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St. Paul, MN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Engaging people in transportation options/safety

Description: Hamline Midway Coalition wanted to inform the public about its plan for an improved pedestrian path along Hamline Avenue. The Coalition hosted a Community Engagement Day, where they gathered feedback from locals, collecting more than 40 responses. They created and put up posters to share their vision for the path. Additionally, project organizers also reached out to business owners along the corridor and met with the Department of Public Works to better understand the proposal, approval and funding process. Separated from the street by raised planters and delineated with clear street markings, the design for a 25-foot-wide path aims to improve safety for shoppers and residents traveling on foot.

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Brooklyn Park, MN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Accessibility of amenities

Description: The City of Brooklyn Park hoped to improve the accessibility of its community events, making them more welcoming to residents with mobility challenges. So the City invested in portable mats, which event organizers can lay down to create a 360-foot accessible pathway. Additionally, the City purchased outdoor chairs to flank the path. Meant to be used across the community, the mats and chairs are easily stored and transported between event locations by city staff.

Burnsville, MN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Roadway/sidewalks/crosswalk improvement

Description: Burnsville city staff identified four crosswalks in need of safety improvements. To make the crossings safter for people on foot, they installed flashing beacons, which pedestrians activate by pushing a button. The flashing lights alter drivers to people crossing the street, prompting them to slow down. They also repainted pavement striping, added signage and improved sidewalks to make them ADA-accessible. To evaluate the efficacy of the changes, the City conducted a pedestrian study after installation. The City is now working to educate drivers about the beacons and crosswalk safety.

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