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Top Bike/Trail Projects for 2019

Detroit bike and trail progress is moving at a pace we never could have imagined when we started over a decade again. Back then we celebrated sharrows. Now Motown has leapfrogged other US cities to become a leader in building non-motorized infrastructure.

This doesn’t appear to be slowing down in 2019 and we’ve picked out a number of projects that illustrate this progress.

Detroit RiverWalk

It’s exciting every time a new piece of the RiverWalk puzzle is completed and a gap is closed. Soon the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy will have more construction ongoing that ever before.

  • Atwater Beach near Jos Campau is under construction now and is expected to be opened in September. This is going to be a very unique and popular gathering place along the Riverfront with its bridge and sandy beach (but no water access.)
  • The groundbreaking for the Uniroyal site should occur this year. This is the major gap between Mt. Elliott Park, Gabriel Richard Park, and the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle.
  • The city of Detroit expects the Jos Campau Greenway will be under construction this year. This will provide access from the RiverWalk to E. Vernor along Jos Campau Avenue and on the existing public pathway. A pathway between Larned and E. Jefferson will be added as well.
  • On the West Riverfront, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park received $50 million in October, $40 million of which is for construction. While work continues on the park, it is not scheduled to be open until Fall 2022.
  • The Riverfront Connector between the Joe Louis Arena and Centennial Park was recommended for a $3 million Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant. Additional funding is required to build this trail segment along the river.
  • Planning continues on the May Creek Greenway between Centennial park and Roosevelt Park. This should get quite interesting with Ford Motor Company renovating the train station and now owning some of the property required for the trail. Their community benefits agreement includes verbal support for the greenway.
  • Last but not least, the city of Detroit said they would be repaving W. Jefferson between Centennial Park and Riverside Park. This would be a major park connector. Currently the road appears war torn. This could be the most underrated project on this list.
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News from the Trail – June 2017

Happy National Trails Day!

Bike to Work Day

Thanks to all who participated in Detroit’s largest ever Bike to Work Day event. Special thanks also to our title sponsor Henry Ford LiveWell who helped make the event a success. Henry Ford Health System also had the most employees register for the event, followed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and the City of Detroit. Look for an even bigger event in 2018.

Highland Park Grants

We’ve recently received two grants to help build trails and bike lanes in the city of Highland Park.

The first is from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Fund for Design and Access, which is administered through the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. This grant is for the development of bike lanes on all of Hamilton Avenue within Highland Park.

The second is from the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund administered by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. This grant is to support the development of the Inner Circle Greenway through Highland Park.

We’re excited to get started on both projects. We’re also discussing a number of partnerships with others that can further enhance these efforts.

Quick Updates

  • Thanks DALMAC for a $2,000 grant towards the new Detroit Bike and Trail Map we’re creating. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
  • Congratulations MoGo, Detroit’s first public bike share program for having over 4,000 rides during the first week.
  • The Detroit Planning Department’s Detroit Rides web site and social media have launched. We’ve been helping with the content through the Detroit Bike and Pedestrian Safety and Education task force.
  • Cass Avenue protected bike lanes will be installed this summer after the road is repaved. A correction from our May update — the city of Detroit is paying for this project rather than MDOT.
  • Warren Avenue protected bike lanes from Trumbull to Russell will be under construction this year as well. This will be the first two-way cycletrack in Michigan. It’ll also have it’s own traffic signal heads.
  • Have you seen our new embroidered patch? We sold them at the recent Coupe Day Event over Memorial Weekend and will have them at future events as well.

Upcoming Events
W Vernor Planning Mtgs
Saturday, June 3rd

Planning for neighborhoods along W. Vernor. 10am or 3pm meeting times.
More details

Come Together for
Back Alley Bikes

June 7th at 7pm

Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with our friends at Back Alley Bikes.
Event Registration

 

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News from the Trail – May 2017

 

May is National Bike Month and there’s no shortage of bike-related events and updates in Detroit. Here are some of the highlights

Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day is a nationally-recognized event on the third Friday of May that encourages people to ride their bike to work. Detroit’s 12th annual event is scheduled for May 19th.  We proud to announce that Henry Ford Health LiveWell is our returning title sponsor.

The main meetup location will be held near the Spirit of Detroit statue at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center from 7AM to 9AM. There will also be pit stops at Wayne State University (Old Main on Cass) and New Center Park.

This year we will provide special giveaways to the first 200 registered participants.

Visit our web site for more event information and to register for free.

MoGo Bike Share

Detroit’s first public bike sharing system is launching this month as a program of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. There will be 43 stations and 430 bikes across the Greater Downtown area. Information on how it works, pricing and more is available on their web site.

We played an early role in helping build support among area stakeholders, assisting with the feasibility study, and helping get the city on board. We’re now serving on their Advisory Committee.

We expect MoGo to get more Detroiters on bikes — as it has done in other cities with similar systems — which will increase the demand for more and better greenways.

