There will be bike lanes on the new International Windsor Detroit Bridge! Read more about this successful campaign!
Since 2012, we have been campaigning for safe, designated bike lanes on the new International Windsor Detroit Bridge.
Windsor West MP Brian Masse has been a consistent proponent for bike lanes, coordinating and presenting a petition and providing guidance on several letter writing campaigns. Thousands of signatures have been collected and presented to Parliament, while emails to government officials, border crossing officials and others have gone out.
Bike Windsor Essex has been represented on an ongoing focus group with the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority to press for inclusion of bike lanes. In 2016, we brought representatives from the WDBA together with cycling advocates from across Ontario, Quebec, Michigan, Ohio and beyond to provide detailed data on how the bike lane would provide tourism opportunities for the region.
One of our exciting strategies was to partner in a collaborative effort to produce an international greenways map that realized a vision to connect the growing bike and walk networks on both sides of the Detroit River.
A U.S. – Canadian partnership is hoping a new map will encourage people to grab their bikes and explore both sides of the Detroit River. The group has released a binational greenways vision map to connect emerging international greenways, trails, and bike lanes, establishing safe and convenient routes for pedestrians and bicyclists.
It is the vision of these Canadian and U.S. partners to encourage stronger linkages between emerging greenways of southwest Ontario and southeast Michigan via future dedicated bike lanes on the new Gordie Howe Bridge and a possible future ferry system between Windsor and Detroit.
Partners in this project include: Bike Friendly Windsor Essex, Canadian Consulate General, City of Detroit, City of Windsor, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Detroit Greenways Coalition, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority, Downtown Detroit Partnership, Essex County, Essex Region Conservation Authority, National Park Service, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wheelhouse Detroit and Windsor Bicycling Committee.
We continue to advocate for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.