Traffic Calming (Safe Streets for All)

  • Project schedule2024-2027

In 2023 the City of Kalamazoo was awarded a $750,000 Safe Streets for All Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will be used to finalize some current planning work, pilot several traffic calming measures, and ultimately develop a comprehensive plan to reduce roadway deaths and serious injuries. $260,000 of matching funds have been committed to this project from the City budget from FFE and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

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Selected Locations

Protected Bicycle Facilities (expected mid-April installation)
  • Ravine Rd - City Limit to Douglas
  • W Michigan Ave - Eldridge to Howard
Trial Pedestrian Refuge Areas (expected summer 2024 installation)
  • W Maple St near Crosstown Pkwy
  • Oakland Dr near Clovelly Rd
  • Oakland Dr near Oliver Ln
  • W Maple St near Stearns Ave
  • E Cork near Lincolnshire Blvd
  • E Michigan Ave near King Hwy
  • Oakland Dr near Edgewood Dr
  • W North St near the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
  • S Rose St near Academy St
  • W Paterson St at the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
Neighborhood Traffic Calming (expected summer 2024 & summer 2025 installation)
  • Arboretum - Full width speed tables at 5 locations
  • Eastside - Speed humps at all 17 proposed locations
  • Edison - 4 speed tables along Fulford, 8 mini traffic circles, and 6 speedhumps
  • Fraternity Village Dr - 4 speed humps due to injuries and fatalities
  • Maple St - 2 speed humps and 2 mini traffic circles
  • Northside - 2 speed tables, trial pedestrian refuge area, and 7 speed humps
  • Westnedge Hill - 3 speed humps, and will revisit mini traffic circle design with neighborhood
Pilot Cycle Tracks (expected April-June 2024 installation)
  • Stadium Dr - Rambling to Howard
  • Lovell St - Stadium to Pitcher

 

Proposed Locations

Neighborhood Traffic Calming Proposed Locations

Arboretum Pkwy

The map below shows speed hump or speed table locations being considering on Arboretum Parkway. These would be off-set, meaning of each pair shown on the map, one would affect each direction of traffic only.

Map of Speed Hump/Table locatons on Arboretum Pkwy

Edison Neighborhood

The map below shows speed hump or speed table (red circles) and mini traffic circle (green circles) being considering in the Edison Neighborhood. Speed humps or speed tables on major streets would be offset, meaning that for each pair, only one would affect traffic in each direction.

Map of traffic calming locations proposed in the Edison Neighborhood

Eastside Neighborhood

The map below shows speed hump or speed table locations being considering in the Eastside Neighborhood. Since these are local streets, they would be across the entire street and each location would affect both directions of traffic.

Map of Speed Hump/Table locatons in the Eastside Neighborhood

Northside Neighborhood

The locations noted on the map below are being considered for traffic calming measures in the Northside Neighborhood. Red circles represent speed humps or speed tables, and the orange square represents a trial refuge island (a safe place in the center of the street so people only need to cross one direction of traffic at a time). If speed humps or tables are installed on Paterson, they would be off-set, meaning each would only impact one direction of traffic. Speed humps or tables on neighborhood streets would span the entire width of the roadway and affect both directions of traffic. 

Map of Speed Hump/Table locatons in the Northside Neighborhood

Inkster/Wilshire/Alta Vista

Below are locations being considered for traffic calming in the Westnedge Hill Neighborhood area. Speed humps or tables proposed are on local streets and would affect both directions of traffic. Read more about Mini Traffic Circles

Map of Speed Hump/Table locatons in the Westnedge Hill Neighborhood

Maple Street

Below are areas being considered for traffic calming on Maple Street. Speed humps or tables installed would affect both directions of traffic. Read more about Mini Traffic Circles.

Map of Speed Hump/Table locatons on Maple St

Fraternity Village Drive Area

The locations below are being considered for speed humps or speed tables on Fraternity Village Drive and California Avenue. They would span the entire width of the roadway and affect both directions of traffic. 

