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Improving Safety and Walkability

Walking is a healthy and environmentally-friendly way to get around, so how can we make it safer, more comfortable, and more enjoyable? In order to answer this question, the Department of Public Works and its partners are working on Milwaukee's first citywide Pedestrian Plan. Our team currently is gathering input from residents about their experiences and thoughts on walking in Milwaukee. We’re also collecting data about walking conditions around the City. Plus, we’re researching ways that other communities have created friendlier places to walk and get around.

Based on the feedback from the community and the results of our studies, the Milwaukee Pedestrian Plan will include recommendations like:

  • How the City can build streets to keep pedestrians safer
  • What changes will make our network of sidewalks and trails more accessible to everyone
  • What policies the City should have to make sure pedestrians are considered in all transportation projects
  • What kind of programs will encourage Milwaukeeans to walk more often

Who is a "pedestrian"?

Everyone is a pedestrian! Even people who drive, bike, or take the bus everywhere still have to get from their parking spot or the bus stop to their final destination. For this project, a “pedestrian” is anyone walking, running, traveling in a wheelchair, or using any other assistive device.

Project Schedule

  • September 11, 2017: Public Involvement Meeting #1 (view meeting materials here)
  • Fall 2017: Study existing conditions including crashes, yielding to pedestrians, and pedestrian traffic counts. Hold additional public outreach activities.
  • Winter 2017/2018: Summarize findings and share draft recommendations.
  • Spring 2018: Conduct more public outreach and hold second public involvement meeting.
  • Early Summer 2018: Publish Final Pedestrian Plan and present to Milwaukee Common Council for adoption

Get Involved

The online survey closed on January 31, 2018, and we were thrilled to receive almost 2,000 responses! Thank you to everyone that participated. We greatly appreciate your feedback. Our team is diligently evaluating the results and hope to share the findings in late winter. 

For more information, sign up for 'Bicycle and Pedestrian News' E-notify here:  

If you have any questions about the plan, please email us at or call us at (414) 286-8750.



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Contact Infrastructure Services

Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building 
841 North Broadway, Room 701 
Milwaukee, WI 53202

414-286-CITY (2489)