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Steven Parkison inside ward 1 January 12, 2021, 4:55 PM

How often do you travel through the Lower Town area? Daily
Do your trips typically start or end in the Lower Town Area (in pre-pandemic times)? Trip typically passes through a portion of the study area, but does not begin or end in the study area
How do you typically travel through the Lower Town area? By bicycle
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by car, what issues have you experienced? I don't drive through it often, but not much.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area as a pedestrian, what issues have you experienced? Cars pulling through the cross walk to turn onto Pontiac.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by wheelchair, what issues have you experienced? N/A.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area as a bicyclist, what issues have you experienced? Cars crowding the bike lane, or debris and garbage cans in the bike lane. Its hard to find a way across the Broadway bridge on a bike as well.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by public transit, what issues have you experienced? In frequent service is the biggest, both up Plymouth and to down town.
Which spots do you consider to have good conditions and which spots are problematic for you when traveling in the Lower Town area? Pin at 42.288452, -83.740441 (Problems crossing the bridge on a bike. I don't want to crowd the side walk but cars aren't welcoming either.), Pin at 42.289746, -83.73841 (A left turn here is hard to make on a bike.), Pin at 42.298489, -83.736594 (Mostly good bike lanes on Pontiac (sometimes debris or trash cans though).), Pin at 42.294671, -83.733096 (No bike lane, and only a shared use path on the eastern/southern side of pontiac.), Pin at 42.293392, -83.731165 (Bad road conditions.)
What ideas do you have to improve mobility in the Lower Town area? More frequent bus service up and down Plymouth and Pontiac would help a lot of people and ease car travel. Better bike paths over the Broadway bridge and up Plymouth would help cyclist.

Name not shown inside ward 1 January 12, 2021, 4:08 PM

How often do you travel through the Lower Town area? Daily
Do your trips typically start or end in the Lower Town Area (in pre-pandemic times)? Trip typically begins in the study area, but ends outside of the study area, or vice versa
How do you typically travel through the Lower Town area? Other - Walk and car both. Bike some too.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by car, what issues have you experienced? Pre-COVID: extremely busy during peak times. Not busy during non-peak times.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area as a pedestrian, what issues have you experienced? No problems for pedestrians
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area as a bicyclist, what issues have you experienced? No problems.
Which spots do you consider to have good conditions and which spots are problematic for you when traveling in the Lower Town area? Pin at 42.295403, -83.73741 (Apple needs sidewalks for school children and for Avalon housing residents going to and from the bus stop there.), Pin at 42.296207, -83.734105 (mini-traffic round island would help blind intersection with cars coming up the hill and people crossing Traver for church or school.), Pin at 42.29026, -83.737034 (New roundabout will direct cut through traffic up the residential street from Medical Center Drive apartments and condos, not just the new development.), Pin at 42.296309, -83.73059 (At commuting times, Cars often run this stop sign where children cross for school.), Pin at 42.300167, -83.73569, Pin at 42.302355, -83.735931 (Barton and Pontiac intersection is very busy at commuting times. Worst are the inbound commuters on Pontiac Trail who run reds and prevent cars from turning left onto Barton trying to get to M14. Thus that backs up and people turning left do it on the red too.), Pin at 42.307628, -83.734834 (Arrowwood residents have to exit onto busy Pontiac. Signal needed?)
What ideas do you have to improve mobility in the Lower Town area? More commercial/retail in the Broadway, Wall, Maiden Lane area would greatly reduce vehicle trips in that area. There is a large amount of residential in a very short walking distance, and people would walk to amenities if they existed. The Master plan was not followed at Morningside's LowerTown, betraying the desires of the citizens and sabotaging the mixed use vision for that area. The net result is a massive increase in vehicle trips from the 1000 new residents for that development and the thousands of residents who are stuck with a dearth of amenities and forced to drive elsewhere.

