Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Woodward Avenue Action Association invites Ferndale residents to stop by May 20-22 during workshops to help create a roadway that works for everyone.
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Saturday, May 18
The Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) will hold three days of interactive community events on May 20, 21, and 22 as part of its Woodward Complete Streets master planning effort, heralded as the single largest Complete Streets planning effort ever undertaken in North America. This is the second in a series of five planned for the Woodward corridor, and will target the cities of Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills. The event will be held at 555 S. Woodward (on the west side of the building, facing Old Woodward). This three-day event is called a “charrette” and will focus on the cities of Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills; however, all area residents and community stakeholders are encouraged to attend and help make Woodward a road that …
Friday, April 5, 2013
The Woodward Avenue Action Association invites community members to participate in three days of free, interactive events April 17-19 at St. James Catholic Church in Ferndale.
The community is invited to help shape the Woodward Complete Streets master plan during three days of interactive events this month. The Woodward Avenue Action Association, an economic and community development organization, will host the events – which it refers to as a "charrette" – April 17-19 at St. James Catholic Church in Ferndale. The Woodward Complete Streets initiative, which first was announced in August 2011, aims to make the 27-mile stretch of roadway from Detroit Pontiac more safe, friendly and accessible for users of all modes and abilities, according to a WA3 press release. It is funded through a $752,000 Federal Highway Administration Grant. “We want to create a street that truly works for everyone," said Jason Fowler, WA3 …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Woodward Avenue Action Association is proposing the Gran Fondo - or 'Big Ride' - special event for June 30, 2013.
The Woodward Avenue Action Association is looking to bring a professional bicycle race and community bike ride to Woodward Avenue next summer, and Ferndale city leaders will soon weigh in on the proposed event. On Monday night, the Royal Oak City Commission discussed the Gran Fondo or 'Big Ride' planned for June 30, 2013 by the WA3. Most commissioners expressed enthusiasm for the professional bike race portion of the event, which would go down Woodward Avenue from Detroit to Pontiac and back, but commissioners were less excited about the community bike ride aspect. "We see this as a very high risk/low reward event,” said Royal Oak City Manager Don Johnson, pointing out safety concerns. Read more about what Royal Oak officials had to say …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Plans include addressing parking capacity, safety regulations and improving the corridor environment for bicycles and pedestrians.
Ferndale is leading the way in transforming the Woodward corridor and has signed on to a strategic plan to make improvements and changes. At Monday night’s City Council meeting, the Woodward transit-oriented development task force was adopted after council member Melanie Piana, a leader in the effort, and Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) Executive Director Heather Carmona, a key partner, presented to the council. Piana said the plan is about “five communities coming together to study and improve land use and increase economic development opportunities.” The plan touches on issues such as parking capacity, bicycle transit, road diets, safety regulations and making the corridor more of a “pedestrian environment,” put into place by a …