What do we mean when we say “walking”?

Walking is a term often used as part of this plan. MnDOT uses the NCHPAD’s (National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability) definition of walking in their #HowIWalk campaign. The campaign defines walking as an inclusive physical activity term that is individualized based on how a person moves. When this plan and its activities say walking, it includes the use of assistive devices, such as wheelchairs or walkers.


Walking is a key part in how people move around, whether out walking the dog, going to school, catching the bus, or traveling through the parking lot.

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Walking to Food

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Walking the Dog

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Going to School

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Catching the Bus

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Traveling Through the
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Walking plays an essential part in Minnesota’s transportation system and is an important contributor to the health of our communities. Wherever people are going, and whether or not their using wheelchairs, strollers, or other devices, Minnesotans want and need safe places to walk.


Pedestrian safety is a priority for MnDOT, and the Statewide Pedestrian System Plan will improve walking in Minnesota. The Plan will help to understand ways that MnDOT can make changes so that Minnesota is safer, easier, and more desirable for walking. The primary questions that the plan will address are:

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How are pedestrian networks important to the state’s transportation system? What is the benefit that they bring to the communities that they serve and to the state as a whole?

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How can we prioritize investment on the trunk highway system?

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In what ways can we translate this vision of walkable system into MnDOT-focused policy tools, implementation guides, and training opportunities


The Statewide Pedestrian System Plan will guide MnDOT’s investments to improve places for people walking along and across the state’s highway system. It will help prioritize and create spaces that are safe and convenient for people to walk along and across state highways. It will also help MnDOT understand the role that the trunk highway system plays for residents and visitors. This will help guide future investment to continue to make walking more desirable and accessible.