People-Friendly Streets Round 2
The Ann Arbor DDA held a series of virtual workshops consisting of several presentations, open discussions, and small group feedback sessions in March. The projects discussed included:
Division Street Bikeway (see project details below) – Fall 2021
State Street Project – Spring 2022
Miller/Catherine Street Improvement Project (see project details below) – Spring 2022
4th Avenue Street & Transit Improvement Project – TBD
Future Downtown Infrastructure Projects
Division Street Bikeway
What: Two-way protected bike lane
Where: East side of Division from Packard to Catherine
When: Fall 2021
Why: This project supports building out the protected bikeway network downtown and improves safety and access for all users. The Division Street Bikeway pilot (fall 2020) was the most well-used and supported of the Healthy Streets Pilot Projects.
How: A curbed buffer will be installed along the corridor providing separation between vehicular traffic and cyclists. Intersection and safety improvements will be made at Packard, Ann, and Catherine Street along with additional safety improvements at Community High School. Two lanes of vehicular traffic will be maintained.
Miller/Catherine St. Improvement Project
What: Two-way protected bike lane and underground utility work
Where: South side of Miller/Catherine from Division to First or Third (TBD)
When: Spring 2022 (with additional streetscape and alleyway restoration taking place in conjunction with the AAHC’s anticipated 2023 project)
Why: This project supports the Ann Arbor Housing Commissions affordable housing project on the 4th & Catherine surface parking lot and builds out the protected bikeway network downtown, improving safety and access for all users.
How: A curbed buffer will be installed along the corridor providing separation between vehicular traffic and cyclists and a water main will be upsized/extended.
Recap of March Public Engagement Meetings
March 9, 2021: Program Overview – Aligning Infrastructure With Values
Session one: Video of presentation
Session two: Video of presentation
There are exciting things planned for our downtown streets to make a safer, healthier, and more equitable space for all people! In this session, design team members will provide an overview presentation of the DDA’s People-Friendly Street program and will introduce the projects under discussion during the workshop.
March 10, 2021: Community Design Workshops (two sessions)
You have ideas, and we are ready to listen! This 2-hour session will provide a 30-minute overview presentation of the infrastructure projects that are advancing through the People-Friendly Street process.
Following the presentation, workshop participants will have the opportunity to attend virtual breakout rooms, where participants will be able to talk directly with the design team and provide their feedback on specific project ideas.
March 11, 2021: Community Wrap-up & Next Steps
Recap presentation (Power Point)
You spoke – we listened! Please join us in this presentation, where the design team will report out on key findings and feedback generated during the workshops. Recommendations will be shared for advancing projects forward.
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