Name not shown inside ward 1 January 12, 2021, 12:07 AM

How often do you travel through the Lower Town area? Weekly
Do your trips typically start or end in the Lower Town Area (in pre-pandemic times)? Entire trip typically begins and ends in the Lower Town study area
How do you typically travel through the Lower Town area? Other - my travel varies--bike, walk, car
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by car, what issues have you experienced? Traffic congestion! Also, speeding traffic through residential areas.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area as a pedestrian, what issues have you experienced? Traffic congestion and dangerous traffic, partly caused by lack of a good parking plan for the Northside School, with designated parking areas for parents dropping off and picking up children.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area as a bicyclist, what issues have you experienced? See above: speeding traffic and dangerous, opportunistic parking by parents hastily dropping off children.
What ideas do you have to improve mobility in the Lower Town area? The area now known as “Lower Town” is one of the oldest areas of Ann Arbor and is outstanding for its many beautiful 19th century buildings and homes, mature trees, and lovely green spaces, and peaceful residential streets. In terms of transportation and its social and environmental impacts, the following are important for protecting this residential neighborhood from the impact of traffic flows through the area:

1) A parking plan for parents to pick up and drop off Northside School students in a streamlined way should be developed as a priority. The present situation in which parents use residential streets for informal parking places to drop off their children is both dangerous and dysfunctional.
2)Traffic on residential streets should be “calmed” by speed bumps and by stop signs at intersections to protect residents, pedestrians, and cyclists from speeding traffic.
Members of the Northside neighborhood have previously attempted to draw the attention of City officials to these problems. To my knowledge, no action has been taken.
3)The City should develop and encourage alternatives to single car transportation into Ann Arbor as a way to alleviate growing traffic congestion. One approach would be park-and- ride plans provided by free car parks on the periphery with shuttles to the University campuses and central business area.
This is not simply a matter of "improving mobility": A traffic plan should, as the highest priority, protect the residential areas from the impacts of traffic.

Joseph Hatch outside wards January 11, 2021, 11:10 PM

How often do you travel through the Lower Town area? Daily
Do your trips typically start or end in the Lower Town Area (in pre-pandemic times)? Trip typically passes through a portion of the study area, but does not begin or end in the study area
How do you typically travel through the Lower Town area? By car
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by car, what issues have you experienced? Long light at pontiac trl/broadway bu the power station, should have blinking right turn arrow. Those heading downhill on P-Trl wouldn’t feel the need to speed to “make the light” if they knew they could turn right on red there (perhaps at least on weekends or after hours blinking right on red).

Also, Northbound on pontiac trail the road is a mess right at the longshore drive.
Which spots do you consider to have good conditions and which spots are problematic for you when traveling in the Lower Town area? Pin at 42.290816, -83.739355 (Terrible pavement issues around this corner. And across the tracks.), Pin at 42.286781, -83.743412 (Scary here for pedestrians / runners, can’t know which way they’re heading until they dart out in front of you.), Pin at 42.289095, -83.739614 (Blinking Red-on-red Arrow in non-peak times at least. Or an early green and stop inbound from Plymouth for 5-10seconds to allow a shorter wait at this light.)
What ideas do you have to improve mobility in the Lower Town area? Walking path all along hill/track side of Plymouth Rd.

Run a bus up to Nixon and Pontiac Trl. or Loop Dixboro bus to PTrl and back into town. Park and Ride at farm by nixon and pontiac.

