pedestrian safety

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- Motorists who drive on South Westnedge in the Vine neighborhood have probably noticed the bright crosswalk signs in the road at the intersection with Ranney Street. The new signs, installed at 10 crosswalks throughout Southwest Michigan, are part of a joint research project by the Michigan Department of Transportation and Western Michigan University." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Officials at Western Michigan University say the work of an institute for studying transportation will be to improve people’s quality of life by giving them more options for how to get around.

The new Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities or TRCLC is one of 33 centers around the country created with grant money from the US Department of Transportation. The TRCLC will have about a $3 million budget to work with annually.