advance, but we would love it if you would register as a participant by going to http://dcc-stpaul-mpls.org/special-projects/central-corridor-walkability-survey. If you cannot join us for the Jane’s Walk Kickoff May 6th, you may make the walk and complete the Walkability Survey anytime through May 28th.
Date: Sunday May 6, 2012
Route: One walk begins at the Central Corridor Resource Center, 1080 University Ave W., St. Paul; other walks will begin in Central Corridor LRT station areas. Exact locations will be posted as they are finalized. Walkability Reception will be held at the Central Corridor Resource Center at 4:00 pm.
Accessibility: This event is accessible and welcoming to wheelchairs, bicycles, children and seniors.