Community Engagement and Participation

We believe community engagement is the foundation for any successful project - and that it should always be useful, timely and fun.

Learn more about our approach here >, and check out the list below for some of our recent community engagement projects.

Development of the Bottineau LRT line is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a city-shaping, multi-modal spine for the communities along its length. Ensuring that the corridor’s diversity of residents, partners, and communities — including under-represented, transit-dependent, and health-disparity communities — have full opportunity to participate in and shape essential walking and biking access to stations will result in a line that grows ridership, meets the needs of potential users, and provides ladders of opportunity for all area residents.

Hennepin County's Bottineau Boulevard (CSAH 81) roadway reconstruction project in Brooklyn Park will transform 1.5 miles of an existing 4-lane rural roadway into a 6-lane urban roadway with new walking and biking facilities (which were recommended in CDG’s 2015 Brooklyn Park Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan).

The City of Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan included a total rethinking of priorities for the built, natural, and economic environment of the City. Equity, livability and sustainability are core values of the 2040 Plan.

With productivity that exceeds many large city systems, CyRide (the transit provider for Ames, Iowa), provides essential transportation services for city residents as well as students, faculty, and staff at Iowa State University (ISU).

In 2016, CyRide started on a year-long study to improve system efficiency, ridership and client satisfaction.

CDG designed and facilitated community engagement activities for the City of Minneapolis project to redesign Hennepin Avenue from Lake Street West to 36th Street West. The purpose of the engagement events was to inform the public about the project scope and schedule, seek ideas on the future of the corridor, and let the public know how to stay engaged with the project.

Highway 59 is a primary route through the commercial district of Worthington, Minnesota. The corridor is slated for reconstruction, and MnDOT and the city are working to to develop a long-term vision for its future.

The Kenilworth Corridor Landscape Design project incorporates the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) project alongside the existing regional walking and biking trail (which serves nearly 600,000 people annually). The corridor features separate trails for people who walk and bike, and provides connections to several major trails in the wider metro area.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is developing a plan for a statewide network of bicycle routes to connect local and regional destinations across Minnesota.

Community engagement (conducted statewide) is a vitally-important part of this project as members of the public have insights and experiences that can help MnDOT develop better facilities and routes and ultimately develop a more useful and user-friendly bicycle network throughout the state.

The Metropolitan Council is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region, which encompasses seven counties and is home to 2.9 million residents.

In 2013, the Council conducted a Regional Bicycle System Master Study to develop a set of regional bicycle corridors that would facilitate the use of bicycling for a greater portion of transportation trips.

The Southwest LRT / Green Line Extension will be the Twin Cities metropolitan region's third light rail line, providing service from Downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie, with a total of 17 stations along 15 miles of track. As a major transportation investment, Southwest LRT will shape regional access and development for decades to come.