Ypsilanti, MI

Level: silver
Population: 20,648
Population Density: 4,769/sq. mi.
Pedestrian Plan

Ypsilanti is a Silver-level Walk Friendly Community based on its high walking mode share, robust network of sidewalks, and support from decision makers and community organizations.

  • The City’s Non-Motorized Transportation Master Plan, updated in 2021, sets aggressive targets for improving Ypsilanti roadways for people traveling by foot and bike, with a goal of having 40 percent of trips taken by non-motorized modes.
  • 95 percent of Ypsilanti residents live within a five-minute walk from a transit stop and a ten-minute walk from a park.
  • The City’s Capital Improvements Plan devotes resources to several projects that will further enhance the City’s infrastructure and improve safety and comfort for those traveling on foot.
  • Excellent collaboration across City departments has been a key to Ypsilanti’s success, which also owes a great deal to support from its Mayor, City Council and other leaders.
  • To improve safety at crossing locations, the City has deployed Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons and Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons. They routinely use design improvements like curb extensions, median islands, and similar measures.
  • Supporting walking initiatives in Ypsilanti are community and resident-led organizations like the City’s Non-Motorized Advisory Committee and Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition, which help support and motivate the City in its efforts to improve walkability and pedestrian safety.