A lack of sidewalks, paths and infrastructure is preventing many people from walking and biking, a Southeast Michigan Coalition of Governments survey of more than 3,000 metro Detroit residents found. The survey “showed us that a diverse group of residents desired more facilities and better infrastructure to enable more walking and biking that we want to meet,” said Kevin Vettraino, manager of SEMCOG plan implementation. The group aims to help local governments solve regional problems with data and other resources like the survey.
Along with information from their survey, SEMCOG is using electronic pins dropped by residents to identify areas across Detroit that need infrastructure or safety improvements.
“We want to hear firsthand from our residents where we need to install improvements. Living in the Motor City, people do need to drive. We want to target areas where even these drivers wish to see things like paths for recreational or short commuting walking,” Vettraino said.
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