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Safe and Healthy Streets 

Safe and Healthy Streets was a project funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment. The project involved a partnership among the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW), Wisconsin Bike Fed, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Safe and Healthy Streets MKE.  

Milwaukee residents, including those who are low-income and people of color, repeatedly indicate a desire for better sidewalks, bike lanes, trails. To address the gap between what communities want (safe, active streets) and the City of Milwaukee's current streets, project partners worked to develop a culture of health by increasing the number and safety of people who walk and bike, and by changing the policies, procedures, and priorities at the City of Milwaukee DPW to create streets that support active transportation and community values.  

The work completed under this project assisted DPW in implementing and evaluating its Complete Streets policy. Other work completed through this project is linked below. 


Safe and Healthy Streets Surveys 

The project team developed surveys to better understand Milwaukee residents’ perceptions of the city’s streets. Surveys included a citywide survey and a project-specific survey. The report and executive summary below summarize findings and lessons learned from these surveys.  

Milwaukee Safe & Healthy Streets Surveys Executive Summary Report 

Milwaukee Safe & Healthy Streets Surveys Full Report 


Streetwise MKE 

Streetwise MKE is a toolkit that helps Milwaukee neighbors imagine what their streets could look like. The treatments in this booklet encourage walking and biking, slow cars, and make streets safer for everyone. The purpose of this toolkit is to educate Milwaukee residents on the options that may be available to create safe and healthy streets.  


Streetwise MKE (English)                   Streetwise MKE (Español)

Community Justice through Safe and Healthy Streets Summit 

Community Justice through Safe and Healthy Streets was a two-day summit that reflected on three years of work to create safe, healthy, equitable, and vibrant streets in Milwaukee. It included presentations and dialogue from the Medical College of Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee, the City of Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Bike Fed, and other community partners.  

The event also included keynote presentations from Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Professor of Urban Planning and Associate Dean of UCLA’s School of Public Affairs. 

The keynotes and all presentations are available to watch on YouTube by following the link below. 

Community Justice through Safe and Healthy Streets 

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