Staying safe on the Greenway
The Greenway is safe, Soren argued. Pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters take 1.5 million trips on it each year, and there are, on average, two or three late-night assaults during that time. On top of the benefits of being a car-free thoroughfare, the Greenway has a relatively low level of crime. This, of course, is not an accident. The city and volunteers from the community have worked hard to make the Greenway safe.
Soren described the current safety initiatives in effect on the Greenway. The path is patrolled occasionally by Minneapolis police, and every night by a volunteer trail watch group (click here to get involved). There are emergency phones every few blocks along the trail, so a trail-user can call 911 at any time, even if their cell phone is lost, stolen, or out of battery. Also, surveillance cameras monitor several locations of the path. Thanks to these projects, the Greenway is a safe place for non-motorized transportation.
Read more of my post (which includes four safety tips) on the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition’s blog.