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City of Bronson part of MDOT's new walkability study

BRONSON, MI (WTVB) - The City of Bronson is one of six communities chosen for a Michigan Department of Transportation Walkability Review. The MDOT review will be in September and include a consultant from a Chicago firm specializing in improving pedestrian safety and mobility. The review is intended to evaluate pedestrian conditions in Bronson and recommend solutions for improvement. City Manager Mark Heydlauff says they have made some pedestrian-friendly improvements in the last few years with the addition of sidewalks along US 12 and Wayne Street. He says they’re looking for this review to show them more ways they can make Bronson more walking and jogging friendly. MDOT says the review should show how walkability impacts all roadway users of all ages and abilities including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists.

Betty Rissman, chairperson of Bronson’s Planning Commission, says they look forward to hearing the MDOT suggestions to make it easier for people to go out walking. The Walkability Review communities are selected through an application process.