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Username: Fishtoes2000

Post Number: 449
Registered: 06-2005
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 10:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Re-posted from my blog, www.m-bike.org

M-DOT has just announced another $3.8 million in Transportation Enhancement funding for 11 projects across the state. These grants will be used to develop non-motorized trails, pave roadway shoulders, purchase bus bike racks and more. All projects will take place during the 2008 construction season.

Unfortunately the bus bike racks aren’t for D-DOT. Flint and Marquette requested those. (I did forward the details along to TRU.)

However, two of the grants are in Detroit and will undoubtedly improve biking in the City.

Here are the details from MDOT:

Midtown Loop

The city of Detroit, in cooperation with the University Cultural Center Association and the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan, will construct a non-motorized path in the University Cultural Center area of midtown Detroit. This project is Phase One of a four-phase project that will create a Midtown Loop. The Midtown Loop will be a 2 mile urban greenway connecting existing campuses and institutions, including Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center, to greenway initiatives in surrounding areas. This will provide a key component of a larger greenway network linking New Center to downtown and the Detroit River. The main loop will follow existing urban street patterns along Kirby Street, John R Street, Canfield Street, and Cass Avenue. Phase One construction will occur along Kirby Street (from Cass Avenue to John R Street) and John R Street (from Kirby Street to Canfield Street). The project includes the construction of the pathway, along with the installation of barriers to separate vehicular traffic from the path. In addition, benches, bike racks, bike storage lockers, pedestrian lighting, landscaping, and trash receptacles will be added. This trail will transform midtown Detroit into a more walkable community by offering a safe and convenient route for pedestrians and cyclists going to museums, galleries, restaurants, and other businesses adjacent to the trail. The total project budget is $2,318,081, with $1,182,221 in federal TE funds, and matching funds of $1,135,860, which includes $510,000 from a federal earmark and $625,860 from the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan’s GreenWays Initiative.

Detroit Riverwalk

The Detroit Wayne County Port Authority is constructing a public dock and terminal in the city of Detroit between the General Motors Renaissance Center World Headquarters and Hart Plaza. This facility will serve as the port of entry and welcome center for the passengers from cruise ships and other vessels, such as naval frigates, historic tall ships, racing yachts and dinner cruises. As part of this project, the Port Authority will construct a portion of the Detroit Riverwalk that extends from the MacArthur Bridge at Belle Isle to Cobo Hall. The project will provide various safety and aesthetic enhancements, such as lighting, security cameras, landscaping, and seating, in order to make this an attractive site for pedestrians. In addition, this enhancement project will provide an alternative Riverwalk around the terminal building for those times when an international ship is docked at the terminal and, per requirements of the Department of Homeland Security, the Riverwalk must be closed. The total project budget is $1,105,145, with $884,116 in federal funds, and $221,029 in matching funds from MDOT.
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Username: Spiritofdetroit

Post Number: 863
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 11:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

good news - especially regarding Port Authority - They've been waiting for this for awhile now
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Username: Detroit313

Post Number: 621
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 12:29 am:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


That's it, I've had it with this state!

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Username: Detroitrise

Post Number: 1746
Registered: 09-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 9:04 am:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ok, how can you ride a bike if you live within the city of Detroit and ride in the city of Detroit with no other choice or transportation?

Talk about full fitness :-)
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Username: Spaceboykelly

Post Number: 281
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 9:19 am:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There is a single bike rack on the river walk near the Renaissance Center and it is the only bike rack near the Ren Cen (other than one in a parking lot or something).

In the first post of this thread it says that some of the money for the Midtown loop will be used for bike racks and storage lockers which is a great idea. Quite a few people are taking to biking in Midtown.

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