Map of proposed traffic calming on Fraternity Village Dr

Bicycle Amenities Proposed Locations

Stadium Drive Cycle Track

In 2024, we are planning to pilot a two-way cycle track on Stadium Drive from Howard Street to Rambling Road. The track would accommodate both directions of bicycle traffic on the north side of the street. It would utilize shoulder space on the road and would not affect existing vehicle lanes on Stadium Dr.

A map for a two-way cycle track on Stadium Dr

Lovell Street Cycle Track

In 2024, we are planning to pilot a two-way cycle track on Lovell Street from Pitcher to Stadium Dr. The cycle track will be marked with paint and sections of a Qwik Kurb product consisting of a hard plastic curb with reflective posts. The cycle track will be marked in bright green through intersections.

The two vehicle lanes will remain the same and on-street parking will be maintained on the south side of the street throughout. The north parking lane from Pitcher to Westnedge will remain and will transition to a loading zone in some areas near businesses. Where the road narrows west of Westnedge, on-street parking would be removed on the north side of the street to accommodate the cycle track.

A map for a two-way cycle track on Lovell St

Ravine Rd Protected Bike Lanes

We are considering adding temporary curb on Ravine Rd from Douglas Ave to the City Limits to protect this connection between the KRVT and the Kal Haven Trail. The curb would protect the bike lanes in both directions. 

A map for protected bike lanes on Ravine Rd

Westndege & Park Protected Bike Lanes

We are considering adding protective curb to the bike lanes that currently exist on Westnedge Ave and Park St from Kalamazoo Ave to Dutton St. The curb would help protect people riding bikes in the lane, and would maintain access to all drives. 

A map for protected bike lanes on Westnedge & Park

Oakland Dr Protected Bike Lanes

The map below shows a section of Oakland Drive being considered for protected bike lanes. Temporary curbs would be installed in this area to create a barrier between bicyclists and drivers. Access to all drives would be maintained. If installed, the project would be evaluated quarterly and adjusted as necessary.   

A map for protected bike lanes on Oakland Dr

Crosstown Pkwy Protected Bike Lanes

The map below shows a section of Crosstown Pkwy being considered for protected bike lanes. Temporary curbs would be installed in this area to create a barrier between bicyclists and drivers. Access to all drives would be maintained. If installed, the project would be evaluated quarterly and adjusted as necessary.

A map for protected bike lanes on Crosstown Pkwy

W Michigan Ave Protected Bike Lanes

The map below shows a section of W Michigan Ave being considered for protected bike lanes. Temporary curbs would be installed in this area to create a barrier between bicyclists and drivers. Access to all drives would be maintained. If installed, the project would be evaluated quarterly and adjusted as necessary.

A map for protected bike lanes on W Michigan Ave

 
Pedestrian Refuge Islands Proposed Locations

Proposed Pedestrian Refuge Island Locations

The map below shows proposed location for pedestrian refuge islands. Refuge islands help pedestrians cross the street by creating a protected area between lanes of traffic. A list of locations is also provided below the map. 

Map showing potential locations for pedestrian refuge islands

  1. W Paterson St at the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
  2. E Paterson St near N Edwards St
  3. W North St near the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
  4. E Michigan Ave near King Hwy
  5. Mills St near Gibson St
  6. Mills St near 2nd St
  7. S Rose St near Academy St
  8. Oakland Dr near Oliver Ln
  9. W Maple St near Stearns Ave
  10. W Maple St near Crosstown Pkwy
  11. S Burdick St near Balch St
  12. Alcott St near Adelaide St
  13. S Burdick St near Ridgewood St
  14. Oakland Dr near Clovelly Rd
  15. Oakland Dr near Hazel Ave
  16. Oakland Dr near Edgewood Dr
  17. S Burdick St near Pratt Rd
  18. E Cork St near Lincolnshire Blvd