The following was posted during a discussion on living car-free in Detroit on bikeforums.net (emphasis ours):
Ahh, the myth that the metro area is all Detroit. I live in a very nice suburb that is quiet and safe. The only reason I feel the need to leave here is just so I can depend less upon a motorized vehicle and more upon my own power. The car culture here is strong and the roads are just not safe for riding everywhere I would like to be able to go.
So which is it? The suburb is safe but the roads are not safe?
From a cyclist perspective, if the roads aren’t safe, your community isn’t safe. Cycling advocates shouldn’t let local governments view safety only from behind a windshield.
But surely suburbs do have lower reported crime rates compared with Detroit. Then again, having a motor vehicle on their horn and passing unsafely is?assault with a deadly weapon, though it’s rarely reported.
It does seem Detroit’s streets are safer for cycling — a conclusion supported by the average yearly bicycle crashes per 100K residents from 2004 through 2009.
|St. Clair County||18.9|
|Wayne County (without Detroit)||25.0|
Also, Detroit has the lowest bicycle crash rate despite having a highest bike to work rate.
And as for living car-free, it would be tough to beat Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.