Streets for All

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Creating a Connected City

For many years, Kalamazoo’s neighborhoods, university campuses and downtown have been divided by several wide, high-traffic one-way streets. This makes it more difficult for pedestrians, drivers and bicyclists to navigate downtown Kalamazoo safely, comfortably and enjoyably.

It’s time to reimagine downtown Kalamazoo’s network of streets. Our community is ready for calmer streets, active and inviting public spaces and safer travel for all that attracts more people on foot, bicycle and public transit to visit and enjoy businesses in downtown Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Streets For All is a lane conversion project that will transform downtown Kalamazoo into a welcoming, inclusive and vibrant destination that offers safe travel for all modes of transportation!

Modifying the number of lanes and transitioning to two-way streets will:

  • Improve livability by creating more bike lanes, walkways and bus/transit lines.
  • Enhance safety by creating fewer lanes, which leads to fewer crashes.
  • Calm traffic by slowing down vehicle speeds.
  • Promote a higher quality of life through quieter streets and more green space.
  • Encourage economic prosperity by supporting local businesses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why has the city decided to do this?
A: Kalamazoo’s neighborhoods, university campuses and downtown are currently divided by several wide, high-traffic one-way streets. This creates barriers for pedestrians, drivers and bicyclists. Converting to a two-way street will calm the speed of vehicles to make room for other modes of transportation and cultivate a community that can be enjoyed by all. Read more about the background here.

Q: What are the benefits?
A: Enhances Safety: By reducing the number of lanes, lane conversions can decrease vehicle-to-vehicle conflict points, leading to fewer crashes. Improves Livability: Creating space for pedestrians, cyclists and public transportation users. Calms Traffic: Slowing vehicle speeds and making streets more pleasant for residents and visitors.  

Q: How will it improve safety?
A: Fewer lanes mean fewer conflict points for vehicles, reducing the risk of crashes. Additionally, it will create safer pedestrian crossings and improved visibility at intersections.

Q: How will this support the local economy?
A: Overall, well-designed streets can attract visitors and boost economic activity. Easier access to local shops and restaurants encourage foot traffic.