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Winter Sidewalk Snow Removal Requirements In Washtenaw County

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Are you tired of trying to walk on sidewalks that haven't been cleared of snow and ice? Do you want to help keep local sidewalks safer for everyone else this winter? Local snow removal ordinances can be your most valuable tools (besides a snow shovel) for accomplishing this, because they help you understand what to do and who to contact if the sidewalks we all use aren't being properly maintained.

Please note that many Townships in Washtenaw County (such as Ann Arbor Township, Scio Township, Ypsilanti Township, etc.) do not have any type of snow removal ordinance.

Read Details For Each City, Village or Township With Sidewalk Snow Removal Regulations Here (PDF document)

Common Cycle Free Winter Repair Workshops

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Common Cycle will be hosting a monthly repair workshop through March 2015. These will be similar to the Mobile Repair sessions at the Sunday Artisans Market in Kerrytown, and provide those interested with access to space (heated!), tools and volunteers as needed. Outdoor Adventures (“Eibel Building” next to Eibel Field).

336 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Time: 6-9pm

Workshops will take place on the next two Thursday evenings, then the first Thursday of each month thereafter, all from 6-9 PM. The tentative schedule through the winter will include the following dates: February 5, 2015 and March 5, 2015.  Feel free to drop by to get help preparing your bicycle for the upcoming winter splendor, and to keep it rolling until spring. If you have any questions, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about Common Cycle, visit http://commoncycle.org

Construction Complete On Pathways Loop Around Ford Lake

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From the Ann Arbor News, January 10, 2015

Construction on two separate pathway projects on Textile and South Grove roads is done, completing a full non-motorized loop around Ford Lake. The approximatel 9-mile loop consists of different sections of pathways, sidewalks, bike lanes and nature trails.

Township Clerk Karen Lovejoy Roe highlighted the route's views and natural beauty, which she says is unmatched in Washtenaw County. "It's unique because of Ford Lake. Ford Lake is one of the best kept secrets in Washtenaw County," she says. "The bike paths and sidewalks provide great views and direct access to the lake and the many parks that surround Ford Lake, including the bridges and boardwalks located directly on it."

For the complete story click here.

Ann Arbor City Council Postpones Any Action On Crosswalk Ordinance Changes

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From The Ann Arbor News - January 6, 2015

A proposed change to Ann Arbor's crosswalk ordinance was quickly postponed at Monday night's meeting of the City Council. Respecting the wishes of the city's citizen-led Pedestrian Safety and Access Task Force to hold off on making any changes, the council decided to put the issue on hold until the council's first meeting in September. Council Member Stephen Kunselman, D-3rd Ward, is sponsoring the proposed change. He wants to change to the ordinance to make it clear that motorists don't have to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks unless they can do so safely. He says that will bring the ordinance language in line with a veto letter issued by former Mayor John Hieftje on Dec. 9, 2013. "Citizens should not have to feel that they have to stop if they don't believe it is safe to do so," Kunselman said at a council meeting in October.

For the full story visit http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/01/ann_arbor_crosswalk_ordinance.html#incart_m-rpt-2

How to Report a Pothole

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This year’s harsh winter has already taken its toll on local roads.  As the weather gets warmer, conditions will likely get worse.  Help save the rims of Washtenaw County cyclists by reporting potholes at the web sites and email addresses below.  

  • Ann Arbor: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Chelsea: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Saline: http://www.cityofsaline.org/?module=Page&sID=see-click-fix
  • Ypsilanti: http://www.cityofypsilanti.com/ActionRequestCenter
  • Washtenaw County Road Commission: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
  • MDOT (Roads designated with M, I or US: http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9615_30883_30885-69798--,00.html


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