Woodward Streetcar Ordinance

An ordinance was introduced in City Council relating to the operations of the QLine, the new streetcar on Woodward.

The initial ordinance language raised a couple primary concerns for Woodward bicyclists. As written, it was open to broad, yet unintended interpretation that could lead to misdeanor tickets for those riding safely on Woodward.

We met with MDOT, M1 Rail, and Council member Scott Benson’s office to review the language and address these concerns. Council member Benson was able to get positive changes made to the ordinance language.

Even still, bicycling on Woodward where the street car rails are near the curb is a challenge. If you chose to ride here, please be extra careful. MDOT is funding new protected bike lanes on Cass Avenue from Lafayette to W. Grand Boulevard as a preferred alternative. Those should be completed this summer.

We’ve written more about this ordinance update on our web site.

Upcoming Events
Wayne County Parks
May 10th 6:30pm
Butzel Family Center

A public workshop to update the strategic plans for county parks.
More Details

I-375 MDOT Open House
May 17th 5:30pm
Eastern Market, Shed 5

A meeting to discuss next steps for alternatives to existing I-375 configuration
More Details

Bike to Work Day
Friday May 19th 7am-9am

Free Registration

 

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News from the Trail – March 2017

 

We’re on the Bridge

We can now share the official news: bicycles and pedestrians will be allowed on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge between Detroit and Windsor.

This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new trail between the two countries. It took years of being a persistent voice, working with various US and Canadian officials, organizing bike tourism support from Montreal to Montana, and even creating an international greenway map. We’re looking forward to riding and hiking the bridge when it opens in 2022.

Riverfront East

If you were unable to attend the recent Detroit Riverfront East Planning meeting, you missed quite a bit. The City of Detroit, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation made some major announcements, including new RiverWalk segments (UniRoyal too!), the Beltline Greenway, the new Campau Greenway, and bike lanes along E. Jefferson. We believe there is an opportunity to incorporate designs from our 50-year vision into these announced projects. The exciting details are on yourdetroiteastriverfront.org.

Detroit Bike Share

Detroit Bike Share is hiring Neighborhood Ambassadors. Job submissions are due March 17th. Additional details on Ambassador position, expections, pay, and more on are available in this document. The bike share operator, Shift Transit is also hiring Launch Associates and Bicycle Mechanics.

Upcoming Events
Annual Garage Sale
March 11th 3-6p
Back Alley Bikes used bike sale helps fund their youth bicycle programing.
Additional DetailsDetroit Bike Share Mtg
March 14th 6pm
A free community meeting to discuss equitable access and bike share.
Registration

Greater Islandview & Villages Planning Mtgs
March 14, 21 & 23 6-8p

Discuss biking, walking, the Beltline Greenway & more.
Additional Details

DGC Volunteer Cleanup
April 8th 8am to noon
We’re partnering with the city to cleanup St. Aubin. More details to follow.

Bike to Work Day
May 19th
Mark your calendars. Details to come!

 

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News from the Trail – February 2017

 

Hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to enjoy this odd spring-like weather. We’ve seen many of you out biking and walking.

“Get your town on the ‘great bike cities’ list”

The national People for Bikes industry group is asking people from around the country to provide feedback about bicycling in their city. The online survey is fairly simple. The results will be part of a new bicycle friendliness rating. From a Detroit perspective, we’re not sure it’ll be any more or less accurate than the Bicycle Friendly Community program, but we’re still encouraging people to take the survey — and you might win a bike.

Detroit Bike Share

With the public system getting closer to launching this spring, Detroit Bike Share is looking to hire people for their Neighborhood Ambassadors Program – a diverse group of community leaders who will advocate for the system, encourage safe cycling practices, and introduce bike share to their neighbors. Please share this with anyone who might be interested.

Upcoming Events

There are some exciting events listed to the right. Unfortunately the Riverfront meeting and Khan lecture overlap. Both will be great.

There will also be meetings in mid-March for the Greater Islandview Planning process. This includes planning for the Beltline Greenway and more. We’ll be sure to share those dates once they are announced.

Reoccuring Donations

After a great deal of discussion, the Coalition decided to switch from an individual membership model to a donation model. That doesn’t change the fact that we greatly rely on this funding to keep operating. One additional change is we now support reoccurring payments on either a monthly or annual basis. We hope this added flexibility makes donating more convenient.

Upcoming Events
A Huge Announcement
March 1st
We’re sworn to secrecy until then but it’s something we’ve been working on for years.Janette Sadik-Khan
March 1st 5:30pm
Dynamic former NYC Transportation Commissioner speaks at UDM. Free event.
More Details

East Riverfront Mtg
March 1st 6pm
Get the latest on the East Riverfront Framework Plan
Registration

Bike to Work Day
May 19th
Mark your calendars. Details to come!