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Rochester, MN

Walk Friendly Communities - Bronze Level

Community Highlights

Rochester is designated as a Bronze-level community due to its outstanding engineering practices, extensive trail system, and commitment to improving the pedestrian environment. Highlights of Rochester’s application include:

  • Rochester has a curb ramp and sidewalk inventory system. Currently 100 percent of intersections have ADA accessible ramps on all four corners and the sidewalk maintenance program that reviews subareas of the City on a five-year cycle to identify sections for improvement. The City also does an excellent job of including pedestrian provisions on over 80 bridges throughout Rochester.
  • The 99 mile trail network in Rochester is anchored by the Rochester River Trails system. The River Trails network connects many of the major regional and community parks while at the same time providing safe off-road access to the Rochester Central Business District. With another 60 miles of trails in the works, the City’s planning documents show how additional trail connections can strengthen the transportation network.
  • 90-95 percent of all intersections have countdown signals. Rochester also has Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI) in the central business district and other high activity pedestrian areas.
  • Rochester’s policies do a good job of promoting the connectivity of the pedestrian network.
  • The City’s complete streets policy and several recent projects show that Rochester is prioritizing pedestrian considerations in every project.
  • Rochester’s Downtown Mobility Plan contains a Pedestrian Environment Action Plan to specifically target areas of high pedestrian activity. The Plan uses the pedestrian environmental quality index (PEQI) assessment to diagnose some of the critical deficiencies in the pedestrian network and identifies specific improvements that can be implemented in the Capital Improvement Program.