Skinny sidewalk, strange sign
The city recently adopted a comprehensive Non-Motorized Transportation Plan that promotes pedestrian-oriented design. It may lead the city to encourage developers to provide better pedestrian amenities on private property.
Q: On the east side of South Main Street just south of the Scio Church intersection and just north of the Busch's corner at Ann Arbor Saline Road there is a yellow diamond-shaped road sign that says:
Any idea on what this means, and why the city needed to put a sign there? It's bothered me for years.
A: The sign is on the property of an Ann Arbor couple who were amused to see a similar sign when they visited the Berkshires. The State of Massachusetts posts these signs to indicate areas where houses or other buildings are, on average, less than 200 feet apart. A Massachusetts friend gave the couple this one as a fiftieth anniversary present.
[Originally published in June, 2009.]