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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Healthy Streets Pilot Projects (presentation of proposed pilots to promote physical distancing and improve access – June 15, 2020 & July 6, 2020 City Council)
Capital Improvements Committee presentation May 20, 2020 (includes information on COVID-19 response tactics and People-Friendly Streets Round 2)
On August 9, 2018 the Ann Arbor City Council unanimously approved the restoration of two-way traffic on First and Ashley Streets
On August 9, 2018 the Ann Arbor City Council approved a resolution to support Huron Street Transportation Improvements
A comprehensive summary of the public engagement process can be downloaded here.
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.
Did you know?
Protected bike lanes result in a 35% reduction in vehicle/bicycle crashes and a 59% reduction in vehicle/bicycle injury rates.
Colored (painted) bike lanes at intersections reduce vehicle/bicycle crashes at intersections by 39%.
Corner “bump outs” increase vehicle yield for pedestrian at crossing rates by 40%.
Leading Pedestrian Intervals at signalized intersections reduces vehicle/pedestrian crashes by 59%.
Two-way streets remove the “double threat” for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections. A “double threat” can occur on streets with two or more lanes of vehicles traveling in the same direction, if one vehicle stops for a pedestrian and another vehicle overtakes it on either side, the pedestrian may not be visible and be struck.