Stepping up to a Regional Sidewalk Data Inventory

This presentation is part of the “From the Ground Up: How the Built Environment Influences Community Health” session.

This presentation will outline the process of collecting, analyzing and applying sidewalk data collected throughout small communities in the seven county Arrowhead Region of Northeast Minnesota.  ARDC has gathered sidewalk condition data from 26 cities totaling over 204 miles throughout the Region. The goal of the project is to organize and display sidewalk data in a user-friendly format to influence local decisions.  The presentation will give an overview of how sidewalk database was developed, educate attendees about best practices when developing a sidewalk inventory, and showcase how sidewalk data and new technology can be used to enhance planning processes.


  • Charlie Moore, Senior GIS Specialist, ARDC
  • Justin Otsea, Senior Planner, ARDC