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January 21, 2019 - Pedestrian Safety

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 11:22 AM by Kate Berg

January 21, 2019

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Q: With the recent pedestrian deaths in the Twin Cities, I think the good people of Red Wing should be reminded to walk on the sidewalks. Recently, in a slick snowstorm, I was driving up Brooks (Avenue) in Red Wing. Around the curves, and just down from the top of this steep hill, a woman was walking her dog in the street. Not only was I trying to make the hill and the curves, I now had to suddenly watch for the pedestrian and the dog in the street. 

Images of people walking down streets against a blue background with the words "Walking in the st

Thank you for this important pedestrian reminder! We highly encourage exercise and healthy living--in our community, this involves running or walking. When walking, you MUST use a sidewalk if one is available. If a sidewalk is not available, you may walk on the left side of the road. This is covered under Minnesota Statute #169.21 Subd. 5. Walk on the left side of the roadway. Pedestrians, when walking or moving in a wheelchair along a roadway shall, when practicable, walk or move on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder giving way to oncoming traffic. Where sidewalks are provided and are accessible and usable, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk or move in a wheelchair along and upon an adjacent roadway. 

City of Red Wing Code, Chapter 7, Streets & Sidewalks, Section 7.05, Ice and Snow on Public Sidewalks, subdivision 1 states that property owners/tenants shall abate snow or ice from the sidewalk within 24 hours after such snow or ice has ceased to be deposited. 
In 2016, the City of Red Wing created the Pedestrian Plan and Policy Report in regards to sidewalk installation and maintenance.  This plan can be located a: https://www.red-wing.org/174/Mayors-Task-Force-on-Streets-Sidewalks

Help us keep Red Wing safe.  To summarize, keep sidewalks cleared and pedestrians should walk on the sidewalk when available.  If sidewalks are not available, walk on the left side of the street and ensure to give way to oncoming traffic.  Vehicle operators, ensure you control your vehicle and do not drive faster than conditions will allow.


1. Minnesota Statute #169.21, Pedestrians. Subdivision 5, Walk on left side of roadway. Found online at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/169.21

2. City of Red Wing Code, Chapter 7, Streets and Sidewalks. Located online at: http://lf.ci.red-wing.mn.us/weblink/0/doc/52268/Page1.aspx

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