05/19/11

Survey of North Minneapolis Residents About Bicycling and WalkingSurvey of North Minneapolis Residents About Bicycling and Walking

 

Update (5/25/2011):  Surveys will begin 5/27/11 in areas least affected by the tornado.

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Hilary Reeves, Bike Walk Twin Cities

651-767-0298, x115

 

Sean McDonnellBWTC color logo small.jpg, McDonnell & Company

612-889-3297 

 

 

Bike Walk Twin Cities
A program of Transit for Livable Communities
626 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104
www.bikewalktwincities.org

Survey of North Minneapolis Residents About Bicycling and Walking

Survey by Bike Walk Twin Cities and Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support

 

Saint Paul, Minn. - May 20, 2011 - Some 300 North Minneapolis residents will be surveyed over the next four to six weeks, starting Saturday, May 21, to determine their current behaviors, attitudes and perceptions about bicycling and walking in the community.

 

Findings of the survey, sponsored by Bike Walk Twin Cities (BWTC) and the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support (MDHFS), will be used to understand how North Minneapolis residents use bicycling and walking as a means of transportation, as well as how bicycling and walking can promote community health and wellness. A follow-up survey, to be conducted this fall, will measure changes in awareness of bicycling and walking options and their actual use as ways to get around.

 

The surveys, which will take approximately 15 minutes each to complete, will be conducted by trained community volunteers recruited by the Minneapolis-based Cultural Wellness Center. Many of the survey interviewers are members of the Major Taylor Bicycle Club and/or are North Minneapolis residents. Interviewers will be readily identifiable by wearing brightly colored "Bike. Walk. Move" t-shirts.

 

Survey respondents will be chosen from randomly selected households in seven North Minneapolis neighborhoods: Willard-Hay; Near North; Cleveland; Folwell, McKinley; Hawthorne; and Jordan. Interviewers will visit sampled residences in these neighborhoods on weekdays in the early evening and on Saturdays. Survey participation is voluntary. The surveys will be conducted face-to-face, but respondents will have the option of completing the survey online or by phone at a later time.

 

"The input of North Minneapolis residents is vital to understanding how bicycling and walking fit into everyday life," said Joan Pasiuk, program director of BWTC, a program of Transit for Livable Communities. "Survey respondents will have a direct say in helping forge a stronger North side community."

 

The survey was created by Minneapolis-based Rainbow Research, Inc., a non-profit research and evaluation firm with a long history of local neighborhood-based and participatory evaluation.

 

Several projects funded by BWTC and MDHFS to improve bicycling and walking access in North Minneapolis have been completed or are underway this summer.

 

About Bike Walk Twin Cities

 

The Twin Cities is one of four U.S. communities to receive $22 million through the federal "Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program" to enhance bicycling and walking as transportation and to improve health, community livability, and air quality. Bike Walk Twin Cities (BWTC), a program of Transit for Livable Communities, administers the Minneapolis-St. Paul pilot program. BWTC has funded infrastructure enhancements, innovative programs (such as Nice Ride Minnesota bike sharing and the Sibley Bike Deport Community Partners Bike Library) community outreach (through the Bike Walk Ambassadors and St. Paul Smart-Trips' neighborhood marketing), planning, and measurement. BWTC's infrastructure and capital investments will add nearly 90 miles of new bikeways and sidewalks in the Twin Cities. To learn more about BWTC, go to www.bikewalktwincities.org.

 

About the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative at MDHFS

 

The Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support's Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative is made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These funds are targeted to reduce obesity by working to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity.

 

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