The City of Duluth has been chosen to participate in this October's 8-80 Cities and Knight Foundation one-week intensive study tour of Copenhagen to learn how innovative approaches to city building can enrich a safe, healthy, inclusive, and livable community for its residents.
Copenhagen is world renowned for its transformation and implementation of the ultimate mobility trifecta - walking, biking, and transit. The city radically transformed its transportation system by focusing on the modest bicycle. It worked to complement that system with an efficient and accessible network of pedestrian-friendly streets, public spaces, and effective public transportation.
The Duluth team will visit, learn, exchange ideas, and return with physical infrastructure ideas for Duluth's transportation systems. Then looking at ways to achieve a higher level of mobility and livability for all residents.
Duluth was chosen due to its team's ambition and what they sought to accomplish in their community and the community's capacity and commitment to execute plans and to build on current projects and past success. Duluth's noted innovative ideas and transit developments include the St. Louis River Corridor, Cross City Trail, Superior Street Reconstruction, Development of Transportation Policies, Accessible Outdoors Spaces, and the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
The goal of the visit is to brainstorm policy formation and transportation infrastructure that leads to actionable constructible developments for a more mobile livable community.