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Multi-Modal Transportation Board

The goal of the Multi-Modal Transportation Board shall be to assist in maintaining the safe and efficient movement of motorized and non-motorized vehicles and pedestrians on the streets and walkways of the City and to advise the City Commission on the implementation of the Multi-Modal Transportation Plan, including reviewing project phasing and budgeting.  Board members shall be electors or property owners in the City. If you have any questions or comments regarding the Multi-Modal Transportation Board, please contact Mark Clemence, Deputy Chief of Police at 248.530.1875 or Jana Ecker, City Planner at 248.530.1841.



PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017, at 6 p.m., Room 205, City Hall, at 151 Martin St.  After 5 p.m, please enter through the Police Dept. door located on Pierce St.

Location #1 – On W. Maple between Hawthorne Rd. and Baldwin Ave. 
See Conceptual drawing of Location # 1 - Hawthorne Rd. and Baldwin Ave. 
The City maintains a trail system following the Rouge River corridor.  There is now an opportunity to install an improved, marked pedestrian crossing island at this location to allow pedestrians wishing to use the trail a safer option when crossing Maple Rd.  This improvement was recommended in the City’s Multi-Modal Transportation Master Plan.   of the island at Hawthorne is provided. The island would be constructed in the left turn lane, in an area where the lane is not being used.  Landscaping would be installed in the area to the east of the crosswalk, as shown.  Signs would be installed for each traffic direction, equipped with a pedestrian activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon, drawing attention to the crosswalk when pedestrians are present. 

Location #2 – On W. Maple at Lakepark Drive
See Conceptual drawing of Location #2 – At Lakepark Dr.
Also in accordance with the Master Plan, an island is proposed at the existing crosswalk on the east side of the Lakepark Dr. intersection.  The island would help reduce the speeds of motorists, and encourage pedestrians to cross Maple Rd. at the signalized intersection.  Similar to the other islands, a landscape feature would be included in the construction.  A picture of this proposal at  is included.

Location # 3 - On Maple from Suffield to Pilgrim Avenue
See Conceptual drawing of Location #3 – Suffield Ave. to Pilgrim Ave.
The Master Plan also recommended the construction of a pedestrian island on the block between Suffield Ave. and Pilgrim Ave.  The island would provide another means for a safer crossing for pedestrians wishing to cross Maple Rd. in this area.  Similar to the first location, Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons would be installed to help call attention to the area when pedestrians are crossing. While this location was recommended in the plan, the Multi-Modal Transportation Board is not certain that the demand for crossings here would be as great as at the other two locations.  Input from residents in the area would be helpful as this proposal is being considered. 

The Multi-Modal Board wishes to receive input from area residents prior to making a final recommendation.  If you would like your position known, but cannot attend the meeting, please forward written comment to the Engineering Dept. at preferably no later than Thursday, November 30, 2017, for the Board’s review.  If you have questions, you may contact Paul O’Meara at the email address above, or at 248-530-1836.


 Over the past year, the Board has been studying potential improvements to the entire S. Eton Rd. corridor from Maple Rd. to 14 Mile Rd.  Previous discussions at the Board level have resulted in a recommendation to the City Commission that includes:

  •  A pedestrian island at Maple Rd.
  • Narrowing of S. Eton Rd. from Maple Rd. to Yosemite Blvd. to allow an improvement to the sidewalk on the west side of the street.
  • Narrowing of S. Eton Rd. from Yosemite Blvd. to Villa Ave. to allow for wider sidewalks, as well as a green parkway with new street trees between the sidewalk and the road (on-street parking would be eliminated).
  • Removal of parking on the southbound side of the street, from Villa Ave. to Lincoln Ave., and using this paved area to install a two-way bike path separated from vehicle traffic by the use of a raised buffer.

The City Commission, while aware of the above proposal, has not taken any action on it to date. Attached is an aerial map north of Lincoln, and an aerial map south of Lincoln.

The Board has passed a motion recommending changes to S. Eton Rd. from Maple to 14 Mile Rd.
x section s eton at yosemite (1)  

x section s-eton-street-lincoln-to-villa

Option B2 Cross-Section

The cross-section shown represents what the street would look like facing north.  Features include:

 1. The installation of an 8-footwide concrete bicycle path,  constructed on the right of way between the existing Citystreet trees and the west edge of the road. The plan would feature a dashed yellow line down the middle to encourage two-way traffic. A 2-foot wide green space would remain between the new path and the existing street.  The Board discussed landscaping alternatives to grass, however, no decision  was made. Each driveway approach would need to be reconstructed from the existing City sidewalk to th west curb i order to accomodate the new bike path. (The City sidewalk would remain as is.)  

 2.The existing street would generally be left as is, except that a white line would be painted at 8 feet off the west curb, encouraging parking for southbound traffic.  The existing street will get the white line noted, but also a double yellow line will be added to help clarify two through travel lanes moved to the east side of the street. The current restriction banning overnight parking from 2 a.m. to 6a.m. would be removed to encourage use of this area by adjacent residents. 

  3. Curb extensions (bumpouts) would be installed at each intersection on the west side of the street in the area of the parking lane, to reduce the width of the street in these areas, thereby improving pedestrian safety at each crosswalk. 

If you have any questions, you may contact Paul O'Meara at the email address above, or at 248-530-1836.

Board Member   Term Expires
Vionna Adams Member-at-large from different geographical areas of the City 03/24/2018
Lara Edwards Member-at-large from different geographical areas of the City 03/24/2020
Andy Lawson Pedestrian Advocate 03/24/2018
Michael Surnow Bicycle Advocate Member  03/24/2019
Amy Folberg Member-at-large from different geographical areas of the City  03/24/2020
Daniel Rontal Mobility or Vision Impairment Experience/Expertise 03/24/2020
Johanna Slanga Traffic-focused Education and/or Experience 03/24/2019
Katie Schafer Alternate Member 10/27/2019
Daniel Isaksen Alternate Member 10/27/2019





View Multi-Modal Transportation Board Agendas and Meeting Minutes

Multi-Modal Transportation Plan  

The City's Multi-Modal Transportation Plan will be used to improve and expand opportunities for pedestrians, bicycles and transit users to respond to the growing demand for alternative forms of travel and to promote safe and comfortable transportation options. Find out more at Download the plan here, in addition to the Network Map and Downtown Map

Commissioners Approve W. Maple Trial Period
On Monday, June 1, the Birmingham City Commission approved recommendations from the Multi-Modal Transportation Board to create a modified cross-section for W. Maple Rd. from east of Cranbrook Rd. to Southfield that includes a three lane configuration with two through lanes and one continuous left turn lane.  The changes will be made for an undetermined trial period beginning in August or September.

Watch the May 7, 2015 Multi-Modal Transportation Board Meeting

 Multi-Modal Transportation Board Meeting Summaries  

May 7, 2015

April 9, 2015

March 5, 2015

February 5, 2015

January 8, 2015