Mayor Dan Bender and the Mayor's Task Force on Streets and Sidewalks recently completed a 27 month process between 2014 and 2016 in which it researched and analyzed street and sidewalk issues from all perspectives and made recommendations for city policy and procedure improvements so all residents can get safely to their daily destinations.
The Report covers the following topics:
Winter Sidewalk Maintenance
Sidewalk Inspection and Maintenance
Street Reconstruction Projects
Sidewalk Connections on Vacant Lots
Walkability Improvements in Developed Areas
Sustaining the Work: Tools, Methods and Community Engagement
Pedestrian Plan & Policy report
Task Force members included city residents, City staff, elected officials, and local experts. This Pedestrian Plan and Policy Report was presented and accepted by City Council on June 27, 2016.
One specific outcome of the Pedestrian Plan and Policy Report was the development of a scoring criteria tool to help determine the relative benefit of filling in gaps in the sidewalk network. Sidewalks were scored based on their benefits to community planning, connectivity and safety, and the scores were compared to determine which sidewalk segments would be most useful to construct first given the sidewalk budget and other sidewalk needs in the city.
Red Wing is a Complete Streets City and has outlined its values of walkability and bikeability for all residents in three key city plans. The Mayor's task force was formed in 2014 to follow through with the goals and action plans outlined in these plans.