Ann Arbor Crosswalk Law http://wemu.org en Ann Arbor Mayor Officially Files Veto of Changes to Crosswalk Law http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayor-officially-files-veto-changes-crosswalk-law <p>Motorists in Ann Arbor still need to stop for pedestrians waiting at the curb at a crosswalk.&nbsp; Mayor John Hieftje yesterday formally vetoed an ordinance amendment passed by council last week to only require drivers to stop for pedestrians already in the crosswalk.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hieftje says Ann Arbor's current law is safer for pedestrians than the state traffic code and laws in other Michigan cities.&nbsp; </span>Hieftje<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he looks forward to other measures to increase pedestrian safety.&nbsp; These will include increased education, and enforcement of the crosswalk law.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Council would need eight votes to override the veto, but only six members voted in favor of the ordinance amendment.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:47:17 +0000 Andrew Cluley 38784 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayor Officially Files Veto of Changes to Crosswalk Law Ann Arbor Mayor to Veto Changes to Crosswalk Law http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayor-veto-changes-crosswalk-law <p><a href="http://www.a2gov.org/government/publicservices/systems_planning/Transportation/Documents/Pedestrian_Ordinance_Update_122011.docx">Ann Arbor's crosswalk law </a>won't be changing despite city council approving an ordinance amendment.&nbsp;</p><p>That's because last night immediately after the 6 to 4 vote, Mayor John Hieftje announced he will veto the change.&nbsp; Ann Arbor's law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians on the curb at a crosswalk as opposed to the state traffic code which requires vehicles to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Opponents of Ann Arbor's law would prefer to u<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">se the&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21.988636016845703px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/OffenseCode_73877_7.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Michigan Traffic Code</a></strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">&nbsp;instead.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">The difference is whether motorists have to stop for pedestrians still on the sidewalk but at a crosswalk as current law requires, or only having to yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk.</p><p>City Council member Stephen Kunselman says the veto means the poorly crafted and implemented law remains in place.</p><p>However, nearly 40 people spoke in favor of keeping the law during a public hearing.&nbsp; Community members said more motorists are starting to stop for pedestrians and with better enforcement and education pedestrian safety could be further improved.&nbsp;</p><p>Mayor Hiefjte&nbsp;believes the <a href="http://media.mlive.com/annarbornews_impact/other/Pedestrian-Crash-Analysis-112713.pdf">data</a> doesn't show changing the law will help pedestrians.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:47:39 +0000 Andrew Cluley 38478 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayor to Veto Changes to Crosswalk Law