Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, Equity, and Street Funding: New Criteria for Prioritizing Multimodal Street Projects in Minneapolis

The research team proposes a study to demonstrate how (1) estimates of pedestrian and bicyclist exposure to risk, (2) estimates of crash risk, and (3) measures of equity can strengthen approaches to (4) prioritizing multimodal street improvements. This study will build on ongoing, RSI-funded work to develop methods for assessing exposure to risk (Hankey and Lindsey 2016) and crash risk (Wang, Lindsey, and Hankey 2017). The study also will draw on related research that involves measuring changes in equity of access to bicycle facilities in Minneapolis as its network of bicycle facilities has expanded (Wang and Lindsey 2017). The City of Minneapolis, which will collaborate as a partner, is beginning implementation of its 20 Year Streets Funding Plan (City of Minneapolis 2016), The City recently completed an outreach campaign that identified the need to increase and clarify emphases on pedestrian and bicycle facilities, place more "weight" on "high-pedestrian, bicycle, and transit volume streets", and integrate equity considerations (specifically for "non-white majority and low-income population(s)") (City of Minneapolis 2017). Minneapolis's Funding Plan uses criteria in two categories, Asset Condition and Equity, to rank projects. Asset Condition includes many measures, including presence of bicycle facilities and safety. Safety includes average annual crashes at the project site (for 2012-2014) and estimation of crash rates. Safety also includes measures like race and poverty but does not incorporate GINI coefficients, a standard measure that facilitates comparison across sub-populations. The team will identify opportunities to strengthen criteria used to account for bicycle and pedestrian safety and equity when prioritizing street projects. This project addresses three focus areas: pedestrian and bicycle safety, safety policy, and safety for design and operations. The project similarly addresses three of the RFP goals: implementation, development of partnerships with government, and regional importance. All jurisdictions in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area face the challenges of estimating exposure to risk, analyzing crashes, and prioritizing investments in safe, equitable, multimodal streets.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $58732
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Roadway Safety Institute

    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Minnesota

    Humphrey School of Public Affairs
    301 19th Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455
  • Principal Investigators:

    Lindsey, Greg

  • Start Date: 20180223
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01664803
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Roadway Safety Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC35, CTS-2018057
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 28 2018 1:26PM