Transportation

The Transportation Chapter of the Comp Plan includes the evaluation of all modes of transportation within the City, including streets, highways, sidewalks, trails, bike lanes, transit facilities, railroads, and freight movement. It assesses the performance of the existing system in terms of safety and accessibility and, based on these assessments and input from the community, outlines goals, objectives, and policies that provide guidance and policy direction for the next 10 years based on needs anticipated through 2040.

Comp Plan Conversations: Land Use

Mon, July 10
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In 2016, the City Council appointed a 10-member Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Task Force to discuss goals, options, and potential policies and funding sources for expanded bicycle and pedestrian facilities before making recommendations to the City Council for inclusion in the Transportation Chapter.

Proposed Transportation Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Preserve and Enhance the Transportation System

Protect the public investment in transportation infrastructure through regular maintenance and management. Construct new facilities to standards that minimize maintenance and environmental impacts.

Objectives

  • Maintain the existing transportation system by making scheduled improvements to replace worn or obsolete components
  • Seek opportunities to improve existing local streets by coordinating improvements with county and state roadway partners and their funding programs
  • Enhance connectivity for non-motorized users to multi-modal facilities
  • Implement environmentally-conscious designs in reconstruction projects to the extent practical

Implementation Options

  • Employ proactive maintenance practices to maximize the lifespan of city infrastructure
  • Provide funding for maintenance staff, equipment, and related resources to allow restoration and improvement of aged or worn infrastructure
  • Collaborate with neighboring cities and agency partners to maintain common facility types
  • Continue the Pavement Management Program to reconstruct facilities following best practices that manage life cycle costs and minimize environmental impact
  • Identify low cost opportunities to incorporate bicycle and pedestrian system improvements within existing roadway corridors

Goal 2: Improve the Functionality and Safety of the Roadway Network

Improve mobility for efficient movement of people and goods on the local and regional roadway network. Improve safety for motorized and non-motorized traffic.

Objectives

  • Reduce vehicular crashes on the roadway network, especially at intersections
  • Provide safe walking and bicycling facilities and street crossing opportunities
  • Develop and promote safety education materials
  • Identify system deficiencies by examining trend data including crashes (safety), forecast traffic volumes (capacity), mobility, and accessibility
  • Improve traffic control at intersections to reduce intersection delays on signalized corridors
  • Support planning efforts on the regional roadway network for improvements that will relieve demand on the local arterials and collector streets

Implementation Options

  • Exercise access management strategies during development site plan review to improve capacity and reduce safety conflicts
  • Continue the work of the Traffic Safety Committee including reviewing and responding to safety and traffic control issues
  • Monitor known locations that have historical above average crash rates
  • Periodically update traffic signal phasing and timing to promote efficient traffic flow
  • Improve intersection geometry or traffic control to address safety issues
  • Strategically provide enforcement of traffic laws
  • Coordinate with MnDOT, Hennepin County, and neighboring cities to study opportunities for regional roadway improvements on US 169
  • Promote and support safety and capacity improvements to reduce congestion and safety problems on US 169 between I-394 and TH 55

Goal 3: Expand the Bicycle and Pedestrian Network in Order to Provide a Balanced System of Transportation Alternatives

Expand sidewalk, multi-use trail, and on-street bicycle facilities to provide greater opportunity to choose alternative modes of travel. Improve existing non-motorized transportation infrastructure systems.

Objectives

  • Ensure that local and regional destinations are accessible by biking and walking
  • Work with other agencies and property owners to construct new bicycle and pedestrian routes and upgrade intersections
  • Prioritize the implementation of primary north-south bicycle routes
  • Implement a multi-modal system that balances space and financial constraints
  • Reduce traffic congestion and strengthen economic competitiveness by providing options for alternative modes of transportation within the existing road network
  • Provide solutions for all modes of travel that demonstrate connectivity concerns
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles by providing connections to recreational and other congregating centers
  • Recognize changing modal choices, environmental conservation, and the growth of bicycle-to-work commuting

Implementation Options

  • Prioritize the construction of routes and intersection improvements near destinations such as Brookview Community Center, Blue Line Light Rail Stations, schools, parks and nature areas, Greater Downtown, retail centers, senior housing developments, healthcare facilities, and the West End
  • Conduct further study opportunities to improve the bicycle and pedestrian network in the  Downtown West area
  • Conduct site plan review as redevelopment occurs to ensure that sites provide an environment conducive to walking and biking
  • Require property owners to install sidewalks in identified areas as redevelopment occurs
  • Collaborate with Hennepin County, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Three Rivers Park District, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and other applicable agencies during repaving and reconstruction projects on roads and intersections
  • Work with adjacent city governmental agencies to implement consistent facility treatments across municipal boundaries
  • Seek opportunities to partner with organizations to implement the recommended improvements
  • Prioritize improvements to north-south connections to the Luce Line
  • Prioritize north-south connection across Highway 55 and Interstate 394
  • Implement low cost on-street bike routes and bike lanes in conjunction with pavement marking and traffic signing replacement/maintenance program
  • Utilize existing road width when roads are scheduled for pavement replacement to implement bicycle facilities
  • Reevaluate facility options when roads are scheduled for reconstruction and build multi-use trails or buffered/protected bikeways as well as sidewalks when feasible
  • Guide land use and development user types to be complimentary to existing or future multimodal facilities

Goal 4: Maximize Safety, Comfort, and Convenience for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Provide and maintain sidewalks, off road trails, and on-street bicycle facilities to a high standard for the comfort and safety of use by pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities.

