In 2007 the Ann Arbor City Council adopted a comprehensive Non-motorized Transportation Plan, which supports the assumption that strong pedestrian and bicycle facilities create a community that is physically active, accessible, and exceedingly livable. Currently, the city’s non-motorized transportation system includes 475 miles of sidewalks, 71.2 lane miles of on-road bike lanes, and 57.5 lane miles of shared-use paths. Several different city units, including Systems Planning, Project Management, Planning and Development, Field Operations, Parks & Recreation, Communications, Community Standards, and Police and Public Safety, have taken great strides to improve the programs and projects that support and expand that system.
The plan identified the critical need to expand the city’s infrastructure by adding 82.5 lane miles of on-road bicycle lanes, 25 miles of sidewalks, and 130 mid-block crossings. This expansion will establish the physical and cultural environment to support and encourage safe, comfortable, and convenient ways for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel throughout the city and into the surrounding communities.
Overview excerpt sourced from City of Ann Arbor