Main Street lane reconfiguration part of Ann Arbor Healthy Streets program
ANN ARBOR, MI — The 2021 edition of Ann Arbor’s Healthy Streets program is now in full swing with a mix of temporary and permanent reconfigurations to some city streets. With the reconfiguration, the city has added a center turn lane and buffered bicycle lanes along Main Street. The city notes the Main Street changes are intended to be temporary and will be removed in the fall. Other Healthy Streets changes from last year on Division Street, Catherine Street/Miller Avenue and State Street are being explored by the Downtown Development Authority through the People Friendly Streets initiative, the city website states. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:As Ann Arbor eyes move away from gas, DTE Energy investing billions in itAnn Arbor-area bus services being restored to pre-pandemic levelsFeds deal blow to Ann Arbor train station plan, citing high costs, too much parkingAnn Arbor implements COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employeesAnn Arbor homeowners use solar backup batteries to weather power outagesmlive.com
Healthy Streets initiative fails to get support from Ann Arbor City Council
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor’s Healthy Streets initiative will not return in 2021 after failing to get the necessary votes from City Council . Council members Jeff Hayner, D-1st Ward; Kathy Griswold, D-2nd Ward; Ali Ramlawi, D-5th Ward, and Elizabeth Nelson, D-4th Ward, voted against the resolution. The Healthy Streets program closed sections of several arterial and residential streets in 2020 to encourage safe walking and cycling, while helping residents continue to physically distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members had raised concerns that without the Healthy Streets program, unvaccinated kids would have less space to safely play outside, Council member Erica Briggs, D-5th Ward said. Supporters of the initiative argue that the Healthy Streets program also advances the city’s carbon neutrality plan and its proposed transportation plan.mlive.com
Public input sought for Ann Arbor’s ‘Healthy Streets’ initiative
ANN ARBOR, MI — The city of Ann Arbor is looking for feedback from residents to help shape its initiative to prioritize pedestrian and cyclist activity. The city is gathering input regarding the possibility of bringing back the Healthy Streets program for 2021. The Healthy Streets program closed sections of select streets in 2020 to encourage safe walking and cycling while helping residents continue to physically distance. In January, Ann Arbor City Council approved the “Healthy Streets 2021 Design” which aims to include more neighborhood streets in the project and identify areas where the reconfigurations could be permanent, according to the resolution. READ MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor to redeploy ‘Healthy Streets’ initiative in springAnn Arbor moves forward with new sidewalk projects across cityAnn Arbor’s unique 2020 election ‘I voted’ stickers earn national recognitionMichigan State wins rematch with No.mlive.com
City of Ann Arbor seeks public input on 2021 Healthy Streets program
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Community members can now share their thoughts on the city of Ann Arbor’s Healthy Street program. The city is collecting community input through a public survey on which streets should and should not be included in the 2021 program. Implemented in April 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the program closed sections of select streets around Tree Town to help residents remain safe and physically distanced while walking and cycling. For the survey, community members can tell the city which streets to include (or not) by dropping pins on an interactive map. Public input and factors such as cost, safety, jurisdiction and feasibility will be considered by the city decision-makers, according to the Healthy Street website.
Ann Arbor to redeploy ‘Healthy Streets’ initiative in spring
ANN ARBOR, MI -- An initiative to prioritize pedestrian and cyclist safety is expected to relaunch this spring in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor aims to include more neighborhood streets in the project and identify areas where the reconfigurations could be permanent, according to the resolution. Mayor Christopher Taylor sees potential in bringing back the Healthy Streets initiative. “I am hopeful, as this moves forward, we’ll take steps to realize the promise of the Healthy Streets program. Ann Arbor moves forward with new sidewalk projects across cityAnn Arbor YMCA to kick off 6-week ‘reset’ health challengeLocal Eats: Try a taste of authentic Turkish cuisine at Ann Arbor’s Ayse’s Cafemlive.com
‘Healthy Streets’ initiative ending outside downtown Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, MI -- An initiative to reconfigure roads to promote distancing during the coronavirus pandemic is ending in some areas outside of downtown Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor City Council approved the Healthy Streets initiative in July, allowing leaders to repurpose parking or travel lanes to accommodate spaces for pedestrians and cyclists or establishing barricades to allow only local traffic to access neighborhoods. Divided Ann Arbor council approves plan to reconfigure streets during pandemic‘Healthy streets’ plan to slow traffic in Ann Arbor residential areasCouncil members cited safety concerns from drivers entering the repurposed areas in their reasons for ending the initiative. “I’ve noticed a number of cars, where they paused at the barricade, they’ve thought about it, then they appear to be driving in the Healthy Street lane,” Council Member Kathy Griswold, D-2nd Ward, said. Updates on the Healthy Streets program are available on the city’s website.mlive.com
Downtown Ann Arbor street closures to begin Friday
ANN ARBOR Starting at 2 p.m. on Friday, several streets in the downtown area will be closing to cars to allow for expanded shopping and patio services for bars, restaurants and retail businesses. Ann Arbor City Council recently approved the closures to help businesses facilitate safer physical distancing practices during the health crisis. The street closures will last until 8 p.m. on Sunday and will be put into place every weekend until Aug. 23. The closures include:Main Street from William Street to Liberty StreetMain Street from Liberty Street to Washington StreetWashington Street from South Ashley to Main StreetMaynard Street from East Liberty Street to East William Street (closure is seven days a week)East Liberty Street from Thompson Street to South State StreetSouth State Street from East Washington Street to East William StreetClosures to begin on Friday, June 19 include:Church Street from South University to Willard StreetDetroit Street from East Kingsley Avenue to North Fifth AvenueForest Street alley Like what youre reading? Sign up for our email newsletter here!