Category Archives: Transportation

Downtown Mobility Survey

How do you get in and around downtown?

All community members are invited to give feedback about how they travel to and around downtown by March 31. The City of Northfield is conducting a survey to learn more about how and why Northfield residents, businesses and property owners travel to and from downtown and when and where they go and park. The goal is to identify issues or concerns people have traveling to, from and around downtown Northfield and/or parking while spending time downtown.

The feedback will be shared and incorporated into the multiple private and public development projects likely happening in the next few years around the Riverfront and Downtown corridor.

“As we work across the community to evolve our beloved downtown, we have the opportunity to greatly improve mobility and design more effective ways to get to and get around downtown—from walking, biking, driving, and parking,” said Mayor Rhonda Pownell. “I’m eager to see how we can reimagine what’s possible based on what we learn from this survey and the overall mobility study.”

Complete the survey at

For questions, please contact Jake Reilly.

¿Cómo viaja hacia, desde y alrededor del centro?

Todos los miembros de la comunidad están invitados a dar su opinión sobre cómo viajan hacia y alrededor del centro de la ciudad antes del 31 de marzo. La ciudad de Northfield está llevando a cabo una encuesta para saber más sobre cómo y por qué los habitantes de Northfield, las empresas y los propietarios viajan hacia y desde el centro de la ciudad y cuándo y dónde van y aparcan. El objetivo es identificar los problemas o preocupaciones que tienen las personas que viajan hacia, desde y alrededor del centro de Northfield y/o el estacionamiento mientras pasan tiempo en el centro.

Los resultados se compartirán y se incorporarán a los múltiples proyectos de desarrollo públicos y privados que probablemente se lleven a cabo en los próximos años en torno al corredor ribereño y el centro de la ciudad.

“Mientras trabajamos con toda la comunidad para hacer evolucionar nuestro querido centro de la ciudad, tenemos la oportunidad de mejorar enormemente la movilidad y diseñar formas más eficaces de llegar al centro y desplazarse por él, ya sea a pie, en bicicleta, en coche o estacionamiento”, declaró la alcaldesa Rhonda Pownell. “Estoy ansiosa por ver cómo podemos reimaginar lo que es posible basándonos en lo que aprendamos de esta encuesta y del estudio general de movilidad”.

Rellene la encuesta en

Para preguntas, contacto Jake Reilly.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Now Available

Recently installed in Downtown Northfield MN . . . an EV charging station! There are two ports on the charging station and two dedicated parking stalls for use while charging your vehicle. The station is on the northwest corner of the 5th St. and South Water St. intersection. Pricing information can be found at Be sure to move your vehicle when it’s fully charged as there is an hourly rate to park in these stalls when not actively charging a vehicle. This installation is a joint project of the City of Northfield and the Northfield Rotary Club.

This is the third electric vehicle charging station to be installed in Northfield. The other two are at Carleton College and St. Olaf College.

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Downtown Parking Management Discussion Continues

The NDDC continues to move forward with the City of Northfield on the downtown parking management study. We’ve held stakeholder meetings with three of the groups and we anticipate meetings with three more stakeholder groups in upcoming weeks.

The groups that have met so far are building owners, bicycle commuters, and pedestrian commuters. The ideas that they shared with us can be found on the Parking Management for Downtown Northfield,MN website. You can also offer ideas, ask questions, and share comments on the website. Continue reading Downtown Parking Management Discussion Continues

Downtown Bike Rack Map Updated

As part of a community-wide effort to encourage bicycle transportation a few years ago, the NDDC produced the first Downtown Bike Rack Locations Map.  It showed the locations of all the bike racks, both privately and publicly provided, in downtown Northfield.

Although you could probably locate one of the HPC-approved “hitching post”-style bike racks with a quick glance down the sidewalks, we thought the map might serve another purpose.  Our hope was that the map would send a signal that downtown Northfield was “bicycle-friendly”. Continue reading Downtown Bike Rack Map Updated