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Getting to parks and trails without a car

I live in Detroit and don't own a car. It's difficult to access parks and trails for hiking/bicycling by public transit.

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The area surrounding Detroit has many amazing parks that have hiking, water, and bicycling trails, however these amenities are very difficult to access without a car. The MetroParks system is great, but unfortunately it not really accessible by public transit. I live in the New Center area and Belle Isle is one of the only natural areas with trails that is accessible by public transit but it takes 1.5 hours one way to get there.

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Hello Adrian Laurenzi , my name is Korey Batey and I am the founder of Detroit Aint Violent Its Safe-DAVIS and I also work with the City of Detroit Joe Louis Greenway Project advisory council. The Joe Louis Greenway project, a 31.5 mile planned biking and walking trail that extends from the Detroit Riverfront to Highland Park, Dearborn, and Hamtramck. It also includes connectors along Livernois and McNichols. The Joe Louis Greenway will include the Dequindre Cut and portions of the Detroit RiverWalk, as well as portions of the planned Iron Belle Trail and May Creek Greenway.

When completed, it will provide a place for people of all abilities to safely walk, bike, and run while connecting neighborhoods, parks, schools, jobs, historic sites, commercial corridors and public transit.

These types of projects help to connect people all over the city to parks and places in our neighborhood.

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Hi Korey Batey This sounds awesome, I'm very interested in this project! Id love to be involved in some way and stay in the loop.

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Adrian Laurenzi 

If you can send me over your email I would be able to connect you with the project manager of the Joe Louis Project. My email address is info@iamdavis.org

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