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SRTS Demonstration Project Technical Assistance Opportunity

Now Open: Solicitation for spring 2021 and beyond

What is a demonstration project?

Demonstration projects are short term, low-cost, temporary roadway projects used to pilot long-term design solutions to improve walking/bicycling and public spaces. Projects might include, but are not limited to, bicycle lanes, crosswalk markings, curb extensions, and median safety islands. Demonstration projects allow public agencies, community partners, as well as people walking, biking, taking transit, and driving to evaluate potential infrastructure improvements before investing in permanent changes. Benefits of taking a demonstration project approach include:

  • Test aspects of a project’s design before making further investments
  • Inspire action and build support for future permanent implementation
  • Develop further public awareness of the concern and potential action
  • Increase public engagement by inviting stakeholders to try improvements for active transportation
  • Deepen understanding of active transportation needs in the community
  • Encourage people to work together in new ways and strengthen relationships between government agencies, non-profit organizations, local businesses, and residents
  • Gather data from real-world use of streets and public spaces

Learn more about demonstration projects.

image of two students crossing the road by an installed demonstration project

Demonstration Project Technical Assistance (TA) overview

Safe Routes to School Demonstration Project Technical Assistance will support communities with existing Safe Routes to School  plans, or other comprehensive SRTS approaches, in undertaking the process to plan, design and implement a SRTS demonstration project in their community. Selected communities will participate in a professional facilitated workshop to explore safety issues and collaboratively develop solutions at a location identified in their SRTS plan or other planning document. Communities will partner with the local road authority to develop an MN MUTCD-compliant demonstration project concept. This technical assistance includes all the drawings, specifications, and permits required to implement the demonstration project. Installation materials will be provided to implement a demonstration project at the identified location in spring or fall 2021. Community members are encouraged to participate in project installation and evaluation.

More detail on MnDOT’s SRTS Demonstration Project process is in the guide (PDF).

Application

The application for the first round of SRTS demonstration project technical assistance should be completed by Oct. 2, 2020. Projects would be implemented during the spring or fall of 2021.

Informational webinars

On Sept. 15 at 1 p.m., a Zoom webinar will be provided to review the Safe Routes to School demonstration project technical assistance application requirements and answer questions. Please join us at the link below:

SRTS Demo Project Webinar - Application and Q & A

Sept. 15, 1 p.m., 2020

  • Join via Zoom
    Meeting ID: 983 5005 6409
    Passcode: 174511
    One tap mobile: +12532158782,,98350056409#

Timeline

The SRTS Demonstration Project technical assistance application needs to be submitted by 5 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2020. Selected communities are intended to begin work in February 2021, completing work by June 2021 or starting in August and completing work in November.

Frequently asked questions

A FAQ document (Word) will be updated with any new questions submitted to MnDOT by Friday of each week during the solicitation process on the MnSRTS Grants website. Questions and answers from previous solicitations are currently available.

ct. 7, 2019 to Jan. 10, 2020