The City of Ferndale has been working on an update to 2014’s FerndaleMoves! plan, the framework for improving walking, biking and transit in the City. In the past few months, we’ve already heard from many residents through our online map about what they’d like to see to make it easier and safer to get around Ferndale on FerndaleMoves.com. The interactive map was open from April 14, 2020 to November 4, 2020 and received 227 comments from 180 unique users. From this map, we have heard:
Walking or rolling: People used this map to tell the City where they would like to see new crosswalks, lighting improvements, improved signal timing, traffic calming, and more continuous sidewalks. Commenters also brought up the general need for wider sidewalks to give people walking a wider buffer from vehicle traffic and to give them room to walk around town while social distancing during the COVID 19 pandemic. Most of the comments on the map are proposed locations for new or upgraded crosswalks.
Taking the bus: The survey did not get many comments on transit improvements, but people using transit most likely access their stop on foot or by bike and these improvements will also improve transit access. Additionally, the project team is looking for ways to broaden outreach to transit riders. On this map, the dots represent commenter’s suggestions for more buses, bus shelters, bike racks, and accessible access to bus stops.
Riding a bike: The bike map received the most comments of all 3 of the maps. Most commenters suggested new or upgraded bikeway locations. Other comments suggested intersection improvements, traffic calming, new crossings, and bike parking locations.
We’ve also looked at past plans, City demographics, public input and on-site mobility walks to understand the existing conditions in Ferndale and plan for the future.
The Mobility Plan will recommend physical projects, programs, and policies to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging more non-motorized transportation and incorporating sustainable designs into our streets.
Without input from the people it is meant to serve, the Mobility Plan won’t work. Please join us for a public meeting on December 9, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:00pm to review a first draft of recommendations and tell us your thoughts. Because of COVID-19, all outreach will be conducted online and by mail in an effort to keep everyone safe.
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FerndaleMoves Public Meeting
December 9, 2020
6:30 to 8:00pm
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