Mobility For All Michigan is a coalition of mobility advocates working for a transportation system that moves people safely and efficiently, regardless of how they choose to travel. We've joined together to urge Michigan lawmakers to take all transportation users and needs into account when they make their decision this fall on transportation funding.
Transit and mobility choices are a necessity for people with disabilities, seniors who no longer drive and people who cannot afford a personal vehicle. They provide freedom for all.
Transit and mobility also promote economic development. Amazon cited the lack of a well-designed transit system as a major reason for rejecting Detroit as an HQ2 candidate. Millennials and Generation Z are deferring getting a driver’s license and purchasing a vehicle until later in life, if at all, and they consistently choose places to live with a better multimodal transportation network.
It is more important than ever for the state to invest in mobility systems, not just pavement, that make Michigan a more attractive place to live, work, and play for all people.
Any solution to fix our transportation system must be made up of sustainable new revenue. Any one-time gimmicks, tax shifts, or large bonding measures by themselves are not sufficient to solve the problems caused by 50 years of disinvestment.
Any solution must include incentives and policies for Complete Streets. Michigan’s funding source needs to support all modes of travel, including cars, buses, bikes, and scooters. Building a multimodal system is crucial for talent attraction and to make our cities more sustainable.
Any solution must incentivize right-sizing of our overbuilt system. There is no way to expand a road out of congestion. Instead, we need to build efficient systems for getting around the state, regardless of mode. A fix-it first policy should prioritize maintenance over building new vehicle lanes. We should also reduce vehicle lanes when appropriate and build multi-modal infrastructure to make the entire system more efficient.
Any solution must account for new mobility and the needs of cities and citizens to adapt to a future with more electric, connected and autonomous vehicles on the road. Urban planning must address needs for charging EVs, for micromobility, and for autonomous vehicles within cities -- including potential redesigns to increase pedestrian areas and decrease parking in certain areas. New connected infrastructure must detect pedestrians and bicycles to ensure safety and efficiency.