Community Petition for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvements on Saginaw and Oakland
COMMUNITY PETITION For pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements to Saginaw Street and Oakland Ave/East Grand River Ave in Lansing, Michigan. We, the undersigned qualified and registered electors, residents in the City of Lansing, Counties of Ingham and Eaton, State of Michigan, respectively petition for the following pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements on Saginaw Street: 1) reducing Saginaw Street to three lanes from Rosemary Street to Howard Street 2) installing a bicycle lane on Saginaw Street and Oakland Ave/East Grand River Ave from Rosemary Street to Howard Street 3) installing on-street parking in the 900 block of West Saginaw Street 4) preserving the traffic light and lighted crosswalk on Saginaw Street at Butler in Lansing 5) installing additional street trees and landscaping in the 900 block of West Saginaw Street and other areas along Saginaw Street In February 2010, the City of Lansing presented its draft non-motorized transportation plan, a community-driven effort that incorporated thousands of comments from hundreds of residents city-wide. The plan shows a desire for pedestrian and bicycle improvements along Saginaw and Oakland Ave/East Grand River Ave Streets, including bicycle lanes on Saginaw and Oakland Ave/East Grand River Ave, and road crossing improvements on Saginaw at Durant, Jenison, Butler, and Foster; and on Oakland Ave/East Grand River Ave at Durant, Jenison, Butler, Carter, Prudden, Maryland, Fairview School, and Foster. Additionally, a Corridor Analysis of Saginaw and Oakland Ave/East Grand River Ave by the Lansing Master Plan team in 2008 showed that reducing Saginaw Street by one lane does not impact the level of service (does not create traffic congestion). This study also recommended greenery, landscaping and trees along Saginaw Street. Finally, the regional air quality conformity analysis conducted in 2009 shows no adverse impact on regional air quality by reducing Saginaw Street by one lane. Saginaw Street and Oakland Ave/East Grand River Ave are main arteries in Lansing and priority corridors for revitalization, beautification and safety improvements for the residents and business along and around these streets. We believe that the above pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements will assist in creating an environment along these streets that is safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, welcoming to residents and visitors, and attractive to existing and new businesses and their customers. Signatures in support of these actions will be submitted to elected and appointed officials and other staff of the Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Lansing.