City appoints non-motorized transportation task force

I'm happy to say that the City of Northfield approved the nonmotorized transportation task force, which will exist for one year. The city council approved the resolution creating the task force (2007-051) on Monday, May 7, and the Park and Recreation Advisory Board approved 10 members the next evening. To see the text of the resolution, go to the city council packet for May 7, and see pages 23 and 24. The task force members include myself, Bruce Anderson, Anne Bretts, Kirsten Cahoon, Dan Kust, Neil Lutsky, Randy Perkins, John Stull, Richard Vanasek, and Peter Waskiw.

There is room for 5 more members on the task force, and letters can be sent to me or the Park Board, with appointment possible following the next Park Board meeting.

We will be sending out an email soon to set up the first task force meeting.

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So what does it all mean?

So what will this task force be doing? Does it have real powers or... ?

Seems like the non-motorized damage has already been done.

task force mission and goals

Below are the mission and goals of the task force. There might be real power if we can gain a Safe Routes to Schools or other grant -- that is, money.

We can also work with the city and employers/organizations to improve conditions. I'm particularly eager to re-apply for bicycle friendly community status (the city gained and then lost that status when it did not re-apply) with the League of American Bicyclists; participating in that program long-term, and attempting to upgrade our status from nothing today to bronze and then higher levels, could lead to great things.

Mission: To enable and promote walking, cycling, and other human-powered activities as safe forms of transportation, thereby creating healthier, more vibrant, and more energy-efficient communities.


1. Hold public meetings to gather input from the community

2. Explore the establishment or expansion of a Safe Routes to Schools program, including possible application for grants

3. Locate and apply for other funding opportunities, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield grants supporting “active living”

4. Provide input to the revisions of Comprehensive Plans; clarify what existing plans are in place (for example, Northfield’s Trail Master Plan)

5. Identify locations for possible biking and walking routes that are not on existing plans and that will connect important destinations, including the library, swimming pool, Dundas Dukes playing field, and other sports fields; integrate a route system with existing or future regional and state trails, specifically the Mill Towns State Trail

6. Apply to the League of American Bicyclists for the Bicycle Friendly Community designation; pursue actions required to achieve the designation

7. Create a report of other recommended actions for local governments, including possible recommendations for the Greenway Corridors project, education programs, signage, and maps. Specific actions may also be accomplished in these areas as well.

8. Work with local organizations and employers to encourage nonmotorized commuting

Onward and upward, Bill

Congratulations Bill! You've been a patient governmental supplicant and you've now been rewarded. I think this a great move for Northfield and look forward to the work of your task force.