Ann Arbor is designated as a Gold-level community due to the city’s outstanding planning practices, excellent sidewalk network, and walking volumes. Highlights of Ann Arbor’s application include:
- Ann Arbor’s journey to work walking mode share of 14.7% is substantially higher than the US average.
- Ann Arbor focuses on creating a comfortable and interesting walking environment by providing sidewalk furniture, planters, wayfinding signage, fountains, and information kiosks. The city also stipulates that 1% of city funds must go to public art.
- Ninety-eight percent of arterial roads have sidewalks on both sides and 82% of non-arterial roads have sidewalks on both sides. Ann Arbor continues to install infrastructure that makes it safer to walk – between 2011 and 2015, the city installed 18 rectangular rapid flashing beacons and 14 pedestrian islands!
- The city’s pedestrian crossing ordinance clearly explains when drivers shall stop for pedestrians in/or approaching crosswalks.
- Since 2006, Ann Arbor has collected 142 counts on 93 corridor segments. Pedestrian counts are conducted during three daily peak travel times and used to estimate total volumes for a typical day on the two intersecting corridors. The most recent counts focused on a mix of high-volume locations, screen line locations into the downtown and the University of Michigan campus, locations near newly installed ArborBike bike share stations, and locations along Main Street. Half of the counts were at new locations, while the other half were at locations with historic data.