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​The City is considering bringing back the Healthy Streets program in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic providing additional space for social distancing for those who walk or bike  In addition to being responsive to the circumstances surrounding the pandemic, these measures also align with the A2Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan and the Moving Towards Vision Zero draft Transportation Plan – both of which call for more opportunities for people to walk and bike.

2021 Healthy Streets survey​

Healthy Streets survey map image.pngThe City of Ann Arbor has just completed a survey to gather input regarding the possibility of bringing back the Healthy Streets program for 2021 to help people keep social distance ​due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as providing increased ​opportunities to walk or bike.​ The pub​lic's input, both for and against​, will be taken into account with other factors such as safety,​ connectivity, equity, feasibility, cost and street jurisdiction or ownership in the decision-making process. 

Neighborhood healthy street installations

These streets were identified in 2020 as locations for  soft closures. The city installed a barricade with signage indicating no through traffic and a bike/pedestrian warning sign for Healthy Streets. Posters ​were set up at the ends of each section of roadway as notice of the proposed changes. Changes made as part of the Healthy Streets project were removed for winter operations.​​

  • Jewett from Page to Packard
  • Starwick (Pontiac to Barton)
  • Longshore (Barton to Argo Livery)
  • Bydding (Brooks to Summit/Miner)
  • Iroquois (Packard to Stadium)
  • Crest (Liberty to Washington)
  • Morton (Ferdon to Harding)
  • Baldwin (Stadium to Packard)​
  • Yost (Washtenaw to Terhune)
  • Brandywine (Packard to Yost)
  • Granger (Ferdon to Packard)
  • Harpst (Packard to Tremmel)
  • Snyder (Seventh to Main Street)​
  • Arborview (Miller to Westwood)
  • Sunset (Newport to Wildt)
  • Chapin (Huron to Miller)
  • Hikone (Packard to the southerly end)
  • Springbrook (Packard to Marshall)
  • Redwood (Platt to Springbrook)
  • Lillian (Eli to Terhune)
  • North Fourth (Beakes to Depot)
  • Brooklyn (Packard to Golden)
  • Shadowood (Ellsworth to Hemlock)
  • Broadway (Plymouth to Plymoth)
  • Washington Bike Blvd (Revena to First)
  • Elmwood Bike Blvd (Packard to Edgewood)​
Preliminary consideration for Neighborhood Healthy Streets installations for 2021 include the deployments listed above and may be expanded based on input we receive through the survey and other considerations.​

Reconfigurations​

In 2020, the City of Ann Arbor, worked  alongside the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and reconfigured several city streets to implement City Council's commitment to vision zero, carbon neutrality, equity and access. These changes were part of the city's  2020 Healthy Streets pilot program and the DDA's People Friendly Streets project. The  DDA and city staff monitored  the effectiveness of the road alterations and provided the Council a report presenting our experience (posted under Resources below). The streets included in the 2020 deployment were:

  • Miller Avenue/Catherine Street from First Street to Division Street — Removal of turning lanes and parking; addition of two-way separated bikeway on the north side of the street.
  • Division Street — Two-way separated bikeway from Packard to Broadway Street and across the bridge.
  • South Main Street from William to Packard — Removal of turn lanes to continue; addition of separated one-way bike lanes.
  • South Main Street from Packard to Stadium — Converting outside lanes from Packard south creating space for physical distancing and use by pedestrians and cyclists. 
  • State Street/North University Avenue — Connection of William Street bikeway to North University bike lanes with separated two-way cycle facility added.
  • State Street/North University to Liberty — Eliminate turn lane and create space for physical distancing.
  • Packard Street from State Street to Hill Street — Removal of turn lanes and addition of a separated bike lane in each direction.
  • Packard Street from Eisenhower to Platt — Closing the outside vehicle lanes to facilitate physical distancing and use by pedestrians and cyclists. 
  • Broadway Street — Two-way separated bikeway on the east side of bridge; potential future additional pedestrian space on the west of bridge.
  • Pontiac Street/Swift — Convert traffic lane to create separated bike lane completing bicycle connection from Pontiac to Broadway and pilot separated bikeway.
  • Swift Street to close at Wright through Pontiac; safety improvement for the pilot period.

Background and resources​​


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​Healthy Streets
301 E. Huron St., 4th Floor
P.O. Box 8647
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
734.794.6430 x43710