Bicycle wayfinding signage is a proven means for connecting current bicyclists (as well as other transportation modes) to destinations. The given distance is often short which can encourage non-bicyclists to consider mode shifts away from personal motor vehicles. Since the signage design has already been approved by the City of Detroit and Wayne County, it can be implemented quickly to improve mobility for residents, workers, and visitors of the Michigan Central Station Impact Area. Though the Detroit bicycle wayfinding guide was created in 2014, it has never been implemented in the city. We see this as an opportunity to start in Corktown and spread across Detroit.
To prepare for the future, we need data to determine where and how people are moving throughout the area. Data for motor vehicles can be acquired through sources such as cell data. The data is not readily available for other mobility modes. We propose installing permanent bike and pedestrian counters at key points within the area and making it available to the public. This usage data can help the city and state determine which routes need greater investment and improvement. By making the data available to others, it can be aggregated and used in other unique and unforeseen ways. While there are counters on Cass Avenue and the Dequindre Cut today, the data is limited to those routes and is not available to the public in any form.