Woodward Ave. Complete Streets Forums April 17-19

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(Transform Woodward Press Release, April 16, 2013)

The Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) will hold three days of interactive community events on April 17, 18 and 19 at the St. James Catholic Church, located at 241 Pearson Street in Ferndale at the corner of Pearson and Woodward. This series of events, collectively called a “charrette”, will be the first of five that will take place in the coming months in the cities and communities along Woodward. The first charrette will focus on the northern portion of Woodward in Detroit (from McNichols to Eight Mile) and the City of Ferndale.

This effort is being led by the WA3, in conjunction with consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff and a Steering Group comprised of representatives and policy makers from Wayne and Oakland counties, the 11 municipalities along Woodward, MDOT, M1 Rail, SEMCOG and associated advocacy groups.

The Woodward Complete Streets master planning initiative is designed to make the entire 27-mile Woodward corridor more friendly and accessible for users of all modes and abilities. The project is designed to be community-driven and the public is encouraged to attend and participate. The first of the series of interactive Complete Streets events will feature presentations, design sessions and a walking audit with walkability expert Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute.

The three-day Woodward Complete Streets event will be held in the St. James Church Gymnasium and Community Center.http://www.greenthumbferndale.com/

These events are free. No registration is required and all ages are welcome. The schedule is:

  • Wednesday, April 17th
    Drop-in hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Community meeting & presentation: 5- 6:30 p.m.
    Presentation on the Rapid Transit Alternative Analysis: 6:30 – 8 pm.
  • Thursday, April 18th
    Walking Audit and Interactive Design Workshop: 9 a.m.-Noon
    Drop-in: Noon-8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19th
    Drop-in: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Plan Concepts Presentation: 3-5 p.m.

“We want to create a street that truly works for everyone. Imagine a corridor that accommodates people of all ages and abilities, including pedestrians, bicyclists, seniors, mobility-challenged individuals, transit riders and motorists,” said Jason Fowler, WA3 and Woodward Complete Streets Program Manager. “By engaging the residents and businesses along the corridor, as well as industry experts in this visioning process, we can develop a wide variety of innovative solutions and create a successful master plan.”modern tax

Walkability expert Dan Burden, who will be in Ferndale leading the workshops and walking audits, remarked, “The Woodward Avenue Complete Streets master plan, which will cover 27 miles, could be the single largest Complete Streets planning effort ever undertaken in North America.”

Upcoming Complete Streets meetings in other communities include:

  • Birmingham/Bloomfield Hills – May 20-22
  • Bloomfield Township/Pontiac – June 3-5
  • Pleasant Ridge through Berkley – June 10-12
  • Downtown Detroit through Highland Park – June 17-19

About the Complete Streets Initiative

The Complete Streets Initiative for the Woodward corridor was first announced in August, 2011 when the WA3 received a $752,000 Federal Highway Administration Grant to help Transform Woodward and prepare a Complete Streets Master Plan for the 27-mile Woodward Avenue. The final piece of the Transform Woodward initiative is WA3’s Complete Streets master planning process, which will and develop concrete actions to improve access along the corridor for all — whether pedestrians, cyclists, drivers or transit riders.

About the Woodward Avenue Action Associationf115blue

The Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) is an economic and community development organization. Its mission is to preserve, promote and enhance Woodward Avenue, the 27-mile All-American Road through a local and regional effort. Woodward Avenue is also a member of the prestigious National Scenic Byway’s Collection, a collection of 150 distinct roadways in America that tell recognize roadways for intrinsic qualities and stories that can be told nowhere else in the world. For membership information, call 248-288-2004 or visit WA3 online at www.woodwardavenue.org.

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