Vital Streets are complete streets with green
infrastructure. In 2014, Grand Rapids voters established the Vital Streets fund
to reinvest in the quality of our infrastructure while supporting our community
values of healthy places, a vibrant economy, and safety and access for all.
The Vital Streets Plan has been the work result of the Vital Streets Oversight Commission (VSOC) which was created
to oversee and guide that public investment to deliver quality streets and a
logical transportation system that works for all types of travelers. Over the
past year, the VSOC has worked with a broadly diverse Working Group drawn from
many corners and perspectives of our city to develop the Vital Streets Plan.
This plan articulates our values and establishes metrics to measure outcomes.
It defines a system of street types that reflect local needs and network
functions. Each of the seven street types has a defined set of priority users
to be supported on that street and objectives that support local quality of
life and the vision of the city. Some streets have been overlaid with an
additional emphasis that denotes their special role in providing a high quality
system for all modes of travel.
After much work by the VSOC in developing a Vital Streets Plan, on December 13, 2016, the Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously approved the Vital Streets Plan.