The Metro Times recently published their Best Of awards. Detroit trails and bicycling walked away with a number of awards.
Perhaps the most unexpected was the award for Next best thing to light rail for Detroit. The winner was the Detroit non-motorized transportation master plan.
Working quietly last month, Detroit City Council heard and approved the Detroit Non-Motorized Transportation Master Plan. That sounds deathly dull, but it’s actually exciting news for the pedalists among us. Though the state had vowed to commit funds to cycling initiatives in Detroit, and Detroit’s Traffic Engineering Department had signed off on the endeavor, the plan had never been brought before council for its approval — something MDOT needed before it would help move things forward. The plan ought to get cyclists pumped: It will track cycling destinations across Detroit with an eye to connecting them with a network of bike trails, lanes and greenways, calling for as many as 400 miles of bike lanes across the city. The plan’s organizers believe lanes could be painted down during normal MDOT road maintenance. And for groups wanting bike lanes in their neck of the woods, working in tandem with the city means it won’t be the uphill slog it used to be.
Here are the rest of the awards.
BEST BICYCLING PATH OR TRAIL
BEST PLACE TO ADD BICYCLING PATH OR TRAIL
BEST MOUNTAIN BIKING
Pontiac Recreation Area
BEST ROAD TO PRETEND YOU’RE LANCE ARMSTRONG
BEST DETROIT RIVERFRONT ATTRACTION
Read more about each People Poll winner at the Metro Times.
DETROIT’S BEST STEP FORWARD
BEST WAY TO SUPPORT RIVERWALK
Buy a brick
NEXT BEST THING TO LIGHT RAIL FOR DETROIT
City Bicycling Plan
BEST PROJECT OF 2008 WE’RE STILL WAITING TO BE FINISHED
Dequindre Cut Bicycle Path
BEST URBAN GETAWAY
University of Michigan-Dearborn natural area (and Rouge Gateway Trail)
Read more about the Staff Pick’s at the Metro Times.