This post originally appeared at Mode Shift: Move Together, Southeastern Michigan's online hub for all things transit.
DETROIT—Taking an extended bike trip through Detroit may become a no-brainer in the not-too-distant future. A new trail project is in the works that would link together several of Motown’s most well-known biking and walking paths into a big loop around much of the city.
Known as the Detroit Inner Circle Greenway, the route is being put together by the City of Detroit with the assistance of a coalition that includes the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The cities of Dearborn, Hamtramck and Highland Park are also helping handle parts of the greenway that pass through their jurisdictions.
The 26-mile route route would fall roughly between Wyoming and Mt. Elliot to the west and east, and McNichols and the Detroit River to the north and south. It would join together the Dequindre Cut, Detroit RiverWalk and Southwest Detroit greenways with a number of others now on the verge of being built.
“One of the really interesting features of the trail is that it connects up many automotive heritage sites,” Todd Scott of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance tells Mode Shift. “We’ve already been talking with the Woodward Avenue Action Association and coordinating this trail development with their plan for the old Model T plant and we imagine that will be a major starting point for those who want to do the big loop.”
Plans for the greenway date back at least half a decade, starting as an idea championed by Jim Edwards, a cycling enthusiast who works with Detroit’s Law Department. Recently, however, it’s started to gain some serious traction.
What are the plans? When can we bike? Head over to Mode Shift: Move Together to read the rest of this story.
Detroit Beach CIty
Only in Detroit ... does a billionaire turn a small downtown park into a beach in order to improve downtown. We love that the new beach at Campus Martius supports loungers, workers and a man buried in the sand. And did we mention there's <a href="http://www.thrillist.com/eat/detroit/weekday-beaching-downtown" target="_blank">tons of food</a> during the week <a href="http://detroit.curbed.com/archives/2013/06/beach-bar-and-grille-appearing-near-campus-martius-sandbox.php" target="_blank">a beach bar</a>?
Matt Smith Is Thankful In Detroit
As if we needed another reason to love Matt Smith, the outgoing "Dr. Who" store offered an adorable thank you to the cast, crew and fans of the popular British show while filming "How to Catch a Monster" in Detroit. Is there a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/14/matt-smith-detroit-how-to-catch-a-monster_n_3442387.html" target="_blank">nicer celebrity</a>?
Now This Is A Show
HuffPost reader <a href="http://brianrozman.com/sonicvisuals/" target="_blank">Brian Rozman</a> sent us this epic photo of Black Flag in concert at the Majestic Theatre earlier this month. What a shot!
Little Ajua, a 4-year-old male chimpanzee born at the Detroit Zoo Sept. 8, 2008, to 26-year-old Akati (father is 17-year-old Imara), was really excited to eat his vegetables. Said Detroit Zoological Society Communications Director Patricia Mills Janeway about the photo, taken last year: "This photo captures his personality perfectly … he is a happy-go-lucky, funny and impish little guy. He is also a great big brother to his almost 2-year-old sister Akira, born here July 28, 2011."
'I Don't Like Walking To The Store By Myself'
High school student A. Romano, seen here playing with a dog near her home in southwest Detroit, opened up to The Huffington Post about <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/detroit-gun-violence_n_3404485.html" target="_blank">her experience with gun violence and growing up in the city</a>. Last year, three people she knew -- two classmates and the father of her niece -- were shot to death in a three month period.
50th Anniversary Freedom March
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 22: General view of the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/22/martin-luther-king-detroit-_n_3484624.html" target="_blank"> 50th Anniversary Freedom March</a> on June 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)
Dan Foley, on <a href="http://instagram.com/bigdanfoley" target="_blank">Instagram at Bigdanfoley</a>, took this stunning shot of the supermoon with the Joe Louis fist sculpture in downtown Detroit.
A Bride's Heartfelt Moment With Her Late Father
Zeeland, Mich. bride Paige Eding's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/22/paige-eding-bride-at-dad-grave-site-photo_n_3480795.html" target="_blank">touching moment before her wedding</a>, captured by Kari Wieringa of Zander & Breck photography, resonated with scores of viewers who had lost a parent.
Watch: 'Dark Girls'
From the documentary <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/white-men-black-women-dark-girls_n_3462182.html" target="_blank">"Dark Girls."</a> Two white men candidly discuss their attraction to black women.
Behind The Scenes At Motown
Motown founder Berry Gordy talks about what went on behind the scenes at meetings during the record label's heyday.
Martin Luther King III, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton March
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 22: (L-R) Martin Luther King III, Rev. Al Sharpton, Roslyn M. Brock, Rev. Jesse Jackson (3rd-R) and Rev. C.T. Vivian (R) march in the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/22/martin-luther-king-detroit-_n_3484624.html" target="_blank">50th Anniversary Commemorative Freedom Walk</a> June 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The march commerates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's Walk To Freedom. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Joe Is Such A Nice Guy
Found in an ashtray on Washington Boulevard. A mini Detroit mystery -- we hope Frank got the message!
