Posts Tagged ‘Hamtramck’

Detroit TIGER III grant: a multi-modal enhancement plan

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

The city of Detroit’s TIGER III $25.7 grant request is a work in progress, but this agenda item for an upcoming city council meeting is revealing:

Submitting reso. autho. to endorse TIGER III Grant Application to USDOT for approximately $25.7 million in funding for the Link Detroit! Multi-Modal Enhancement Plan. (Public Works Department intends to submit an application for funding to construct a series of multi-modal infrastructure improvements to create a fully functional transportation system through the Midtown area to Eastern Market continuing on to the Detroit Riverwalk and into the heart of Downtown, collectively called Link Detroit! Multimodal Enhancement Plan.)

So just what are those multi-modal infrastructure improvements?

There are basically five which all tie together:

  • Streetscape improvements in Eastern Market
  • Construction of a Dequindre Cut extension from Gratiot to Mack with a formal entrance in to Eastern Market. As mentioned earlier, this will be a rail with trail non-motorized pathway.
  • Replacement of bridges over this new section of the Cut
  • Bike lane, path, and sidewalk connections from the Dequindre Cut extension to Hamtramck
  • A Midtown Loop connector between Eastern Market and Midtown

As you can see, getting funding to complete these projects would provide major walk and bike connections to Eastern Market, the RiverWalk, Midtown, and Hamtramck. It would be absolutely huge.

TIGER III grants are due at the end of this month and it is quite competitive. $547 million will be granted.

Keep your hands up for Detroit — and your fingers crossed.

Complete Streets updates: Detroit and Hamtramck

Monday, February 7th, 2011

There is a new Facebook page called Complete Streets in Detroit.

We are asking that you support a Detroit Complete Streets ordinance which will make the city a safer place to walk, bike, and more.

Please consider giving this page a “Like”.

And on a related note, there is the relatively new Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative (DFFC) web site.

In working for the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, I serve as co-chair of the DFFC Built Environment committee. One of our major Built Environment goals is to pass a Complete Streets ordinance in Detroit. There is more information about that effort on the DFFC site.

The DFFC is funded through the Kellogg Foundation, and as we mentioned before on m-bike, William K. Kellogg was an active cyclist and lifetime member of the League of American Wheelmen.

Complete Streets in Hamtramck

Last week Model D published a story on Hamtramck’s Complete Streets resolution. Jason Friedmann, Director of Community and Economic Development noted that Complete Streets are extra important in Hamtramck given its large immigrant population and low car ownership.

He says every type of user of the streets should benefit. “People on bikes, pedestrians who are walking, people who are disabled, and not just cars,” are targeted in the resolution.

That’s important in a city like Hamtramck, a hub for new immigrants, a place where more than 30 languages are spoken in school.

“We have a lot of people coming here from different parts of the world, who don’t have cars or can’t afford cars when they first come here,” Friedmann says. “And then a lot of them end up staying here because they like not having cars, being able to get around on a bike or DDOT transportation. Half of our residents, 50 percent of our residents do not have cars.”

The article also briefly discusses the city’s plans for more bike lanes — a project that just needs some grant matching funds in order to move forward.

Hamtramck supports Complete Streets

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Last week, Hamtramck City Council unanimously passed the below Complete Streets resolution.

But don’t expect the city to complete any streets in the near term. City Council is also halting all non-emergency work by their public works department as they explore the possibility of declaring bankruptcy.

Their financial issues are really a shame because they have been doing some interesting master planning. Their preliminary recommendation presentation (from July 28, 2010) included these transportation goals:

Make Hamtramck’s streets and sidewalks safer and more accessible for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Improve right of ways to promote the city’s image, create a more pleasant public realm, and strengthen connections between neighborhoods. Create better transit connections within Hamtramck and to/from locations outside the city.

It’d be nice maker Hamtramck roads safer for all, including bicyclists and those new Chevy Volts made just down the road.


WHERAS, increasing walking and bicycling offers improved health benefits for the population and more livable communities; and

WHERAS, a Complete Street is safe, comfortable, and convenient for travel by automobile, foot, bicycle, and transit regardless of age or ability, and

WHERAS, the Michigan Legislature has passed Complete Streets legislation that requires the Michigan Department of Transportation and local governments to consider all users in transportation related projects; and

WHERAS, Complete Streets support economic growth and community stability by providing accessible and efficient connections between home, school, work, recreation, and retail destinations by improving pedestrian and vehicular environments throughout communities; and

WHERAS, Complete Streets enhance safe walking and bicycling options for school-age children, in recognition of the national Safe Routes to School program; and

WHERAS, the City of Hamtramck recognizes the importance of street infrastructure and modifications such as sidewalks, crosswalks, shared use paths, bicycle lanes, signage, and accessible curb ramps, that enable safe, convenient, and comfortable travel for all users; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the city council of the city of Hamtramck, Wayne County, Michigan that:

FIRST: to the extent feasible, the City of Hamtramck will incorporate Complete Streets design considerations and practices as a routine part of infrastructure and planning and implementation; and

SECOND: that the City of Hamtramck supports the continued development of the City’s Master Plan, Infrastructure Plan, and Parks and Recreation Plan, that supports the ease of use, safety, and accessibility for all users within the City of Hamtramck.


AYES: Gordon, Hassan, Jankowski, Miah, Stackpoole

NAYS: None



Free bike parking at weekend festivals

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

There are no excuses to not ride your bike to a Detroit festival this weekend.

Detroit International Jazz Festival

From the Wheelhouse Detroit web site:

This weekend, we will happily park your bike for no charge at the Detroit International Jazz Festival. Bike parking is at the intersection of Woodward & Larned, smack dab in the middle of the festivities, which stretch from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius.

Festival hours are 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday; noon to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; and noon to 7:30 P.M. on Monday. See you there!

Arts, Beats, and Eats

KLM Bikes is providing free bike at two locations for the Art, Beats, and Eats event in Royal Oak. This is the easiest and cheapest way to get to the festival. The spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It looked like many people were taking advantage of this service.

The locations are:

  • South side: Washington St. Just south of Lincoln, 800 parking slots
  • North side: Washington Near Second Avenue, 1,000 parking slots

The Hamtramck Festival is this weekend as well. Though it doesn’t seem to have valet bike parking, it does have urban camping. How cool is that?

Take the Hamtramck parks and recreation survey

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Master planning in Hamtramck continues to move forward. The latest is a public survey on parks and recreation within the city.

“Your input will help us determine improvement areas and prioritize them in the Hamtramck Master Plan Update.”

One question asks how important it is for “Providing bike lanes and improving bike facilities.”

Link: Hamtramck parks and recreation survey