2021 was a productive year for mobility and transportation projects in the City of Ferndale with major plan updates, resurfacing projects, accessibility improvements at parks, and new bicycle parking options. Scroll below for a brief update on some of the mobility projects completed in in the past 12 months, plus a few that will impact mobility in Ferndale for years to come!
- Ferndale Moves Mobility Plan: The City's official mobility and transportation plan was adopted by Ferndale City Council on April 26, 2021 after 10 months of community feedback. The adopted plan builds upon the success of the original 2014 plan four community guided goals: Environment, Community, Equity, and Regional Mobility. Review the adopted Ferndale Moves plan, including appendices HERE.
- West Marshall (Woodward to Allen) Resurfacing: W. Marshall, between Woodward Avenue and Allen Road, received a makeover during summer/fall 2021 with new conventional bike lanes, street trees, striped parking spaces, and green stormwater infrastructure. This project on the Woodward Corridor neighborhood bicycle route with connections to east/west Ferndale was partially funded by a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant, which helped bring these safety and climate resilient items to reality.
- Woodward Moves: The Cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge have continued to work with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) on plans to the 'Woodward Moves' traffic calming project—a planned narrowing of the road to make the thoroughfare safer and more accessible for all users. Most recently, Ferndale City Council unanimously passed a second resolution of support for the project on September 13, 2021. Since then, City staff has been working with MDOT on construction drawings and bid documents. The City and MDOT hope to share an update regarding the project in late 2021/early 2022.
- Geary and Wanda Park paths: New multi-use paths were installed at Geary and Wanda Parks in summer/fall 2021. These improvements were based on feedback during the 2017 Parks and Recreation Master Plan process and other community engagement that recommended parks be more accessible for all users. The paths connect visitors to sports fields, seating areas, playgrounds, and outdoor fitness equipment (at Geary Park). The paths are ready for wheelchair users, strollers, dog walkers, and all visitors to the parks.
- SMART Bus Route #430 on Hilton: SMART bus updated Route #430 to include service on Hilton Road in Ferndale in September 2021. This route generally connects the State Fair Transit Center in Detroit with stops in Royal Oak and Ferndale on the way to Troy. This route modification filled a major transit gap on the east side of Ferndale and connects with the Route #710 on Nine Mile in Ferndale. Plan your next ride on SMART's website today!
- New and Refreshed Bicycle Parking Options in Downtown Ferndale: You may have notice more (and updated) areas to park your bicycle when visiting Downtown Ferndale. The dot (the City's mixed use parking development) has two new enclosed bicycle parking areas: free bike racks near the east entrance to the dot, and the bike parking room (get your monthly or annual permit HERE). The bicycle parking room was also featured in a recent article by Metromode. The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has also been refreshing bike parking and benches throughout Downtown Ferndale. Park your wheels at the fresh "rainbow rack" on W Nine Mile (by Natural Food Patch).