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A2 Be Safe is an initiative to promote safety to all who live in, work in, go to school in and visit Ann Arbor. If you would like to partner with the city on this effort, please let us know

Wanted: YOUR A2 Be Safe Safety Theme Ideas! 

Submit your ideas to now through Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.

Quick Links

Ann Arbor Crosswalk Ordinance (10:148)

A2 Be Safe Brochure (PDF)

Ann Ar​bor Station​

Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County Bike Map​ (PDF)

2016 Non-motorized progress report (PDF)

Safe Passing Ordinance

Ann Arbor’s Safe Passing ordinance went into effect Saturday, Jan. 7,  2017, requiring drivers, when passing a bicyclist, pedestrian or wheelchair user on the roadway, to maintain a distance of at least 5 feet. Drivers are reminded bicyclists may legally ride on Michigan roads, except limited access freeways and should be patient and drive cautiously and wait until enough space is available to pass bicyclists or other users in the roadway.  The Michigan Secretary of State advises drivers to “pass a bicyclist as you would another vehicle, but not so fast or close that your tires throw dirt or stones into the rider’s face or that a draft from your vehicle blows the bicycle about.”  

The ordinance amends Title X, Section 10:18 (PDF) of Ann Arbor traffic code. 

Projects and Plans​

Ann Arbor: Transportation Quick Facts

  • The City of Ann Arbor added over 4 lane miles of bicycle lanes to city streets in 2012.  This increased the total to 71.8 lane miles of bike lanes. 

  • There are over 900 bike parking spaces in downtown Ann Arbor, including 431 bike hoops, 6 on-street bike racks accommodating 16 bikes each, and 26 secured bike lockers. Bicycle p​arking is required in new developments (PDF). 

  • The League of American Bicyclists awarded the City of Ann Arbor a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly City Award in 2013. Ann Arbor, which first earned a Bronze level award in 2005, then Silver in 2009, has long been a leader in creating and fostering bicycle friendly streets. Ann Arbor was proud to be recognized as a Gold-Status community for leadership in livability by the State of Michigan's Promoting Active Communities (PAC) program in 2012.

  • The City of Ann Arbor has over 400 miles of sidewalks and 57 lane miles of shared-use paths, and was named a Gold-level Walk Friendly Community by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. Prevention Magazine named Ann Arbor the 3rd B​est City for Walking​ in the United States in 2008.

  • Auto travel within the City of Ann Arbor has been on the rise.  According to the WATS travel demand model, Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) for the City of Ann Arbor will increase by 0.65% from 2010 to 2015, from an estimated 2,393,600 to 2,409,200 miles.

Wanted: Your A2 Be Safe safety theme ideas and/or slogans (now through Dec. 14, 2017)! 

Your creativity can send a message (literally) to your fellow residents/ students/ visitors/ commuters reminding all to be extra diligent when it comes to safety.

Last spring, the City of Ann Arbor launched the A2 Be Safe awareness campaign. You may have noticed the A2 Be Safe campaign posters at City Hall, PSAs on CTN, social media posts, bus tails, etc. 

The campaign consists of a series of themes — crosswalk safety, stop for school buses, don’t text and drive, etc. — to promote safety among all who live, work, study and play in Ann Arbor. The accompanying campaign slogans, including “phone down. heads up” and “look. cross. live.,” are meant to raise awareness of safety issues common in our community. The campaign, overall, is intended to have some “edge,” to provoke thought and to be memorable.  

Perhaps you have been inspired to come up with some messages of your own? Well, now is your chance to share your ideas. The city is in search of your original safety themes and/or slogans that are uniquely Ann Arbor or that would appeal, particularly, to our community as a whole. If your ideas address a safety-related issue, the city wants to hear about it! 

Now through Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, email your safety theme ideas and/or slogans to the city, and yours could be selected as additions to the A2 Be Safe campaign in 2018!

In your email, please include: 

  • Your first and last name.
  • Your daytime phone number.
  • Your city of residence.
  • The intended audience, if there is one in particular, e.g., commuters, bicyclists, students, etc.
  • Your new safety theme, if you have one.
  • Your new safety slogan, if you have one.
  • A description of imagery that would accompany your theme and/or slogan, if you have anything particular in mind, no attachments, please. 

Please submit only text — no images, graphics or visual concepts. By submitting your idea(s), you are giving the City of Ann Arbor and those who collaborate with the city unrestricted permission to use your submission(s) in any form, format or way the city sees fit, either in its original entirety or any portion of the submission, and with or without attribution. However, the city will strive to recognize, in some form, those who submitted a slogan or theme that has been selected for use.

You could see your creativity come to fruition … and contribute to the effort of helping A2 Be Safe. For more information, and to see the current campaign themes and slogans, visit the A2 Be Safe community resources site.

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