Ann Arbor will begin construction on its first protected two-way bike lane this spring.
The lanes will run on William Street between State and South First streets and will have protective barriers separating cyclists from cars.
This project is part of the People-Friendly Streets initiative, led by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The initiative’s goal is to improve safety and enjoyment downtown by providing solutions that are sustainable, strengthen local business, and encourage people to visit and stay downtown.
DDA communications manager Maura Thomson says projects to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists in downtown Ann Arbor came up in the 2003 amended Downtown Development Plan. Since then, protected bike lanes have caught on in cities nationwide and DDA members heard a strong desire for increased safety and access for Ann Arbor cyclists.