Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Riverview, MI
Bikes: flat bar road bike
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Did anyone attend? Anyone get a sense anything may have been accomplished whether learning or giving input? (I feel like I wasted my time attending a local transportation-related meeting here Downriver a week ago).
I have not ridden a large enough sample size of bike lanes in Detroit and not often enough to be cemented in my memory, but I'm going to take a stab at it, and say that the city of Detroit's roads are paid for mostly by the city of Detroit (at least 60%). The bike lanes I've ridden the most, in order from most to least are: W. Vernor, Michigan Avenue, Belle Isle, W. Lafayette, and W. Grand Blvd.
My main complaint on some bike lanes is that, my feeling, likened to DetroitJim, is that the bike lanes seem to a modest extent at least, more about the numbers, marketing and appeal rather than actual functionality...bike lanes that are more designed for road bicycle/ road tires, are not capable of handling the grit and dirt and other hazards that can collect in that "bike lane". It is not that way for most lanes that I've ridden, but between the dirt and poor road conditions of some roads, I don't think it matters for some of the stretches whether there are bike lanes or not.
Also, there are definitely limitations regarding design and room, but it's largely the case that when there is on-road parking next a bicycle lane, the lanes do not have much, if any buffer at all. That makes it hard to believe Detroit is truly committed to cycling and its infrastructure.