Great Lakes - Metro Detroit (aka Downriver) completing trail link.
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02-21-11, 07:00 AM
I know this area is known as the Motor-City, but I think some people might be starting to come around. It was just announced that federal funding has been secured to complete a 4 mile linkage (with bridge) between all the Metroparks. This will be a complete 50 mile bike / pedestrian route. I've ridden a good part of this path and really enjoy the scenery.
Detroit Free Press Story (http://www.freep.com/article/20110221/NEWS05/102210341/Near-Flat-Rock-help-bridge-nowhere?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p)
02-21-11, 03:55 PM
Reading some of the comments on the Free Press website, it seems like the population of greater Detroit isn't nearly as enthusiastic. That said, if I had something like that in the area that I live in I'd be all about it.
02-22-11, 01:20 PM
Unfortunately, you get a lot of trolling on the Free Press site. A lot of the comments were removed by the Freep staff. A good part of Michigan is still stuck in the "anything other than an American auto is bad" mindset, but some are coming around.
02-23-11, 05:53 AM
"It is time to channel that spirit to develop a blueprint for our future and reestablish Detroit as the world’s most innovative city... A city built for the automobile that finally grew to embrace bicycles, greenways and better public transit."
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing during last night's State of the City address (http://www.m-bike.org/blog/2011/02/22/detroit-mayor-bing-a-city-that-embraces-bicycles-and-greenways).
03-02-11, 04:39 AM
This is great - I've used those Downriver parks quite a bit, and that link is always the missing step in a trip to Lake Erie.
Next step: extension to Belleville, Ypsi, and Ann Arbor!
Third step (I hope!): Kensington Metropark and Stony Creek Metropark. We should have a SEM bikeway, looping Gibraltar, Macomb, Rochester Hills, Brighton, Dexter, and back to Belleville and Gibraltar. A city circle 200k.
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