Awesome! Abandoned Railroad Gets Converted in Biking and Walking Path in Detroit

dequindre cut detroit before after photo

Photos: Corine Vermeulen-Smith
The Dequindre Cut is Now Open to the Public!
A Detroit railroad line that has been abandoned since the 1980s has now been turned into a 1.2 mile biking and walking path, and Detroit officials assure us that this is only the beginning, part of a grander vision. "The Dequindre Cut is the latest in a growing network of greenways -- nonmotorized community links -- that eventually could encompass 100 miles of such trails throughout Detroit." The Cut was open to the public with festive ceremonies yesterday (just in time for Bike to Work Day). Check out the video below.

They even kept some of the best graffiti, and to make the Cut safer, it has security cameras and boxes. Kudos, Detroit. Now keep going.

Update: The photo on the top shows the Cut during construction. If you look at the video, you'll see that most of it is quite a bit greener than the portion showed on that photo. Not ideal for sure, but I'm still glad that the people of Detroit will have this bike path.

Via Detroit Free Press, Metrotimes, Heartland Research
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