Planning Commission meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at City Hall in Council Chambers. September’s Planning Commission meeting is September 21st at 7:00pm.
Fall 2016 Traffic Calming Demonstration Areas
The City is excited to announce traffic calming initiatives are coming to a few neighborhood streets this fall! Residents have told us loud and clear that they want cars moving slowly through neighborhood streets where kids, pets, and others are at play or on the move. We’re going to install proven methods for traffic calming along demonstration streets, where residents expressed a need for traffic calming and where improvements have been designated through our road bond. The City is rolling out two types of traffic calming measures to make Ferndale’s streets more accessible and safer for all who use them: sawtoothing (or alternating parking) and speed humps.
Sawtooth parking consists of designated areas for on-street parking that are placed on alternate sides of the street from end to end. This approach doesn’t increase or decrease the amount of on-street parking – it simply rearranges it to create the visual illusion of a narrower, fuller street. That visual illusion has been shown to effectively cause motorists to slow down.
Note: Parking spaces will not be striped.
Speed humps, which have the same goal as speed bumps, but are shorter and wider. Speed humps are 3-4 inches high and 12-14 feet wide, and unlike their bumpier cousins, they have a 3-6-foot ramp on each side. This makes them great tools to safely encourage drivers and cyclists to slow down on neighborhood streets, and they’ve been shown to reduce speeds to 15-20 MPH where implemented. Note: Speed humps to be installed near fire hydrants so parking spaces are not lost.
Demonstration streets include:
-Withington (Pinecrest to Livernois): Sawtooth Parking
-W. Maplehurst (Pinecrest to Woodward): Sawtooth Parking & Speed Humps
-W. Hazelhurst (Laprairie to Woodward): Speed Humps
-W. Bennett (Edgewood to Woodward): Speed Humps
-W. Drayton (Pinecrest to Livernois): Speed Humps
To find out more details, come to our Community Meeting on Wednesday, August 31st at Ferndale Area District Library (222 E. Nine Mile) from (6:00pm-7:00pm) or call the Community and Economic Development Department at 248-546-2366.
Woodward Corridor Neighborhood Bicycle Network Launches This Summer!
The City of Ferndale and five neighboring communities (Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak) were awarded a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant through MDOT and SEMCOG in July 2015. The highly visible bicycle route will allow residents to connect with schools, libraries and downtowns through Woodward Corridor communities without having to ride on Woodward Avenue. The bicycle route will accomplish a number of projects included in the previously adopted Ferndale Moves plan and showcase the regional cooperation taken to complete the project. Construction is nearly completion with signage, improved pedestrian crossings and bike repair stations installed. See below for a map of the route and let us know where you will travel on the route!
Rules of the Road for Safe Cycling in Ferndale This Summer!
The City of Ferndale isn’t becoming a safe place for pedestrians and cyclists because of road improvements alone. Residents and visitors need to know the appropriate “rules of the road” to become a functioning and safe place for multiple modes of transportation. Get familiar with ways to stay safe on the streets of Ferndale at our Education page and view this video on appropriate hand signaling below:
Ferndale Named One of Metro Detroit’s Most Bike-Friendly Communities Metromode profiled the most bike-friendly communities in Metro Detroit and Todd Scott (executive director of the Detroit Greenways Coalition) cited Ferndale one of the region’s leaders. Recent improvements to E. Nine Mile Road and Hilton Road were listed as ways the City adds cycling infrastructure as part of road projects. Find out about future non-motorized projects coming to Ferndale in the Network Implementation Plan.
Right-Sizing Roadways The Benefits of Slower Traffic, Measured in Money and Lives (City Lab, October 2015)The City of New Brunswick, New Jersey encountered an unfortunate incident in May 2014 when three children were hit by a car in a crosswalk on a busy street. A recent case study found that the safety benefits of reducing automobile space and speeds on the street would far outweigh any losses from driver delay. Find out about more projects that inspire Ferndale Moves at our Resources page.
Ferndale’s Multi-Modal Improvements Featured on MI Transportation Odyssey Video Series
The recent multi-modal improvements to Livernois Ave between Eight Mile and W. Nine Mile were featured in Trans4M‘s ‘Embracing Community Vision’ video series. Watch as planners discuss City of Ferndale’s transportation system with a focus on design principles and equity for every segment of the population.
See Works-In-Progress for more project information.
- Transportation Options – making walking, bicycling and transit easy, attractive and convenient choices for everyday trips.
- Safety – balancing the needs and improving the safety of all road users.
- Placemaking – transforming the City’s streets to remarkable and functional places that reflect Ferndale’s values and strengthen the local economy.
The Ferndale Moves! website launched as means to promote and share information on the City’s multi-modal transportation planning efforts. It is the place to find the most up to date information on the project. It is also the place to hold a community conversation on the future of transportation in Ferndale.
Ferndale Moves! is an outgrowth of building momentum in Ferndale.
- In 2010 the City passed a Complete Streets policy, expressing the desire to design Ferndale streets with all road users in mind – including walkers, bikers and transit vehicles.
- In 2012 City Council approved moving forward with a request for proposal to develop a multi-modal transportation plan, what is now known as Ferndale Moves!
- Currently Ferndale has been working with the Woodward Avenue Action Association, which received a federal grant to work on a Complete Streets Master Plan for the entire Woodward Corridor. Ferndale has been an active participant in Woodward Avenue Rapid Transit Alternatives Analysis
Ferndale Moves! provides a way to lay out a comprehensive direction for these efforts both within the City’s boundaries and in connecting Ferndale to the rest of the region.
- To improve the quality of life for the residents of Ferndale by offering a variety of viable and safe transportation choices appropriate for residents of all ages and abilities.
- To enhance the local economy by providing the type of transportation choices and physical environment that make a community an attractive place to live, establish a business and visit.
- To strengthen Ferndale’s brand as a one of the region’s premier walkable bikeable communities.
- To reduce traffic injuries and deaths by improving the safety of the transportation system for all modes.
- To enhance the personal well-being of Ferndale’s residents and reduce their health care costs by encouraging physical activity through everyday trips.
Ferndale Moves! Website
The Ferndale Moves! website is constantly evolving. All sections of the Plan are now available for viewing. As the plan develops we hope to add updates on City complete streets projects and other multi-modal initiatives.
Currently, the Multi-modal Network is available for viewing, and we would like to hear what you think of the ideas. You can also review what is driving the proposals on the Background and Past Input pages, or go to the Public Input page to view the latest proposal and offer your thoughts on the recommendations.
To view all pages on this website, a site map is available here.