Name not shown inside ward 1 January 11, 2021, 9:34 PM

How often do you travel through the Lower Town area? Daily
Do your trips typically start or end in the Lower Town Area (in pre-pandemic times)? Trip typically begins in the study area, but ends outside of the study area, or vice versa
How do you typically travel through the Lower Town area? By bicycle
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by car, what issues have you experienced? Cars not stopping at the Barton/Traver intersection, people traveling too fast on Traver, dangerous intersection at Traver and John A Woods.
When school is in session Traver is heavily used during drop off and pick up times in ways that tend to be unsafe.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area as a pedestrian, what issues have you experienced? Dangerous intersection at Barton and Traver. Cars taking the corner too fast on Barton at Starwick.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area as a bicyclist, what issues have you experienced? Riding Plymouth by bike is dangerous. No real room for bicycles on the road. And if you use the path from Jones heading toward downtown, it's also dangerous. Cars don't look for someone/something moving faster than a pedestrian on a path/sidewalk.
Navigating the whole Broadway/Maiden Lane/Moore/Plymouth Rd intersection is very difficult and dangerous especially if trying to turn.
The Broadway Bridge is dangerous. A bike is moving too slow to be with cars on the road and too fast to be with pedestrians on the sidewalk. The hard turns in the sidewalk to navigate the cutouts do not lend themselves to bicycle traffic.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by public transit, what issues have you experienced? No complaints about the buses other than them not putting up schedules for certain of the regular bus routes in the shelters. The 65 for example has been operating on Plymouth for years and is optimal for those of us heading to campus. In all that time they have never put up the schedule for the 65 although the other route schedules are up.
Which spots do you consider to have good conditions and which spots are problematic for you when traveling in the Lower Town area? Pin at 42.298099, -83.732051 (Dangerous intersection), Pin at 42.29621, -83.73411 (Drivers can't see to get onto Traver), Pin at 42.296253, -83.730628 (Smart lights, caution left turn from Plymouth onto Barton allowed, right turn on red allowed.)
What ideas do you have to improve mobility in the Lower Town area? Establish a workable drop off/pick up zone for the school

Name not shown inside ward 4 January 11, 2021, 9:26 PM

How often do you travel through the Lower Town area? Daily
Do your trips typically start or end in the Lower Town Area (in pre-pandemic times)? Trip typically passes through a portion of the study area, but does not begin or end in the study area
How do you typically travel through the Lower Town area? By car
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by car, what issues have you experienced? Traffic backups at the Broadway intersections at Swift and Moore/Maiden Lane (either on Broadway or on Swift). The pavement condition of Plymouth Rd from Broadway to Barton Dr is awful and full of potholes, particularly in the spring during the freeze/thaw cycles.
Which spots do you consider to have good conditions and which spots are problematic for you when traveling in the Lower Town area? Pin at 42.289164, -83.73969 (Long wait times for traffic traveling south on Swift to turn onto Broadway), Pin at 42.289365, -83.738781 (Many cars turn left from Swift onto Broadway only to make an immediate right onto either Wall St or Maiden Ln), Pin at 42.293753, -83.734663 (Plymouth Rd is in awful condition from Broadway to Barton Dr)
What ideas do you have to improve mobility in the Lower Town area? I find the Broadway intersections at Swift and Moore/Maiden Lane to be very problematic. It's incredibly inefficient for traffic traveling south on Pontiac Trail to be diverted to Swift, wait for long periods of time to turn left at the light at Broadway, and then immediately turn right onto either Wall St or Maiden Lane to head towards UM Hospital. It seems that it would be much more efficient to change Moore into two-way traffic, thereby allowing southbound Pontiac Trail traffic to go south on Moore and then straight through the light at Broadway onto Maiden Lane. This would avoid unnecessary backups on Swift for traffic turning right onto Broadway to go towards downtown, as well as allow hospital workers to get to the hospital more quickly (particularly during shift changes).

Name not shown inside ward 5 January 11, 2021, 9:06 PM

How often do you travel through the Lower Town area? Monthly
Do your trips typically start or end in the Lower Town Area (in pre-pandemic times)? Trip typically begins in the study area, but ends outside of the study area, or vice versa
How do you typically travel through the Lower Town area? By car
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by car, what issues have you experienced? Traffic congestion, leading to dangerous interactions between vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Additional crosswalks, bike lanes, and poor traffic signal timing have added to problems. This will only get worse with additional development in the area.
Which spots do you consider to have good conditions and which spots are problematic for you when traveling in the Lower Town area? Pin at 42.283913, -83.73333 (Poorly timed traffic signal.)
What ideas do you have to improve mobility in the Lower Town area? STOP trying to encourage mix of pedestrians and bikes and vehicles everywhere -- it's dangerous! Separate routes that segregate different types of "mobility" are more efficient and safer. It is a difficult area, with one bridge to cross town, and out-of-towners needing access to UM Hospital; careful and comprehensive planning is needed. Do NOT put a traffic circle at Maiden Lane/Fuller/Medical Center Dr.! Or anywhere in this area! Concepts for improving "mobility" in Lower Town require looking at a much larger area to consider whether vehicle traffic can be routed around it to access UM Hospital/Kellogg. Build another road, another bridge? Huge and complex issues; please take a realistic, comprehensive, and very practical look at what the problems are, rather than imposing theoretical and idealistic "solutions" that have not passed the reality test.
Note, I did not "pin" any areas due to lack of time.

