Planning Commission meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at City Hall in Council Chambers. May’s Planning Commission meeting is May 17th at 7:00pm.
May is finally here and the City of Ferndale will be celebrating National Bike Month with weekly rides, classes, and more events. Ferndale City Council passed a resolution on April 10, 2017 to declare May as Bike Month to align with national efforts across the country and celebrate our nonmotorized-friendly city. Bike rides will be held each week in partnership with the Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop and classes, including Bike Law and Smart Cycling will be held at the Ferndale Area District Library. The annual family-friendly Downtown Bike Rodeo will also take place on May 18th at Schiffer Park with free bike inspections, helmets, and more. Dates for classes, rides, and events are listed below.
-May 1st: Bike Ride (Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop at 6:30pm)
-May 3rd: Bike Law class (Ferndale Area District Library at 6pm)
-May 9th: Smart Cycling class (Ferndale Area District Library at 6pm)
-May 13th: Bike Ride (Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop at 1:00pm)
-May 18th: Downtown Bike Rodeo (Schiffer Park at 4-8pm)
-May 19th: Bike to Work Day (Meet at corner of Woodward Ave/W. Troy. More details here)
-May 21st: Bike Ride (Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop at 1pm)
-May 23rd: Bicyclist Town Hall (Ferndale Area District Library at 6pm)
-May 24th: Bike Ride (Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop at 6:30pm)
-May 29th: Bike Decorating at the Memorial Day Parade (TBD)
-May 31st: Bike Ride (Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop at 6:30pm)
The City thanks the Downtown Development Authority, Ferndale Area District Library, Ferndale Police Department, Ferndale Fire Department, Ferndale Rotary Club, Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop, and League of Michigan Bicyclists for their support!
Rate Ferndale As A Bike City On This Survey (People For Bikes)
People For Bikes (a national organization that aims at making biking better) just posted this survey to identify the best U.S. cities for bicycling and rewarding those that are improving the fastest. Ferndale is one of the region’s leaders in biking infrastructure, so it would be interesting to see how Ferndale ranks against other communities nationwide. Only takes 5 minutes or so.
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 held a community meeting about the project on August 31st and we are excited to share details on what we learned and how the project will advance.
Speed humps are shorter and wider than typical speed bumps, and are used by cities like Ypsilanti, Farmington Hills, and other to safely encourage drivers to slow down on neighborhood streets. 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 that have been shown to reduce speeds to 15-20 MPH where implemented. Installation is expected to be complete before November 2016. Note: Speed humps to be installed near fire hydrants so parking spaces are not lost.
Demonstration streets include:
-W. Maplehurst (Pinecrest to Woodward): Speed Humps
-W. Hazelhurst (Laprairie to Woodward): Speed Humps
-W. Bennett (Edgewood to Woodward): Speed Humps
-W. Drayton (Pinecrest to Livernois): Speed Humps
The City is interested in measuring this project’s success through pre-project and post-project surveys of residents on these streets. You can provide input by taking the surveys and providing feedback to us throughout the testing period, which will go until approximately October 2017. A pre-project survey is included with this letter. Please fill it out and mail it to us or drop it off at City Hall, or take the survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/speed-study. To find out more details, 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 Rules of the Road (FAQ) 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.