Rochester, MN

Level: bronze
Population: 106,769
Population Density: 2,454/sq. mi.
Contact: Muhammad F. Khan
507.328.7100
planningweb@co.olmsted.mn.us

Community Highlights

Rochester is designated as a Bronze-level community due to its outstanding engineering practices, extensive trail system, and commitment to improving the pedestrian environment. Highlights of Rochester’s application include:

  • Under the economic development initiative “Destination Medical Center”, Rochester is actively modernizing high volume pedestrian corridors with safety improvements and pedestrian amenities. Several projects have been completed and studies are currently underway for further enhancements, including one ‘woonerf’ style project on five downtown blocks called “Heart of the City”.
  • The 99+ mile trail network in Rochester is anchored by the Rochester River Trails system. The River Trails network connects many of the major regional and community parks while at the same time providing safe off-road access to the Rochester Central Business District. Town Council recently expanded their Winter Trails maintenance program to increase the number of residents served by trails which are plowed through the winter.
  • The City’s complete streets policy and several recent projects show that Rochester is prioritizing pedestrian considerations in every project.
  • Rochester has a curb ramp and sidewalk inventory system. Currently 100 percent of intersections have ADA accessible ramps on all four corners and the sidewalk maintenance program that reviews subareas of the City on a five-year cycle to identify sections for improvement. The City also does an excellent job of including pedestrian provisions on over 80 bridges throughout Rochester.