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Milwaukee Pedestrian Plan

Cover photo from Milwaukee Pedestrian Plan adopted July 2019  showing family walking along Wisconsin Avenue in Downtown Milwaukee.

Common Council adopted the Milwaukee Pedestrian Plan on July 30, 2019! Read the resolution (File #190535) here.

Click here to view the final Milwaukee Pedestrian Plan!

Click on the links below to access the whitepapers from the plan:

Special thank you to everyone who participated and provided feedback for the plan!

Stay tuned to this page for more news and the City's progress on making Milwaukee better for walking.

Project Overview

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 have created Milwaukee's first citywide Pedestrian Plan. Our team gathered input from residents about their experiences and thoughts on walking in Milwaukee. We also collected data about walking conditions around the City. Plus, we’re researched 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 includes recommendations such as:

  • 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.


Public Engagement Dates & Materials

A family marking a map with recommendations for the Milwaukee Pedestrian Plan

Public Involvement Meeting #1:

The first open house meeting introduced the plan and gathered community feedback to help develop the initial draft. It was held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Milwaukee's Central Library

Click on the links below to view the first open house materials.

Public Engagement Meeting audience listening to presentation at Mitchell Street Library

Public Involvement Meeting #2:

The second open house meeting provided an opportunity to review and share feedback on the draft plan. It was held Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Milwaukee's Mitchell Street Library

Click on the link below to view the second open house materials.


Image of Plan Timeline. 1. Study Existing Conditions 2. Public Meeting 3. Focus Groups 4. Develop Draft Plan 5. Open House 6. Revise Plan based on feedback 7. Final Plan 8. Common Council Adoption


For questions about the project, please contact bikewalk@milwaukee.gov or (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)