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​​​Transportation Options Goal 

Establish a physical and cultural environment that supports and encourages safe, comfortable, and efficient ways for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users to travel throughout the city and region​​

How are we doing?

Ann Arbor is one of the top five cities for walking in the country, and has the 13th highest percentage of bicycle commuters in the nation (and 3rd in the Midwest). ​​Ann Arbor has over 81 lane miles of bike lanes and shared-use arrow segments, over 100 miles of sidewalk, over 1,000 bike parking spaces in downtown, and 57 miles of shared-use paths.  
What are the indicators?

​Overall Ease of Travel

From 2013 the miles of bike lane have more than doubled while the miles of side walk have increased slightly. Miles of bike lanes and sidewalk promote alternative forms of transportation to be used throughout the community. ​

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Percent Non-Motorized Commutes

Nationally, only 8% of commutes are non-motorized, compared with over 25% of Ann Arbor’s commuters who walk, bike, or work from home, according to the 2014 American Community Survey. 

While walking commutes have declined slightly, bicycle commutes have increased an incredible 31.4% over the past six years!  ​

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S​ource: American Community Survey (ACS)


What way cool projects are underway?

Non-Motorized Tr​ansportation Plan Update

In November, 2013, the City Council adopted the 2013 N​​on-Motorized Transportation Plan Update​ (PDF) that aims to help Ann Arbor become a national leader in high quality non-motorized transportation and contribute to keeping Ann Arbor one of the best places to live and work in the country.

Ann Arbor Climate Partnership Celebration Season

Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan identifies ten actions to lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower vehicle miles traveled by providing transportation options. The Ann Arbor Climate Partnership announced its first celebration season (coming in 2016) will focus on encouraging sustainable transportation​ in the community.​

AA Connector Study

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, the City of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the University of Michigan are collaborating on a connector study to develop a plan for high-capacity transit (e.g., bus, bus rapid transit, light rail, or automated guideway) in an arc from northeast to south Ann Arbor.

getDowntown go!pass Program

Employers located within the DDA may purchase a go!pass for employees that provides unlimited use of all​ TheRide fixed route buses, discounts on other commuter services, and discounts to downtown stores.


​​​ArborB​ike launched in the summer of 2014 with 14 stations and 125 bikes. The bike share program is owned and operated by Clean Energy Coalition (CEC), and developed through the support and partnering of the University of Michigan, the City of Ann Arbor and TheRide with CEC.​


Where are we now?
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​Poor​Not Assessed
Where are we going?​ ​
​Getting Better​Stable
​Getting Worse​Unknown