Ann Arbor earns gold again!
Ann Arbor has been recognized as a Gold-level community and “Walk Friendly" designation by the Walk Friendly Communities program (WFC). The WFC recognizes 23 cities and towns across the United States for prioritizing pedestrians and creating safe and inviting places to walk. The WFC designation is awarded based on a detailed review of a community's sustained efforts to elevate the needs of pedestrians across all areas of transportation programs.
The Street and Sidewalk millage currently pays for the
2019 Sidewalk and Ramp Repair Program
which brings sidewalk ramps into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as repairs existing sidewalks.
Cross at the crosswalk. Ann Arbor's crosswalk ordinance requires that motorists stop for pedestrians at or in crosswalks, but only at crosswalks.
Look both ways before entering the street.
Use the signals. Traffic signals are there to help pedestrians communicate with drivers. In Ann Arbor's downtown, all traffic signals include a pedestrian crossing interval in each signal cycle. Outside the downtown area, some signals have a pedestrian call button which, when pressed, adds a pedestrian crossing interval. Ann Arbor also has the first "Hawk Beacon" on a state trunk line in Michigan. This signal helps pedestrians to
cross W. Huron at Chapin/3rd Street.
Take refuge. Some crosswalks have a pedestrian refuge island in the street. Cross easily and safely, one side of traffic at a time.
Be visible. In the dark, wear light-colored clothing and reflective gear to ensure your visibility.
Report sidewalks that aren't treated or plowed. Sidewalks should be treated for ice or plowed of snow in a timely fashion. You can report untreated sidewalks by using
A2 Fix It or calling
Community Standards at 734.794.6942.
Accessible Pedestrian Signals. The city is working to upgrade pedestrian signals to make them more accessible to persons with visual disabilities. This means that pedestrian push-buttons have an audio feature that alert persons to the location of the push-button and when it is safe to cross. A map (PDF) of the current locations of accessible pedestrian signals is available. If you have a request to upgrade a pedestrian signal to an accessible pedestrian signal, please send an email to [email protected] or call 734.794.6410
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