Imagine a downtown focused on the people who use it. Customers, residents, visitors and employees are prioritized no matter how they get downtown to shop, eat, live and work.

This is the vision of People-Friendly Streets.

Here’s How We’re Going To Get There

What is People-Friendly Streets?

People-Friendly Streets meet the following criteria
(adapted from the Ann Arbor Downtown Street Design Manual)

IMPROVE SAFETY & COMFORT
A safe and comfortable street for everyone for all modes of trave.

PROMOTE GREEN DESIGN
Improves the city’s sustainability by encouraging active transportation, using resources efficiently, and using practices that protect air and water quality.

STRENGTHEN BUSINESSES
Streets designed to increase access to local businesses while supporting commercial operations.

ENHANCE ENJOYMENT & INTEREST
Streets that are fun and interesting and celebrate the character of downtown. They invite you to linger, to talk to your neighbors and to shop.

INCREASE CONNECTIONS
Connects people to where they want to go and makes it easy to get there by foot, bike, car and bus. Designed to encourage people to connect to each other and the community around them.

DESIGN RESPONSIBLY
Keeps people in mind throughout the process. Design streets that make the best use of public dollars for the benefit of all.

The First & Ashley, William Street Bikeway, and Huron Street Improvement Projects are the projects the DDA is undertaking to make People-Friendly Streets a reality.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Following the second round of public engagement meetings, June 4 – 7, the DDA will be seeking support from City Council on August 9 and the Transportation Commission on July 18.

The DDA held a second round of public meetings June 4 – 7, 2018. Attended by over 100 members of the community, these meetings allowed the public the opportunity to learn more about the projects, see some of the starter ideas, and provide feedback. You can view the presentation here.

The DDA held a series of public meetings March 19 – 22, 2018. Attended by 131 members of the community, these meetings provided information and allowed for dialog between community members and the design team, feedback from the public will shape these projects. The opening presentation is a great introduction to the values and concepts driving these projects. A summary of these meetings can be found here.

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