Name not shown inside ward 2 January 11, 2021, 5:49 PM

How often do you travel through the Lower Town area? Weekly
Do your trips typically start or end in the Lower Town Area (in pre-pandemic times)? Trip typically passes through a portion of the study area, but does not begin or end in the study area
How do you typically travel through the Lower Town area? By car
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by car, what issues have you experienced? long waits at Maiden Lane turning right onto Plymouth Rd. Long waits on Barton Drive near M-14 entrances during rush hour. Not enough parking at Argo
Which spots do you consider to have good conditions and which spots are problematic for you when traveling in the Lower Town area? Pin at 42.302843, -83.743896 (bad traffic during rush hour), Pin at 42.289592, -83.73806 (turning right onto Plymouth Rd from Maiden Lane)

Michelle Hughes inside ward 1 January 11, 2021, 5:04 PM

How often do you travel through the Lower Town area? Weekly
Do your trips typically start or end in the Lower Town Area (in pre-pandemic times)? Trip typically passes through a portion of the study area, but does not begin or end in the study area
How do you typically travel through the Lower Town area? By bicycle
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by car, what issues have you experienced? None.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area as a pedestrian, what issues have you experienced? There is a sidewalk gap next to the dispensary called "Information Entropy". There is a goat path there. It is necessary to travel on the goat path in order to get to the bus stop.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area as a bicyclist, what issues have you experienced? Drivers honk at me because they expect me to use the sidewalk - particularly over the Broadway bridge. Riding on the sidewalk is dangerous. But even if I wanted to, the concrete walls on the broadway bridge are positioned so that it is not easy to change between riding on the street and riding on the sidewalk, and back. When the concrete wall begins, it flares out away from the street, so I have to slow down and take sharp turns in order to enter the sidewalk. Since sidewalks are dangerous to ride on, I don't bother.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by public transit, what issues have you experienced? You have to walk on the goat path where there is no sidewalk, i order to get to the bus stop near the "Information Entropy" dispensary and the cottage inn.
Which spots do you consider to have good conditions and which spots are problematic for you when traveling in the Lower Town area? Pin at 42.290223, -83.7381 (Sidewalk gap.)
What ideas do you have to improve mobility in the Lower Town area? Fix the sidewalk gaps.

Name not shown inside ward 1 January 11, 2021, 1:02 PM

How often do you travel through the Lower Town area? Daily
Do your trips typically start or end in the Lower Town Area (in pre-pandemic times)? Trip typically begins in the study area, but ends outside of the study area, or vice versa
How do you typically travel through the Lower Town area? By walking
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area by car, what issues have you experienced? The timing of the light at Barton drive (turning left or right onto Plymouth) is quite slow. While this hasn't been an issue during Covid, it results in abnormally long wait times. There are a lot of commuters coming off 14 onto Barton who are in a rush and drive well over the speed limit, so traffic calming measures would be appreciated.
If you have traveled through the Lower Town study area as a pedestrian, what issues have you experienced? I sense most locals drive through the area respectfully, but the Barton to M-14 corridor has many commuters to places like Brighton who drive quite fast. There are places where it feels unsafe as a pedestrian. One example is the stop sign on Barton at Traver (heading to Plymouth). I have seen drivers blow through that too often. Locals know it's there, but people coming off of 14 sometimes miss it.
Which spots do you consider to have good conditions and which spots are problematic for you when traveling in the Lower Town area? Pin at 42.298135, -83.732085 (There are drivers coming off 14 who miss this stop sign on Barton at Traver. Something to highlight it would be appreciated.), Pin at 42.300131, -83.733575 (The speed of commuters coming off 14 is often quite high. Traffic calming measures or greater police presence would help. For all the speeding, I've never seen someone get a ticket in this stretch.)