Since 2007, the Detroit Greenways Coalition and its member organizations have led the effort to make Detroit a more bike friendly and more walkable community.

Detroit Greenways Network Vision 2009We bring a citywide and regional vision for GREENWAYS ensuring we have a well-connected and consistent network of trails and pathways. We lead on some larger projects, such as the Joe Louis Greenway, while assisting on others such as the Dequindre Cut. We also provide the technical resources to help smaller projects get started. We write grants and help the city find the necessary funding to bring these plans to reality. We are committed to ensuring all Detroit communities are engaged and involved in these efforts.

This citywide work includes:

  • non-motorized planning and grant writing
  • Complete Streets implementation
  • bike lanes, included new separated/protected bike lanes
  • off-road pathways, including abandoned rail-to-trail conversions and land/easement acquisition
  • bicycle wayfinding systems
  • public bike sharing
  • bike parking and repair stations
  • automated bike and pedestrian counting systems
  • Google Map updates for all new bike lanes and trails
  • bicycle routes with a statewide, national, and international focus, including the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route, US Bicycle Route System, and the Michigan Showcase Trail

Ron Scott and Bike Riders UnitedWe’ve been at the forefront on POLICY ISSUES. From city hall to Washington DC, we have a strong working relationship with elected officials and government staff. We’re the primary, consistent voice in Detroit asking for improved bicycling and walking policy.

  • In partnership with the Bike Riders United, we asked Detroit City Council to remove the city’s mandatory bicycle license ordinance, which they did.
  • In 2008 we brought the city’s non-motorized master plan before Council with Giffels-Webster Engineering and got it approved. We then work with Council and city staff to begin its implementation.
  • We worked with the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance to successfully advocate for MDOT policy change that allowed bike lanes on Michigan Avenue in Corktown.
  • We worked with Adventure Cycling to add three U.S. Bicycle Routes into Detroit when the national initial plan had zero.
  • We worked with Riverside Kayaks to change a city ordinance making it easier to launch kayaks and canoes from city parks.
  • We wrote a resolution in support of allowing bicycles and pedestrians on the new bridge to Canada, which Council passed.
  • Todd Scott and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHoodWe were the only organization to speak before Council in support of modernizing Detroit’s ordinances for biking and bike lanes.
  • We are a member of the Michigan Complete Streets Coalition and have travelled to Lansing to advocate for the statewide Complete Streets state laws.
  • We are helping lead efforts to create and pass a Complete Streets ordinance in the city of Detroit.
  • We are the biking and walking voice on the Citizens Advisory Council for the Regional Transit Authority, ensuring that all transportation modes work together.
  • We continue to advocate at the state and federal levels for transportation policy and funding that treats bicyclists and pedestrians fairly.

We are committed to bringing greater SAFETY AND EDUCATION to Detroit bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and law enforcement. We have been involved in community engagement and awareness activities since the Coalition began. We’ve partnered with groups such as the Michigan AARP to host workshops on Complete Streets. We’ve help spread the word on public hearings and meetings to get the community more involved in biking and trail issues. We are now working on multiple projects now to expand on what the Michigan Department of Transportation has recently done with respect to bike lane safety.


  1. Congratulations on all your successes in Detroit and the much deserved publicity Detroit bike advocates are getting these days! Really looking forward to riding in the protected bike lanes there, which, if I’m not mistaken, are the first in Michigan, are they not?

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