Developing effective public transit options in Michigan is a necessary tool for attracting and retaining residents, workers, and businesses. Research shows that people across the nation are choosing communities that offer various modes of transportation, easy access to the places they live, work, and play, and allow them to travel without having to rely on a car.
Make Your Case forÂ Transit
Start a conversation on transportation in your community. Here are some talking points to share with neighbors, organizations and local government officials:
- Millennials and empty-nesters are choosing to live in areas where non-traditional modes of transportation are the norm.
- Complete streets (streets offering space for pedestrians, bicyclists and alternative transportation) improve safety and health across communities.
- More pedestrian-friendly streets increases economic activity and encourages development investments.
- 20,000 pedestrians and bicyclists were injured or killed in Minnesota in the past decade.
- 18-34-year-olds purchased 30% fewer cars in 2007 than in 2011.
- Every dollar spent building Cleveland’s HealthLine BRT system generated $114 in transit-oriented development.
A wide variety of resources on transit are available on our Resources and Tools page.
The following case studies show how Michigan communities are moving toward providing more transit options in their communities.
|NEW!Â The Berston Bicycle Club Project
The Berston Bicycle Club Project gives Flint youth the opportunity to learn about bicycling, healthy living, road safety and their community. Students who complete the nine week program, with 2-3 rides per week, can take home a bike, helmet, lights, patches, a bike bag and a reflective vest.
|Tour de Troit
The Tour de Troit has grown from a small group of people exploring Detroit by bike to Michigan’s largest bike ride and an important tool to promote safer streets for non-motorized users.
The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a 1.35-mile recreational path that offers a pedestrian link between the Detroit Riverfront, Eastern Market and many residential neighborhoods.