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.

What is People-Friendly Streets?

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

A safe and comfortable street for everyone for all modes of travel.

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.


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.


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)

Capital Improvements Committee packet May 20, 2020

Huron Street Design Concept

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

First, Ashley & William Streets Transportation Feasiblity Analysis

Huron Street Traffic Analysis Summary

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.

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