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Woodward Bicycling and Walking Safety Audit

Walking audit completed on April 18, 2019.

Woodward Bicycling and Walking Safety Audit

The Cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge were awarded a $40,000 SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) Planning Assistance grant for a bicycling and walking safety audit on Woodward Avenue. The grant award helps further goals and initiatives of the Strategic Plan, Master Plan, and Ferndale Moves nonmotorized plan. Toole Design was selected after a request for proposals to complete the study and has provided a contractor for professional services.

The intent of the study is to assess current conditions, continue public engagement, and provide detailed design recommendations that allow for flexibility with future transit. The next steps include:

  • Survey (issued March 27 and completed May 31): Thank you for taking the survey. Results are included in the Appendix of the report.
  • Walking Audit: A walking audit of Woodward Avenue with Toole Design and the community to physically walk and assess current conditions. The audit was completed on Thursday, April 18th from 6pm-8pm with Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge residents, Council and Commission members, City staff, and MDOT staff. Findings from the audit are included in the final report.
  • Final Report: The final report was completed in late June and is available for download at this link. A paper copy of the report is on file at City Hall.

Questions can be directed to Planning Manager Justin Lyons at and City Manager Jim Breuckman at

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much local funding will be part of the study? Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge will each contribute $4,000 (a total of $8,000) to the overall $40,00 study project.