Close to 150 people attended the Detroit Complete Streets Community Workshop on March 31st. The Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP), in collaboration with Detroit Complete Streets Coalition partners, were hosts of this free event that introduced Complete Streets, the concept of promoting walking, biking, and transportation for a healthier and safer Detroit.
The workshop included a Complete Streets presentation by Richard Wooten, an extension educator from Michigan State University. The event was catered by Slows Bar B-Q, compliments of the coalition.
Prior to the event, DHWP Director and Public Health Officer Dr. Yvonne E. Anthony said, “With this workshop, we hope to engage the community and garner support to make our streets safer in order to promote healthy lifestyles and activities such as walking, running and biking. We encourage Detroit residents to join in the conversation.”
And they did.
After the Wooten presentation, the attendees submitted questions about the impact of light rail, truck traffic, and bike lanes.
The workshop was held at the Gaelic League in Corktown on Michigan Avenue. Last Fall, MDOT put this section of Michigan Avenue on road diet and added bike lanes to make it more of a Complete Street. That provided an opportunity for those attending to see first hand how Complete Street concepts can improve transportation options and safety in the city of Detroit for a negligible cost.
For more information on Complete Streets, visit the new website www.DetroitCompleteStreets.org.