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Crossing Michigan Avenue, not for the faint of heart

Let's make it safer and easier to cross the street

Photo of Julianna Tschirhart
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Michigan Central Station

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Although we have buffered bike lanes on Michigan now, which is a huge win for bikers and drivers alike, there is still a long way to go in terms of safety and comfort. There are so few pedestrian crosswalks - let's get some HAWKS or other technology to safely get folks across the street. Another issue is the lack of space between the parking aisle and driving aisle. Opening your door and safely exiting your vehicle is pretty much impossible unless the driving lane next to you is empty - which can be an infrequent occurrence, depending on the time of day. This can lead people to park partially in the buffer space between the bike lane, which can cause safety challenges for bicyclists. I'd love to see BRT along this corridor - legitimate BRT with signal priority and a dedicated lane.  The city of tomorrow is not the city of the personal occupancy vehicle prioritized above all else. Our obsession with the car has caused us to accept the deaths of drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians and we don't have to! 

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Photo of Mackenzie Fankell

Hi Julianna, Thank you for posting! I am a Michigan Central Station Challenge facilitator. I agree that it is very hard to cross some of the streets in Detroit. They are so wide and the lack of crosswalks is a problem! You mention a number of very practical ideas that could benefit Detroit. What populations do you think would be best served by a BRT? What areas are in the most need of this service?