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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 to provide enough space for social distancing.
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, City Council authorized the installation pilot projects to expand​ city streets for pedestrians and cyclists to practice safe physical distancing. The pilot projects are based on best practices, work in other cities, and transportation data.​

These pilot projects will be installed using temporary treatments. Through data collection and public feedback, staff will adapt the projects as needed. 

Please use the mapping tool to share your input a​nd ​feedback​ on how these pilot projects are operating and working for the community!​​

Neighborhood slow street installations

These streets were identified as locations for a soft closure. The city installed a barricade with signage indicating no through tra​ffic and a bike/pedestrian warning sign for Healthy Streets. Post​ers ​were set up at the ends of each section of roadway as notice of the proposed changes.​ Changes made as part of the Healty Streets project are not permenant and will be 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)​

Reconfigurations​

The City of Ann Arbor, working alongside the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA), reconfigured several city streets 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, 2020, ​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 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.​

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Questions, comments or concerns:

Cooper, Eli, A.I.C.P.
Transportation Program Manager
301 E. Huron St., 4th Floor
P.O. Box 8647
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
ecooper@a2gov.org
734.794.6430 x43710​​