Walking & Biking: Collaborative Analysis to Improve the Non-Motorized Built Environment

APA Minnesota Chapter


Thursday, September 28, 2017
10:30 a.m. - noon CDT

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Good data is valuable for creating and improving walkable and bikeable places in Minnesota. Many agencies across the state assist in collecting non-motorized counts with the long-term goal of equitably improving public facilities and spaces, and understanding local trends in walking and biking to create better encouragement and safety. As a state, Minnesota is a national leader in developing these methodologies and is working hard with partners to make data available to communities statewide. This presentation will highlight three agencies that collaborate on pedestrian counting: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), and Minneapolis Public Works.

Learning Objectives include:

1. Participants will understand why a standard methodology in people counting is important.

2. Participants will be able to connect data evaluation of people biking and walking to street or corridor needs in their communities.

3. Participants will see how assessment tools of people biking and walking can promote equity in health and transportation access.


Kurt Wayne

Kurt’s background is in transportation planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School for Public Policy. Prior to working in Minneapolis, Kurt was a transportation planner in Bemidji, MN, which included activities such as managing bike and pedestrian count data for the community. At Minneapolis’ Public Works, Kurt ... Read More

Jennifer Pelletier

Jennifer is a Community Evaluation Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Health responsible for leading evaluation efforts on active living. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and evaluation of school and community policies to increase access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. She has ... Read More

Kelly Corbin

As the Physical Activity Coordinator role for the Minnesota Department of Health, Kelly supports state and local efforts to make communities more walkable and bike-able. She brings 7 years of local public health experience working in rural cities as well as Minnesota’s 3rd largest city providing a range of ... Read More

Michael Petesch

With a background in environmental and transportation planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School for Public Policy, Michael has extensive knowledge in managing counting programs utilizing manual tallying and automated equipment. Currently, he is working with partners across Minnesota to establish a network of fixed and portable automated ... Read More

Contact Info

Jane Kansier, janeka@bolton-menk.com