Detroit's own bicycle blogger Todd Scott has a piece in the bicycle magazine Momentum
. There's a little history and a lot of why Detroit is a great place for a bicycle. You can pick up hard copies, by the way, at the Wheelhouse
on the Riverfront.
Excerpt from Momentum:
Detroit has the basic ingredients for bike-friendliness. The terrain
is flat and the streets are in well-formed grids. From here, though,
Detroit's path to bike-friendliness doesn't follow the commonly accepted
This is a city with a road network built for nearly two million
residents. It later invested heavily in a well-connected urban
expressway system that pulled vehicles from the main arterials. Then a
million residents left the city to sprawl across the suburbs.
Unlike most other cities where traffic engineers struggle to carve
separated biking areas from busy roads, Detroit's streets have excess
travel lanes. Motown cyclists may not always have their own four-foot
bike lane, but they often have their own 10-foot vehicle lane – or two.
With the same amount of car traffic, a five-lane road in many cities is a
seven- or nine-lane road in Detroit.
Read the entire article here
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