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Road Users

A bicyclist and motorist share the road on rural Michigan road.
Department of Transportation

Road Users

Every year, crashes on Michigan roads cause devastating injuries, deaths, and economic losses. In fact, statistics show that in Michigan a person dies in a traffic crash every 7 hours, 45 minutes. Road safety and traffic-related deaths remains one of the most challenging issues facing Michigan and the United States.

That is why MDOT is committed to improving safety for all road users - motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians - through technology and innovation. 

Bicyclist riding on the shoulder of a rural road.

Bicycling

MDOT is working to create better, safer roads for all users by providing services that supporting bicycling in Michigan.

Bicycling
Children walking through a pedestrian tunnel in Grand Rapids.

Pedestrians

MDOT is working to create better, safer roads for all users by providing services that support walking and pedestrian safety.

Pedestrians
MDOT Statewide Sign crew changing the speed limit sign on US-127 to 75 mph.

Speed Limits

MDOT and the Michigan State Police jointly set speed limits that are based on the 85th percentile speed.

Speed Limits
Cartoon man crying next to his crashed vehicle.

Crash Not Accident

Traffic crashes are fixable problems, caused by inattentive drivers and driver behavior. They are crashes, NOT accidents.

Crash Not Accident
A black vehicle with two occupants driving in an HOV lane indicated with a diamond road marking.

High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes

HOV lanes require two or more occupants inside the vehicle during designated times.

HOV Lanes
Flex Route on US-23 in University Region.

Flex Route

Flex Route technology manages congestion and improves safety for highways that frequently experience traffic congestion.

Flex Route
US-131/M-86 roundabout at Fife Lake in MDOT's North Region.

Roundabouts

Roundabouts are easy to navigate and have been proven to safely decrease traffic delays and congestion.

Roundabouts
Michigan Left Sign in Lansing

Michigan Lefts

Michigan Lefts improve traffic flow and safety for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and truck drivers.

Michigan Lefts
Median Cable Guardrail along I-96 near Grand Rapids.

Cable Median Barrier

Cable median barrier saves lives by preventing vehicles from leaving the road and striking another object.

Cable Median Barrier
Edgeline rumble strips on M-32 in Otsego County.

Rumble Strips

Rumble strips are a low-cost measure used to address one of the most serious types of traffic crashes: a lane departure crash.

Rumble Strips
Six-Inch-Wide pavement markings on I-496 in Lansing.

6-Inch Pavement Markings

6-inch-wide pavement markings improve safety for human and machine-vision drivers. 

6-Inch Pavement Markings
A completed SPUI interchange at US-131 and 44th Street in city of Wyoming, Kent County.

Interchange Types

Different types of interchanges, such as SPUIs and DDIs, increase safety and mobility and reduce crashes.

Interchange Types
US-23 sign in northern lower Michigan.

Road Signs

Road signs provide important information to road users, create order on the roads, and keep people safe.

Road Signs
Traffic signals on US-12/Michigan Ave. in Saline.

Traffic Signals

Traffic signals optimize traffic flow for intersection efficiency and provide consistent rules for all road users.

Traffic Signals
Barrel on the US-10 Clare construction project.

Work Zone Safety

Michigan is serious about the safety of vulnerable workers and motorists, so slow down and give work zones your full attention.

Work Zone Safety
Vehicles driving during winter conditions on I-96 and I-496 in Eaton County.

Winter Safety

Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures all have an effect on how we safely drive during winter conditions.

Winter Safety