People-Friendly Streets is a vision for creating streets in downtown Ann Arbor that are designed with people in mind. Streets that are safe and comfortable for all users.
People-Friendly Streets will:
- Improve Safety and Comfort – Streets are designed with safety as a priority, regardless of the mode of travel. Streets are welcoming and accessible for all ages and abilities.
- Strengthen Businesses – Downtown is a vital destination. Streets are designed to support commercial activities and increase access to local retail, dining, jobs and services.
- Promote Green Design – Improve the city’s sustainability by encouraging active transportation, using resources efficiently, and employing practices that protect air and water quality.
- Increase Access & Connectivity – Streets connect people to places, whether by car, bike, bus or foot. Downtown streets are designed to be easy to navigate for all users – whether a community resident or an out-of-town visitor.
- Design Responsibly – Keeps people in mind and engaged throughout the design process. Streets are designed to make the best use of public dollars for the benefit of all.
- Celebrate Civic Life & Activity – Streets celebrate the character and identity of the downtown and its unique events and opportunities. Streets respect the diversity of its users, businesses, residents and other stakeholders.
People-Friendly Streets Projects include:
- South University Street Design – Project completed in 2017
- Fifth & Detroit Street Design – Construction: 2018 Spring to Fall
- Huron Street Design – Design: 2018 / Construction: 2019 Spring to Fall
- First & Ashley Street Project – Design & Feasibility Phase: 2018 / Engineering: 2019 / Construction: 2020
- William Street Bikeway – Design & Feasibility Phase: 2018 / Engineering: 2019 / Construction :2020
The DDA hosted four days of public engagement workshops, March 19 – 22, to get input on the First & Ashley, William Street, and Huron Street projects. A link to the opening presentation can be found here.