Objectives

  • Identify and remove safety challenges for pedestrians and bicyclists at intersections, particularly on principle arterial roadways
  • Design routes and facilities that are comfortable for users of all ages and abilities
  • Ensure that the bicycle and pedestrian network is a convenient and easily understood system
  • Provide information that educates and builds awareness on safety precautions
  • Encourage year-round walking and biking by ensuring that winter maintenance of bicycle and pedestrian facilities is adequately addressed

Implementation Options

  • Continue to monitor accidents with bicyclists and pedestrians and prioritize the improvement of facilities that reduce potential for accidents
  • Work with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to improve intersections on Highway 55 for bicyclists and pedestrians, with consideration for grade-separated crossings
  • Continue enhancing existing pedestrian facilities to comply with standards established in the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Prioritize the construction of sidewalks and trails along roadways in locations that are identified as uncomfortable or unsafe for pedestrians, particularly on arterial routes
  • Build multi-use trails in identified locations to maximize comfort and safety
  • Provide a clear separation between different modes of transportation
  • Fill gaps in the sidewalk and bikeway system to maximize convenience and connectivity
  • Provide consistent wayfinding signage on bicycle and pedestrian routes that includes mileage to major destinations, including routes in adjacent cities
  • Provide bicycle racks at destinations located along existing and planned bicycle routes
  • Strive for a consistent design in bicycle and pedestrian facilities for the entire length of a route
  • Review City Sidewalk Policy for bicyclists, make adjustments to policy as bicycle and pedestrian network expands, and educate the public on this topic
  • Develop an education campaign on bicycle and pedestrian safety
  • Explore programming that encourages walking and biking in Golden Valley
  • Continue providing winter maintenance on bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the City
  • Evaluate the option of shifting winter maintenance responsibilities to property owners
  • Consider enhancing volunteer opportunities to ensure timely winter maintenance
  • Coordinate with MnDOT and Hennepin County to incorporate pedestrian and bicycle crossing safety features into signal systems on arterial routes
  • Use CityNews, the City website, and social media to educate the public on pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Apply industry best practices for pedestrian and bicycle facility design

Goal 5: Support and Promote Increased Transit Usage

Support and promote increased transit usage by improving connectivity, improved accessibility, and reliability of the transit services.

Objectives

  • Support local and regional transit provider plans and programs that benefit residents and visitors in the community
  • Continually assess and report the changing transit needs of area residents and visitors by implementing community outreach surveys to supplement the outreach efforts of local and regional providers
  • Ensure that existing high transit user areas and planned redevelopment projects are served with optimal transit facilities and services
  • Focus redevelopment efforts near high-frequency transit service and implement transit oriented development policies in these areas

Implementation Options

  • Promote development along transit corridors and near transit stations
  • Require or encourage travel demand management plans to be submitted with new development proposals
  • Encourage employers to provide incentives for employees to utilize transit

Goal 6: Integrate Community Values and Character into the Transportation System

Employ a context sensitive design approach to integrate transportation infrastructure with natural resources, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, public art, community resilience and sustainability, public realm improvements, and other features that represent community values, character, and identity.

Objectives

  • Work with local and regional transportation system partners and the business community to establish a unified design scheme that incorporates the community’s identity into public right-of-way projects
  • Include public realm improvements such as seating and public art in prominent public rights-of-way
  • Provide aesthetic treatments in public rights-of-way that are appropriate for the scale of the area, conform with selected community themes, and can be maintained within the City’s financial resources
  • Integrate land use planning and transportation planning efforts in order to continue addressing community goals and values within transportation infrastructure projects
  • Plan for community resilience and sustainability in transportation infrastructure projects

Implementation Options

  • Identify gateway locations or community spaces that are appropriate for public art or landscape features
  • Secure funding partnerships to construct and maintain unique public infrastructure
  • Balance a variety of community needs, interests, and values into the design process for transportation projects while maintaining a priority on safety and efficiency
  • Work in partnership with community members and other agencies to incorporate community values, land use plans, and transportation needs into the long-term vision for transportation corridors
  • Monitor potential impacts on the transportation system that may arise with emerging vehicle technologies, such as automated and connected vehicles
  • Incorporate green infrastructure that enhances water quality and reduces stormwater runoff in transportation infrastructure to the extent possible

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

As bicycling and walking become increasingly popular, the City Council has made it a priority to create a bicycle and pedestrian plan to be included in the Transportation Chapter of the City's Comprehensive Plan 2040. Planning will consider Metropolitan Council guiding principles for investment in the Regional Bicycle Transportation Network in the seven county metro area. These include:

  • facilitating safe and continuous trips to regional destinations
  • overcoming physical barriers to eliminate critical gaps in the bicycle network
  • accommodating a broad range of cyclists’ abilities and preferences to attract a wide variety of users

Map of existing bicycle and pedestrian network.

Community Input

The City is soliciting community input on the bicycle and pedestrian plan as part of the Comprehensive Plan update process that will begin in late summer 2016. In addition, the City Council appointed a 10-member Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Task Force to discuss goals, options, and potential policies and funding sources before making recommendations to the City Council.

One way to share your thoughts and ideas about biking and walking around Golden Valley is through the Interactive Bike and Pedestrian Map.

This process will be guided by a graduate-level Bike Plan Capstone Report by Urban and Regional Planning students at the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Task Force

All meetings will be in the Council Conference room at City Hall from 6–8 pm. Application window is now closed.


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