Debunking the Arguments Against Detroit's New Bike Lanes

Protected bike lanes, this writer argues, are just one part of a broader rebuild of Detroit that prioritizes engagement.
October 12, 2018, 1pm PDT | Philip Rojc | @PhilipRojc
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In just a few years, John Gallagher writes, Detroit has expanded its bike lane network substantially. "These new protected bike lanes have sparked no end of grumbling. Many of the howls of protest come from commuters from the suburbs who complain that their morning and evening drive is being inconvenienced."

Taking the other side, Gallagher asks "What is the city designed for? Is it designed to move vehicles along streets at a high rate of speed? Or is it designed for engagement, for people to interact with each other socially and commercially in the neighborhoods and along our commercial corridors?"

He goes on to refute several arguments against the new bike lanes, including the traffic complaint. Namely, since downtown Detroit's revival began, there are simply more people trying to get there everyday. As the revival continues, bike lanes may provide space for all manner of tiny vehicles, including scooters, to share the road.

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Published on Friday, October 12, 2018 in Detroit Free Press
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