Streets for People

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The City of Detroit recently completed work on Streets for People, a transportation plan with a singular focus — to make it easier and safer for all Detroiters to move around the city. The plan prioritizes improving safety for all Detroiters, especially our most vulnerable residents, and identifies clear implementation and design strategies for roadways improvement. Most importantly, the plan was created with 1000s of Detroiters' input. THANK YOU! This initiative includes the Plan (will be uploaded to this webpage soon) and the Street Design Guidelines.


Streets for People is rooted in five values: 

  1. SAFETY FIRST Streets should be safe for all Detroiters - no more crashes, no more deaths.
  2. EQUITY, DIGNITY, AND TRANSPARENCY Detroiters, these are YOUR streets - help us make them work best for you. 
  3. ACCESS FOR ALL All Detroiters should be able to easily move around the city, no matter their age or ability. 
  4. ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY Improve access to jobs and support neighborhoods by designing better streets and mobility options. 
  5. PUBLIC HEALTH Better mobility options can improve the health of Detroiters and reduce pollution. 

Action Plan List:

Through community engagement, the City of Detroit has drafted a list of action items to move Detroit forward.



LAUNCH A TRAFFIC SAFETY CAMPAIGN focused on dangerous driving that leads to serious injuries and deaths.

MAKE SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS to the 3% of streets that account for 40% of crashes in the city.

REDUCE SPEEDING on streets throughout the city.

CREATE A CITYWIDE SLOW STREETS NETWORK so all Detroiters have access to walking and biking.



MAKE IT EASIER TO ACCESS TRANSIT by walking, biking, rolling, or driving.

ENCOURAGE DEVELOPERS TO SUPPORT TRANSIT, WALKING, AND BIKING by providing bike racks and benches for bus riders.

ADD ADDITIONAL BIKE LANES so that more Detroiters can safely travel across the city by bike and scooter.

EXPAND SHARED MOBILITY OPTIONS like bikeshare and scooters, so that more Detroiters have affordable, flexible, and useful transportation choices.

PARTNER WITH BUSINESSES to encourage people to walk, bike, or take transit.



GET THE WORD OUT about existing and new greenways, safety improvements and destinations.

IMPROVE CONNECTIONS TO GREENWAYS, PARKS, AND COMMUNITY DESTINATIONS to make it easier to be healthy and active for people of all ages and abilities.

PROMOTE ART AND ACTIVITIES ON GREENWAYS that make all Detroiters feel included.

PLANT MORE TREES AND EXPAND GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE to make streets more pleasant, vibrant, and sustainable.



CONTINUE EDUCATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT around roadway safety under the Streets for People brand.

ENGAGE MORE DETROITERS during planning and design of transportation projects.

EXPAND OUTREACH DURING CONSTRUCTION so everyone knows about the new improvements and their impacts.

HOST DEMONSTRATIONS so that people can better understand new types of infrastructure or transportation options and offer feedback.



One aspect of Streets for People: Slow Streets

What is a slow street?

A slow street is a residential street with some form of traffic calming, such as speed cushions and signage to help you access key destinations such as parks and schools within your neighborhood. The goal is to create a low-stress, safe network of streets for walking, biking, scootering, etc. to explore Detroit's neighborhoods.  Check out our draft map of slow streets.


Street Design Guidelines 

As part of this plan, the City developed detailed guidelines that standardize and streamline how DPW designs streets in Detroit. Learn more and download the full guidelines here.



We thank the over 2,000 residents that filled out our surveys!

Here's a screenshot of our online map feedback. Click on the map to explore the map and view all the comments.



Streets for People Survey results