Safe passing ordinance
on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, Ann Arbor’s Safe Passing ordinance goes into effect
requiring drivers, when passing a bicyclist, pedestrian or wheelchair user on
the roadway, to maintain a distance of at least 5 feet.
Drivers are reminded bicyclists may legally ride on Michigan roads,
except limited access freeways and should be patient and drive cautiously and
wait until enough space is available to pass bicyclists or other users in the
roadway. The Michigan Secretary of State advises drivers to “pass a bicyclist
as you would another vehicle, but not so fast or close that your tires throw
dirt or stones into the rider’s face or that a draft from your vehicle blows
the bicycle about.”
The ordinance amends Title X, Section 10:18 (PDF) of Ann Arbor traffic code.
We Share The Responsibility To Keep Ann Arbor - And One Another - Safe!
One of the reasons residents and visitors love Ann Arbor is the plentiful number of transportation options. You can take a stroll around the historic downtown, bike down miles of tree-lined roads and drive between all the wonderful destinations Ann Arbor has to offer.
Because Ann Arbor is committed to assuring the safety of walkers, bikers and drivers, we want to remind everyone of their responsibility to one another. No law or regulation can replace common sense, patience, and attentiveness. Whether you walk, bike or drive, you share a responsibility to keep yourself and others safe.
Projects and plans
Ann Arbor: Transportation Quick Facts
The City of Ann Arbor added over 4 lane miles of bicycle lanes to city streets in 2012. This increased the total to 71.8 lane miles of bike lanes.
There are over 900 bike parking spaces in downtown Ann Arbor, including 431 bike hoops, 6 on-street bike racks accommodating 16 bikes each, and 26 secured bike lockers. Bicycle parking is required in new developments (PDF).
The League of American Bicyclists awarded the City of Ann Arbor a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly City Award in 2013. Ann Arbor, which first earned a Bronze level award in 2005, then Silver in 2009, has long been a leader in creating and fostering bicycle friendly streets. Ann Arbor was proud to be recognized as a Gold-Status community for leadership in livability by the State of Michigan's Promoting Active Communities (PAC) program in 2012.
The City of Ann Arbor has over 400 miles of sidewalks and 57 lane miles of shared-use paths, and was named a Gold-level Walk Friendly Community by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. Prevention Magazine named Ann Arbor the 3rd Best City for Walking in the United States in 2008.
- Auto travel within the City of Ann Arbor has been on the rise. According to the WATS travel demand model, Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) for the City of Ann Arbor will increase by 0.65% from 2010 to 2015, from an estimated 2,393,600 to 2,409,200 miles.