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Policy Change. August 2009: The Planning Commission added the Walkability Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. September 2009: Council adopted a Complete Streets Policy.

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Policy change
Policy Change

  • August 2009: The Planning Commission added the Walkability Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan.

  • September 2009: Council adopted a Complete Streets Policy.

  • October 2010: Council amended the sidewalk assessment ordinance to reflect a 50/50 split between the property owner and the City of Albert Lea.

  • November 2010: Council authorizes first ever bike lane

  • December 2012: City Hall grounds declared tobacco free as of January 1, 2013


Making it Happen

The Front Street bike lanes are about 1.5 miles long and connects to Blazing Star Bike Trail


  • Mission: To establish and encourage an ongoing community focus and commitment to individual wellness and personal well being.

  • Vision: To create permanent systematic environmental and policy changes that lead to a healthier environment: creating opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating by positively encompassing an individual’s community, habitat and purpose.


Other Community Policy Changes

  • Albert Lea Elementary Schools – Healthy Snack Carts

  • Albert Lea Area Schools – Healthy Options in Cafeteria

  • Albert Lea Area Schools providing physical education classes four times per week in elementary schools

  • Eleven Worksites Establishing Tobacco Free Campuses

  • Mayo Clinic Health System establishes odor free policy


Achieving Wellness TogetherBeyond the Blue Zones


For More Information Contact:

Chad Adams, City Manager, City of Albert Lea

[email protected]

Randy Kehr, Executive Director, Albert Lea – Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce

[email protected]


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