Due to changes in transportation patterns, reductions of over 50% of vehicular traffic on city streets and physical distancing requirements as a result of COVID-19, public right-of-way spaces, such as streets and sidewalks, are being used more for biking, walking and other activities.
On May 4, 2020 Ann Arbor City Council passed R-20-158 Resolution to Promote Safe Social Distancing Outdoors in Ann Arbor
, including direction to consider lane or street re-configurations on streets through a public input process.
This effort is consistent with the nationwide trend of providing space for residents to get outside, exercise and get where they need to go during the pandemic.
Share your input!
Use this public input tool to submit requests for street or lane closure to support public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Neighborhood slow street installations (as of August 2020)
These streets have been identified for a soft closure. The city would install a barricade with signage indicating no through traffic and
a bike/pedestrian warning sign for Healthy Streets. Posters are set up at the ends of each section of roadway as notice of the proposed changes. If enough residents on a particular street tell the city they don’t want changes made, the soft closures will not move forward. If changes are made, there is no plan for
them to be permanent at this time.
New streets to be added (as of August 4, 2020):
- 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)
The City of Ann Arbor, working alongside the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA), will reconfigure several city streets beginning the week of Aug. 10, 2020, to implement City Council's commitment to vision zero, carbon neutrality, equity and access. These changes are part of the city's Healthy Streets pilot program and the DDA's People Friendly Streets project. These changes will be in place through Nov. 10, during which time DDA and city staff will monitor the effectiveness of the road alterations. The streets that will undergo this treatment are:
- 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.
As part of the 90-day monitoring program, city staff will measure the safety, effectiveness and usage of:
- Traffic volume (pre- and post).
- Traffic speeds (pre- and post).
- Bicycle counts (usage).
- Traffic operations/flow.
- Crash reports (AAPD).
- Direct field operation and adjustments.
What changes might be made as part of Healthy Streets?
Changes may include temporarily closing residential streets to non-local motor vehicle traffic to provide adequate space for people to move around their neighborhood while physically distancing. Barricades and signage would be implemented at each end of the closed street. Local access for residents and essential services would be maintained, as well as residential on-street parking.
How will public input be used?
Staff will carefully review all citizen input received through the mapping tool alongside other factors such as safety, connectivity, equity, feasibility, cost, and street jurisdiction or ownership.
Residential street closures and reconfigurations will be prepared as an action plan for implementation, as soon as possible.
Non-residential street closures and reconfigurations (e.g., arterial roadways) will be compiled as recommendations for City Council consideration.
Any changes to streets within the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) district will include input from Ann Arbor merchant associations.
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