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New map shows rapid growth of bike lanes in Detroit

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City now has nearly 240 miles of bike lanes with more in the works

Every installed and proposed bike lane in Detroit
City of Detroit

Back in 2007, there were about 13 miles of bike lanes in Detroit. Today? There’s nearly 240, almost all of which have been laid down in the last few years.

The city has also been experimenting with different kinds bike lanes, like those protected by bollards and parked cars. This summer, streetscaping projects will begin with the installation sidewalk-level lanes along Livernois Avenue and two-way cycle tracks on McNichols Road and Joseph Campau Avenue.

The above map, first posted by the Detroit Greenways Coalition and produced by the city’s Traffic Engineering Division, really brings into focus the city’s new commitment to biking. Also included on the map, but not in the finally tally, are nearly 20 miles of soon-to-be-installed lanes (many of which are downtown), as well as the Joe Louis Greenway, a 26-mile non-motorized loop that cuts through Hamtramck and Highland Park.

The map was most recently updated on March 26 with the addition of protected lanes on Trumbull and Joseph Campau avenues.

It’s a truly impressive picture that should only get more colorful as the city’s planning process continues to more neighborhoods.