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Safe Passing Ordinance
Ann Arbor’s Safe Passing ordinance went into effect Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, 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.
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.