Thursday, May 26, 2022

Walk & Roll

Non-motorized transportation plan is adopted in Westland

Westland City Council members have adopted the first non-motorized transportation plan for the city.

The Walk & Roll Plan is a set of projects aimed at improving non-motorized connectivity, safety, and comfort for Westland residents, officials said. With a thorough planning process that brought together the community, stakeholders, and city staff, the plan is a continuation of efforts in improving non-motorized conditions including filling sidewalk gaps and work from the 2017 Master Plan, officials said.

Funded by a $40,000 grant from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and contributions from the National Kidney Foundation, the Walk & Roll Plan will better connect the city, improve safety conditions, and encourage residents to bike and walk more often, according to a prepared statement from the city. Targeting Hines Drive, Lower Rouge Trail, parks, schools, jobs, recreation opportunities, and neighboring cities, the plan includes collaborations with staff including the Westland Police Department, Wayne County, Friends of the Rouge, City of Livonia, City of Garden City, Canton Township and the City of Wayne.

“The adoption of the Walk & Roll Plan, headed by our Planning Director Mohamed Ayoub, will create a new way for residents to enjoy the city without the use of their cars. 

“This furthers our Mission:Green initiative and helps us to improve the city's efforts in a more sustainable environmental future,” said Mayor William R. Wild.