Quality streets and effective transportation networks are critical to the health, safety, enjoyment, and economic strength of the Grand Rapids community and the preservation of the Grand River watershed. The Vital Streets Plan, which was adopted in December 2016, promotes consistency and provides a framework to use best practices in project-based decisionmaking. By establishing this Plan, the City aspires to ensure that Vital Streets projects serve the City’s overall vision and deliver a complete and viable network that sustains Grand Rapids over time. The plan establishes a street typology that unites street design with local land use context; defines an integrated, multimodal network; provides guidance in street design; presents a methodology for facility selection amid competing demands; and provides a way to measure performance and evaluate outcomes.

Grand Rapids Vital Streets Plan (PDF)