Traffic speed and volume is a recurring topic of discussion. We continually evaluate our streets to ensure that vehicle traffic is moving at a safe speed and that drivers are operating their vehicles conscientiously. While there is not a notable safety issue on any of our local streets, improvements can always be made to slow down traffic and to promote bicyclist and pedestrian safety.
Towards that end, the City has been and continues to implement traffic calming methods on Ridge and Woodward Heights, as these are our primary local connector streets and carry the highest volume of traffic.
Residents on other streets in the City can petition the City to begin a traffic calming process on their street or block.
Traffic Calming Manual
The traffic calming manual provides background information on street design, traffic calming practices, specific traffic calming elements that can be used in Pleasant Ridge, and a detailed description of the process by which residents can petition the City to begin a traffic calming process on your street or block.
Woodward Avenue Road Diet Plan
Pleasant Ridge and Ferndale applied for a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant in February of 2021 to implement a road diet on Woodward. The project would reduce travel lanes from 8 to 6, and would implement two-way cycle tracks on each side of Woodward.
The proposed plan would implement the road diet with paint and bollards as an interim measure. No concrete curbs would be moved until a complete reconstruction of Woodward occurs.
Following are studies, research documents, and links to other traffic calming resources:
- NACTO Urban Street Design Guide
- Woodward Heights Traffic Calming Test Project Summary (September 8, 2020)
- Traffic Calming Town Hall Meeting Presentation (January 22, 2019)
- FHWA Stop Sign Fact Sheets
- Lane Width-Safety Correlation
- Michigan Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (2010)
- Multi-Way Stops – Research Shows the MMUCTD is Correct
- Study on Speed Humps (Iowa State University)
- Traffic Calming State of the Practice (ITE-FHWA 1999)
- Woodward Heights-Bermuda Stop Sign Warrant Study (2018)