Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Walkable and Livable Communities Institute expert Dan Burden helps people conceptualize what Woodward Avenue could be in Birmingham and beyond.
Birmingham resident Michael Kopmeyer loves having the ability to comfortably walk along many of downtown streets, neighborhoods, and business districts that to him, help comprise a true community. But that doesn't include the largest, and perhaps most important, roadway: Woodward Avenue. "I never walk here," he said while strolling along the busy thoroughfare near the city's gateway with a handful of residents and community stakeholders Tuesday morning. "I feel uncomfortable because of the traffic, because there are no sidewalks in many spots, and just the overall atmosphere." The critical, yet honest impression is exactly what organizers of the Woodward Avenue Action Association's (WA3) Complete Streets master plan hoped to get during …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The three-day charrette will give a glimpse of the concept and provide an opportunity for residents to help shape the future of Woodward Avenue.
Do you have a vision or opinion for what the Woodward Avenue should look and feel like both inside and outside of Birmingham? Bring them to the The Woodward Avenue Action Association's (WA3) three days of interactive community events from May 20-22 at 555 S. Woodward (on the building's west side, facing Old Woodward). The charrette is part of the WA3's Woodward Complete Streets master planning effort, and is the second in a series of five planned for communities along the Woodward corridor. The series starts with a general presentation Monday that will help set up Tuesday morning's walking audit/tour through downtown Birmingham with Walkable and Livable Communities Institute expert Dan Burden, who will lead the workshops. A cumulative …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Find out how a Woodward Avenue master plan could impact home values and businesses in Ferndale, according to proponents.
The implementation of a Complete Streets master plan along Woodward Avenue would give Ferndale businesses and homeowners an economic boost, proponents said last week during a series of interactive events in the city. The gatherings were part of the Woodward Avenue Action Association's efforts to collect public input for a Woodward Complete Streets master plan that aims to make the 27-mile stretch of the historic roadway from Detroit to Pontiac more safe, friendly and accessible for users of all modes and abilities. The makeover would encourage economic growth along the entire corridor, Birmingham included, proponents said. "Spreading commercial districts along a corridor is an outdated suburban planning (strategy)," said Walkable and …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Residents encouraged to attend several upcoming meetings in April and May.
The city of Birmingham is seeking residsent input on rapid transit options, master plans, complete streets, zoning classifications and other issues at several upcoming meetings. Residents of Birmingham and surrounding communities are invited to attend the following events: Oakland Avenue / Park Street / Woodward Sub Area Plan Public Open House for Alternative Analysis Birmingham Woodward Southern Gateway Plan Design Charrette Complete Streets for Woodward Avenue Charrette For more information about these events, contact Jana Ecker at 248-530-1841 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Source: City of Birmingham.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The consultants in charge of creating Birmingham's multi-modal transportation plan will present their rough draft during two sessions Thursday.
Whether you're a driver, a cyclist or fond of walking, all residents will have the chance today to weigh in on what could become the city's master plan for multi-modal transportation. During two sessions on Thursday, consultants will present a rough draft of Birmingham's multi-modal transportation plan during an open house at Baldwin Public Library. It's a plan, city officials hope, that will help guide future planning and development around multiple forms of transportation — from adding bike paths, to improving bus stops, to making Birmingham even more walkable. Behind the process is Greenway Collaborative, Inc., a consulting firm out of Ann Arbor that focuses on non-motorized planning. Birmingham first hired Greenway last summer to …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Learn more about what will go into the city's new transit plan at a workshop scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Baldwin Public Library.
Do you want to learn more about bike lanes in Birmingham? How about ways to make downtown Birmingham more accessible to pedestrians or strategies for getting more kids to walk or ride their bikes to school? More importantly, do you have an opinion on these issues? Then you'll want to attend a workshop being held from 7-9 p.m. tonight at Baldwin Public Library where city officials and consultants will present their early findings on alternative transit in Birmingham. Thursday's "project visioning workshop" is just one more step towards crafting a multi-modal transportation plan for Birmingham. It's a plan, city officials hope, that will help guide future planning and development in Birmingham around multiple forms of transportatation. …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Birmingham city planner Sue Weckerle will update attendees of Wednesday's Bike Summit about Birmingham's progress crafting its own multi-modal transportation plan.
Residents from Birmingham and along the Woodward Avenue corridor interested in brainstorming plans for a multi-city bike path can have their say at a public meeting in Royal Oak Wednesday. A Bike Summit is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Royal Oak Public Library, located at 222 E. 11 Mile Rd. in downtown Royal Oak. According to event organizers, the purpose of the Bike Summit is to provide a forum for citizens to discuss a multi-city push for alternative modes of transportation, including marked bicycle routes, sharrows, bicycle boulevards and paths to link the various communities along Woodward Avenue. Residents who live and work in Berkley, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Royal Oak and Southfield are …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Almost 430 residents from Birmingham and its surrounding communities completed a survey about multi-modal transportation in Birmingham.
If there were more sidewalks, pathways and bike lanes in Birmingham, would you walk or ride your bike more often? Those were some of the initial conclusions drawn from a survey on how residents get around in Birmingham — whether that's driving, walking or riding the bus — which will be considered as the city works on crafting a new multi-modal transportation plan. The survey was administered by Greenway Collaborative, Inc., a consulting firm out of Ann Arbor that focuses on non-motorized planning. Birmingham hired Greenway earlier this year to help them figure out multi-modal transportation after the Birmingham City Commission voted in support of the state-mandated Complete Streets program in July 2011. Complete Streets requires …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Residents have until Sunday evening to fill out a survey geared to help Birmingham craft its multi-modal transportation plan.
Do you have an opinion on mass transit, bike lanes or improving the walkability of downtown Birmingham? If so, the city is looking for your help. Through this Sunday, Birmingham residents are invited to fill out a survey, the results of which will help guide the city as they prepare to create a new multi-modal transportation plan. According to City Planner Sue Weckerle, the survey will be used to identify travel patterns and what kind of improvements residents want to see first. Birmingham has been working to craft a multi-modal transportation plan — which will largely guide the city in implementing the state-mandated Complete Streets program — since last year. Complete Streets requires municipalities to accomodate alternate forms of …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan awards funding to the Woodward Avenue Action Association to help transform the 27-mile corridor.
The Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) has been awarded a $30,000 grant to support its efforts to develop a Complete Streets master plan for Woodward Avenue. The grant is from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and complements the $752,880 grant that was previously awarded by the Federal Highway Administration for the initiative. The association, an economic and community development organization based in Royal Oak, plans to develop a "Complete Streets" master plan that will transform the 27-mile corridor – from the Detroit River to Pontiac – into a complete, compatible and integrated roadway. A Complete Streets Steering Committee is being formed, which will be comprised of the Michigan Department of Transportation, …