Sewer grate road hazards

Dangerous sewer grate in Highland Park on Oakland AvenueIt’s been well-documented that sewer grates can be hazardous to cycling. Poorly designed grates can trap cyclists front tires and cause accidents.

While I don’t recall seeing these hazardous grates in the City of Detroit, I have seen plenty of collapsed grates, missing grates, missing grates with tires stuck in hole, etc. However, there are dangerous grates on Oakland Avenue north of Manchester in Highland Park. They have raised ridges that are about 3 inches tall. These are definitely not bike friendly. I can only speculate that their purpose was to strengthen the grate while preventing parked truck tires from blocking the sewer opening. This area is directly east of Ford’s old Highland Park manufacturing complex.

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