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    Warren Mi: Bike/hike path on VanDyke

    http://tinyurl.com/warren-bike-path
    As a cyclist that travels around 8 Mile and VanDyke I cannot imagine why anyone would plan such a perilous route(On VanDyke) .

    Clearly those choosing the proposed area to be used for the pathway are not physically active, and thusly will not be utilizing it.
    It makes infinitely more sense to make the pathway on the first block east..
    Those traveling northbound on VanDyke crossing at 8 Mile would be directed east on Rivard ,then north on Ascension until its end at Toepfer.
    A short jog west to Automobile ave continuing north until Stephens.
    (Centerline could easily extend the route to 10Mile from there)
    route warren.png
    Reducing traffic on Ascension and Automobile can be accomplished easily by installing simple landscaped barricades that span nearly (to allow drainage)from curb to curb with a 6 foot opening in the middle.
    The barricades should be constructed at the rear property lines of the east-west streets that intersect Ascension and Automobile,every three or four blocks.

    Between 8 Mile and Stephens there are 26 side streets intersections on the east side of VanDyke. In that same distance (on the east side of VD) there are 24 driveways that are associated with businesses. That's double the number of the path crossings that a user must contend with versus an Ascension/Automobile route.

    On the west side of VD ,27 side streets and 34 driveways!!!

    It seems likely that the lane(s) confiscated on VanDyke for the bike/jog path will be returned for vehicular use after surveys/polls show that no one is using it.
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    I'm a bit further east. While having the 275 bike path is convenient, biking next to a freeway kind of stinks.
    Makes a nice connector between better places though (Hines Dr, MetroParks to the south). And the Lower Rouge Trail is nice when it's not wet, icey, or buggy. http://www.canton-mi.org/DocumentCenter/View/1409

    I would think biking on Van **** would be pretty awful. I'm rarely up that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by detroitjim View Post
    Funding approved for hike/bike path along Van **** from Detroit into Warren
    As a cyclist that travels around 8 Mile and VanDyke I cannot imagine why anyone would plan such a perilous route(On VanDyke) .

    Clearly those choosing the proposed area to be used for the pathway are not physically active, and thusly will not be utilizing it.
    It makes infinitely more sense to make the pathway on the first block east..
    Those traveling northbound on VanDyke crossing at 8 Mile would be directed east on Rivard ,then north on Ascension until its end at Toepfer.
    A short jog west to Automobile ave continuing north until Stephens.
    (Centerline could easily extend the route to 10Mile from there)
    route warren.png
    Reducing traffic on Ascension and Automobile can be accomplished easily by installing simple landscaped barricades that span nearly (to allow drainage)from curb to curb with a 6 foot opening in the middle.
    The barricades should be constructed at the rear property lines of the east-west streets that intersect Ascension and Automobile,every three or four blocks.

    Between 8 Mile and Stephens there are 26 side streets intersections on the east side of VanDyke. In that same distance (on the east side of VD) there are 24 driveways that are associated with businesses. That's double the number of the path crossings that a user must contend with versus an Ascension/Automobile route.

    On the west side of VD ,27 side streets and 34 driveways!!!

    It seems likely that the lane(s) confiscated on VanDyke for the bike/jog path will be returned for vehicular use after surveys/polls show that no one is using it.
    I think that is wrong, there is a surge in biking everywhere in the metro area. I travel VanDyke all the time and see many people on bikes. Bike lanes anywhere in Metro Detroit will be used when the weather is ok.
    Very few people ride in the winter in Metro Detroit, North of 8 mile I am like the only one lol

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    Safer option

    Reality is that there a much safer north south option for cyclists along the Van **** corridor . A bike route one block east of VD , north of 8 Mile. The number of autos traveling on Ascention and Automobile streets are thousands less than on VD. Semi tractor trailer traffic is non -existent . Simple logic ! Less motor vehicle traffic mixing with bicycles equals less accidents between the two .

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