The Heritage Newspaper’s Press and Guide had a recent article on greenways in Metro Detroit.
It’s a good article with a focus more on the Dearborn, Detroit, and Downriver areas.
Still, we’re a little unclear about some statements.
Detroit is leading the way in the endeavor, and currently has more greenways than any other city in the country, quite a change for a city that built its reputation on the automobile. In Detroit’s favor, it is a city with many, many miles of unused railways, which advocates hope will eventually be converted totally to greenways.
We’re not sure the city of Detroit has more greenways than any other city, but it could very well be among the leaders from an investment perspective.
And this is a great quote from Tom Woiwode of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
“Ultimately, the goal of the GreenWays Initiative is to connect all the communities in southeast Michigan and to link the system with projects outside the region,” said Woiwode. “In the meantime, watching as greenways are embraced by a region known for the automobile continues to be a pleasure.”
The article does end on a flat note.
“Every day, we are a little closer to being able to travel the whole tri-county area without ever setting foot on a road.”
That’s neither true nor realistic — and not even desirable. Many of the planned greenways in Detroit are partially, if not 100% on the road.
Riding on roads is not a bad thing to be avoided. What we need to avoid is building roads that don’t safely accommodate bicyclists. We need Complete Streets.
Chances are we’re not building a greenway to your front door. Or your school. Or your work. We just need to fix the roads between your starting and ending points.