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​​​PBIC gold level award image 2016.jpg​​​​Ann Arbor earned a 2016 Gold award as a walking friendly community​​, voted the third Best Walking City in 2008, and was named a Gold-level walk friendly community in 2010. Nearly​ 15% of Ann Arbor residents walk to work, which is more than 6 times the national average (U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 2006-2010).  Ann Arbor has 475 ​m​​iles of sidewalks, 57 lane ​miles of shared-use ​paths and over 157 parks to enjoy on-foot.​


The Street and Sidewalk millage currently pays for the 2019 Sidewalk and Ramp R​epair P​rogram​ which brings sidewalk ramps into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as repairs existing sidewalks.

Walking safely 

  • Cross at the crosswalk. Ann Arbor's cros​swalk 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 ​​