SEMCOG provides direct services to members wishing to get the most out of their membership dues. These services, resources, and information are aimed at helping members improve the quality of life in their communities:

  • Funding programs, including CMAQ and TAP
  • Bicycle and pedestrian trails and paths
  • Green infrastructure
  • Habitat restoration and phragmites
  • Stormwater Phase II compliance
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Placemaking

SEMCOG staff can also work directly with member communities on issues relating to transportation corridors or intersections:

  • Road Safety Audits – Improve the safety and performance of key community corridors
  • Access Management – Improve traffic flow, increase safety, and enhance corridor aesthetics
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Assessments – Improve safety, physical fitness, and social interaction
  • Housing/Neighborhood Assessments – Assess and develop strategies to maintain and improve strong, vibrant neighborhoods and housing stock
  • Eye-Catching Commercial Areas – Increase economic development opportunities and revitalize downtowns
  • Green Infrastructure Assessments – preserve and restore water quality through low impact development techniques

Access Management

SEMCOG can provide resources and technical assistance to help communities explore the use of access management techniques.

  • Sample ordinances from Southeast Michigan communities
  • Pertinent data:
    • Crashes
    • Traffic volumes
    • Other road data
    • Other community data
  • Information on creating more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly communities
  • Information on protecting water resources

Contact us to discuss your access management needs and opportunities to implement these techniques.

Examples of access management studies in Southeast Michigan

Rochester Road Access Management Study
Gratiot Avenue Access Management Study (pdf, 10.5MB)
Ford Road Access Management Study
US-24/Telegraph Road Access Management Plan, Monroe County
Washtenaw County Access Management Plan

Additional information

Federal Highway Administration
Michigan Department of Transportation
MDOT Access Management Guidebook (pdf, 8.3MB)

Access Management Ordinances

Several communities in Southeast Michigan have adopted access management ordinances to assist in reducing traffic congestion, improving traffic safety, and enhancing community livability.

SEMCOG has developed a document that summarizes the community ordinances listed above (pdf, 126KB).

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Assessments and Technical Assistance

SEMCOG bicycle and pedestrian safety experts can help assist your community in a variety of activities that promote bicycle and pedestrian travel.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Assessments

A bicycle and pedestrian safety assessment is a tool to make communities more attractive to all transportation users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, automobile drivers, and transit riders. An assessment can help improve transportation efficiency and create whole, healthy, and sustainable communities. It can also help improve safety, physical fitness, and social interaction.

A bicycle and pedestrian safety assessment reviews walking and biking conditions along specified streets and is conducted with a diverse group of community members, including:

  • city planners and engineers,
  • road and transit operators,
  • local elected officials,
  • residents,
  • emergency responders, and
  • developers and business owners.

Recommendations address bicycle and pedestrian issues such as:

  • location and quality of sidewalks and crosswalks,
  • street furniture,
  • streetscape design,
  • bikeways (multi-use trails and road facilities),
  • bike racks and lockers,
  • education and enforcement opportunities,
  • signage,
  • signalization, and
  • intersection design.

Often, low-cost improvements can have a large impact on the safety and use of walking and biking.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Technical Assistance

SEMCOG also has a variety of tools and databases to assist your community in its own bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts. SEMCOG staff can provide guidance on bicycle and pedestrian circulation plans, safe routes to school projects, crash analysis, or other important issues.

For more information on Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel, please contact Brian Pawlik at SEMCOG.

Road Safety Audits

SEMCOG is working to reduce roadway crashes by conducting road safety audits in member communities to improve the safety and performance of community corridors.

The toll from highway crashes remains an important health and economic issue in the United States. Each year nearly 43,000 individuals are killed and three million are injured. The estimated societal cost of these crashes is more than $230 billion annually. Road Safety Audits (RSAs) are an effective tool for improving safety performance via low-cost improvements.

What is a road safety audit?

A Road Safety Audit (RSA) is a formal safety performance examination of an existing or planned road or intersection by an independent audit team. Road safety audits can be used in any phase of project development from planning and preliminary engineering, to design, to construction. They can also be used to retrofit existing locations.

The goal of an RSA is to answer these following questions:

  • What elements of the road may present a safety concern: to what extent, to which road users, and under what circumstances?
  • What opportunities exist to eliminate or mitigate identified safety concerns?

RSAs are:

  • Focused on road safety.
  • A formal examination.
  • Conducted by an independent, qualified, and multidisciplinary team (more than one auditor).
  • Broad enough to consider the safety of all road users and road facilities.

What are the benefits of a road safety audit program?

  • May reduce the number and severity of crashes through engineering and enforcement recommendations.
  • May reduce costs by identifying safety issues and correcting them before road projects are built or modified.
  • Promote awareness of safe design practices.
  • Integrate multimodal safety concerns.
  • Consider human factors in all facets of road design and maintenance.

Conducting a road safety audit - Eight Steps of an RSA

  1. Identify project or existing road for RSA.
  2. Select multi-disciplinary RSA team.
  3. Conduct start-up meeting to exchange information.
  4. Perform field reviews under various conditions.
  5. Conduct RSA analysis and prepare report of findings.
  6. Present RSA findings to project owner/design team.
  7. Project owner/design team prepares formal responses.
  8. Implement findings as appropriate.

Implementing the results of a road safety audit

For new road projects, RSA recommendations should be implemented as appropriate during planning, design, or construction phases. For existing road projects, recommendations can be implemented during planned rehabilitation or maintenance projects (e.g., when the road is resurfaced or widened). Proactive strategies, such as changing signal timing, can be implemented independently as funding permits.

How SEMCOG can help

SEMCOG's resources and technical assistance can help member communities with road safety audit techniques:

  • Pertinent data
    • Traffic crashes
    • Traffic volumes
    • Other road data
    • Other community data
  • Information on creating more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly communities
  • Information on access management

Where can I get more information on road safety audits?

U.S Department of Transportation – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Road Safety Audits Overview
Road Safety Audit Guidelines

Source:
U.S Department of Transportation – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). What is a Road Safety Audit?

Developing Regional Solutions
SEMCOG is a regional planning partnership of governmental units serving 4.7 million people in the seven-county region of Southeast Michigan striving to enhance the region's quality of life.