Ann Arbor School Executive to Oversee Pedestrian Safety

Reid Alper's picture

Not only at the University of Michigan, but at public schools around Ann Arbor, there are issues regarding the safety of pedestrians. Some believe the problem stems from the belief by pedestrians that they are entitled to cross the road wherever they want, and it is extremely dangerous. Pedestrians need to be more careful, and only cross the street when they are at a crosswalk and the coast is clear. Many pedestrians cross streets when and where they are not supposed to, and this causes a lot more traffic and increases danger.

NASA, Uber and Flying Taxis

Samantha Light's picture

NASA just contracted Uber to start building flying taxis that could change the transportation system for years to come. NASA hopes to build a network of flying taxis that can go up to 200 miles per hour and eliminate ground traffic for those of us on the ground. This goal is hoping to be completed by 2023, which is relatively soon and can provide a lot of benefits. I think it is an interesting topic to discuss because I couldn't really think of any negatives if this were to happen besides from expense and technical difficulties that might occur. 

Should the U of M follow USC's system of free Lyft rides?

Glen Stegman's picture

Uber and Lyft are both easy and convenient ways for students to get around campus, but students often decide to turn to public forms of transportation because of the cost associated with these rideshare apps. Public transportation at the University of Michigan is free for all students, however, it is not the most ideal way for students to get around. Students often have to walk certain distances to get to one of the locations where the public transportation picks them up.

Autonomous Vehicles

Rahul Ahluwalia's picture

The auto industry has a large presence in the state of Michigan and heavily impacts the state of the economy. Recently, Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors, said that the next five years in the auto industry are going to be like none other. Recently, MCity launched “two driverless shuttles on the University of Michigan’s North Campus”, which would transport 15 passengers on campus roadways. With increasing technological innovation, the possibility of autonomous and electric vehicles seems more and more likely.

Problems with Pedestrians

Maxwell Bruch's picture

Walking on campus to get from place to place is a very common mode of transportation for students at the University of Michigan. Important attractions on campus happen to be in walking distance, making life much easier for a lot of students. However, some problems do arise because of the immense number of pedestrians we have. Driving can be very difficult in Ann Arbor. This is because people are constantly walking everywhere. They cross streets when they are not supposed to, making cars stop which causes traffic. This is very frustrating for drivers.

Michigan Infrastructure

Ben Wellek's picture

Much like the rest of the U.S., the state of Michigan has an infrastructure epidemic. As a northern state, Michigan’s notoriously cold weather creates unsafe conditions. Whether it’s something as small as a street pothole or as large as a bridge malfunction, the weather and continuous use beat down on our infrastructure. Unfortunately, we can’t change the weather. Thus, in order to create a safer Michigan, the government must put our tax dollars to work by constant updates, improvements, and additions to our bridges, roads, dams etc.

Is public transportation the future?

Edward Cohen's picture

We spend a lot of time talking about electric and driverless cars as the "future" of transportation in our country. But I believe the future will not be made up of more advanced and high tech individual vehicles, instead public transportation will be more prominent. In 2014 people in the United States spent an average of 42 hours sitting in traffic per year. In more populated cities like Washington DC, that number doubled (82 hours).

Michigan Driving Curfew

Aaron Carpenter's picture
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Potholes In Michigan

Brandon Zenisek's picture
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Ann Arbor School Executive to Oversee Pedestrian Safety

Reid Alper's picture

Not only at the University of Michigan, but at public schools around Ann Arbor, there are issues regarding the safety of pedestrians. Some believe the problem stems from the belief by pedestrians that they are entitled to cross the road wherever they want, and it is extremely dangerous. Pedestrians need to be more careful, and only cross the street when they are at a crosswalk and the coast is clear. Many pedestrians cross streets when and where they are not supposed to, and this causes a lot more traffic and increases danger.

NASA, Uber and Flying Taxis

Samantha Light's picture

NASA just contracted Uber to start building flying taxis that could change the transportation system for years to come. NASA hopes to build a network of flying taxis that can go up to 200 miles per hour and eliminate ground traffic for those of us on the ground. This goal is hoping to be completed by 2023, which is relatively soon and can provide a lot of benefits. I think it is an interesting topic to discuss because I couldn't really think of any negatives if this were to happen besides from expense and technical difficulties that might occur. 

Should the U of M follow USC's system of free Lyft rides?

Glen Stegman's picture

Uber and Lyft are both easy and convenient ways for students to get around campus, but students often decide to turn to public forms of transportation because of the cost associated with these rideshare apps. Public transportation at the University of Michigan is free for all students, however, it is not the most ideal way for students to get around. Students often have to walk certain distances to get to one of the locations where the public transportation picks them up.

Autonomous Vehicles

Rahul Ahluwalia's picture

The auto industry has a large presence in the state of Michigan and heavily impacts the state of the economy. Recently, Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors, said that the next five years in the auto industry are going to be like none other. Recently, MCity launched “two driverless shuttles on the University of Michigan’s North Campus”, which would transport 15 passengers on campus roadways. With increasing technological innovation, the possibility of autonomous and electric vehicles seems more and more likely.

Problems with Pedestrians

Maxwell Bruch's picture

Walking on campus to get from place to place is a very common mode of transportation for students at the University of Michigan. Important attractions on campus happen to be in walking distance, making life much easier for a lot of students. However, some problems do arise because of the immense number of pedestrians we have. Driving can be very difficult in Ann Arbor. This is because people are constantly walking everywhere. They cross streets when they are not supposed to, making cars stop which causes traffic. This is very frustrating for drivers.

Michigan Infrastructure

Ben Wellek's picture

Much like the rest of the U.S., the state of Michigan has an infrastructure epidemic. As a northern state, Michigan’s notoriously cold weather creates unsafe conditions. Whether it’s something as small as a street pothole or as large as a bridge malfunction, the weather and continuous use beat down on our infrastructure. Unfortunately, we can’t change the weather. Thus, in order to create a safer Michigan, the government must put our tax dollars to work by constant updates, improvements, and additions to our bridges, roads, dams etc.

Is public transportation the future?

Edward Cohen's picture

We spend a lot of time talking about electric and driverless cars as the "future" of transportation in our country. But I believe the future will not be made up of more advanced and high tech individual vehicles, instead public transportation will be more prominent. In 2014 people in the United States spent an average of 42 hours sitting in traffic per year. In more populated cities like Washington DC, that number doubled (82 hours).

Electric or gas powered cars?

Maxwell Bruch's picture

I find this topic very interesting. There are many pros and cons of purchasing an electric car. Electric cars can be cheaper to operate in the long run. You will have to pay a higher price for an electric car compared to its gas powered counterpart, but without having to pay for gas this can will make the vehicle less expensive in the long run. Furthermore, electric cars do not have nearly as much of an impact on the environment. Carbon dioxide emissions pose a serious threat to our environment as they lead to global warming. Purchasing an electric car, will reduce these emissions.

General Motors

Ben Padover's picture

General Motors a Michigan based company has declared “war” on Canadian workers. They are threatening the move their production to Mexico. Jerry Dias the president of the Canadian Union and his fellow co-worker went on strike on September 17th. The strike was to try and force GM make their plant the main producer of the Chevrolet Equinox and job security. Dias believes that this is a heartless move because they have been dedicated workers for GM for so many years.

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Michigan Driving Curfew

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Potholes In Michigan

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Transportation in rural areas

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Transportation in rural areas

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Fixing Michigan Roads

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The Issues with Potholes in Michigan

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Ben Wellek and Glen Stegman's Proposal on Ride Sharing

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Self Driving Cars Informational Article

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