The City of Ann Arbor is committed to assuring the safety and reliability of all modes of transportation, and the City Transportation Planning Program, which is housed in the Systems Planning Unit, is responsible for carrying that mission forward.
The Transportation Planning Program is mainly responsible for managing major transportation planning projects, like the 2013 Non-Motorized Transportation Plan Draft Update, the 2010 Ann Arbor Connector Feasibility Study, 2009 Update of the City Transportation Plan, 2007 Non-motorized Transportation Plan, and the Model for Mobility. The Transportation Planning Program is also responsible for managing the City’s Alternative Transportation Fund, coordinating and communicating with community members and stakeholders on a variety of transportation-related issues, and staffing the City’s Alternative Transportation Committee.
City of Ann Arbor: Transportation Quick Facts
In Ann Arbor, 15.6% of residents walk to work, 3.5% commute by bike, and 8.9% commute by public transit according to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey 2006-2010 five year report. This is up from the 16.5% of residents who walked, 2.4% who biked to work, and 6.9% of residents who commuted by public transit in 2000.
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.
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. In 2010 the City was named the 14th most bike-friendly city in America by Bicycling Magazine.
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.
Ridership for the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority bus system increased from 5,950,981 in 2008 to 6,523,171 in 2013 for fixed-routes
More statistical information on the City of Ann Arbor’s transportation infrastructure, usage and overall systems can be found in the Efficient Mobility section of the City of Ann Arbor’s 2007 State of the Environment Report.
Updated December 2, 2013
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