Imams March For Freedom
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 22: Two Imams prepare to march in the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Freedom Walk June 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The march commerates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's Walk To Freedom. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
The Hoffa Mystery Endures
Law enforcement officials from the Michigan State Police help search the area in Oakland Township, Mich., Tuesday, June 18, 2013 where officials continue the search for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Duggan Is Done
Mike Duggan, stands with his wife Lori, left, as he addresses supporters during a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Detroit on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Duggan has dropped out of the Detroit mayor's race. The former prosecutor and hospital executive is giving up after two courts said he submitted his petitions signatures too early. The courts have said Duggan doesn't qualify for the ballot because he submitted petitions less than a year after becoming a registered voter in the city. That's a violation of the Detroit City Charter. Duggan moved to Detroit from the suburb of Livonia last year. Duggan says it never occurred to him that he could be kicked off the ballot for turning in signatures too early. The petitions were turned in 10 days before the 1-year anniversary of his voter registration. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates)
Treasures At The DIA (For Now..)
In a June 13, 2013 photo, The Wedding Dance by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is displayed at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit. Though reports continue about the possibility of selling off the museum's art collection to satisfy the city's creditors, and new emerged this week about doing the same with the classic car collection owned by the city, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr dismissed it as <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/22/detroit-classic-cars-collection-sale-kevyn-orr_n_3478986.html" target="_blank">"wild speculation."</a> (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Peace From Tamia
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 19: Canadian R&B singer Tamia performs at Chene Park on June 19, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)
Hazen Surveying The Scene
What's he thinking up there?
KEM And Danielle Karmans Work It Out
Grammy-nominated artist KEM (R) joined Danielle Karmanos (center) and Director Tom Anderson (L) to get riders excited for the the <a href="http://www.motorcitybikeride.com/IndexV2.asp?Pin=1007&Msg=Support%20A%20Rider%3Cbr%20/%3E" target="_blank">Motor City Bike Ride</a> Saturday. He then led the way on the back of a Camaro.The event, which included 20- and 62-mile rides, is a part of Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out initiative, which promotes health for young Detroiters.
Detroit Photos & Video from the week of June 10-16
Soccer Supporters Shake The Stands
Meet 600 or more of the most passionate, loyal fans the 313 has ever known.
Berry Gordy talks candidly about his struggles managing Diana Ross, and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/15/berry-gordy-diana-ross_n_3442536.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit&ir=Detroit" target="_blank">the moment he says he realized</a> he loved her. "That was it," he said.
Built Detroit Tough
An employee uses a hammer and an anvil to hammer in copper rivets on a pair of denim jeans at Detroit Denim, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The Commerce Department is scheduled to release monthly business inventories data on June 13.
The editors of HuffPost Detroit are committed to bringing our readers the best of Detroit's jit-dancing videos. Check out this one: jit troupe The League kicks and steps so fast, you'd think they were fast-forwarded. Nah, that's just talent. Hustle on!
Feels Like A Winner
Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson reacts to making a catch during an NFL football minicamp practice in Allen Park, Mich., Thursday, June 13, 2013.
Wanna Buy A Watch?
From the iconic, handmade wood box to a personalized "Thank You" note, the Detroit-made Shinola Runwell watch is all about the custom touch. Watch one of these beauties get unwrapped and explained. Wow.
Reynolds Metals Regional Sales Office, Southfield, designed by Minoru Yamasaki. <a href="http://www.cranbrookart.edu/museum/CAMec3.html" target="_hplink">"Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America"</a> runs at the Cranbrook Art Museum through October 13. Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/14/michigan-modern-design-cranbrook_n_3437045.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit" target="_blank">here</a>.
People wait to go through security before a public meeting with Kevyn Orr, emergency manager for the city of Detroit, not seen, at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Monday, June 10, 2013. Whether Detroit careens into the largest U.S. municipal bankruptcy depends on emergency manager Kevyn Orr's convincing creditors during the next two months that his plan will revive a city plagued by deficits, crime and strained services.
Materials are carted to a meeting of creditor representatives during a meeting with Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr in Romulus, Mich., Friday, June 14, 2013. Orr says the city is defaulting on about $2.5 billion of debt. Orr said that Detroit is asking creditors to take about 10 cents on the dollar of what they're owed. Underfunded pension claims will get less.
Detroit's financial collapse, and last-ditch restructuring plan, is the subject of an informative and balanced PBS Newshour segment.
Dimes On The Dollar?
Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr speaks with reporters after a meeting with creditors in Romulus, Mich., Friday, June 14, 2013. Orr says the city is defaulting on about $2.5 billion of debt. Orr said that Detroit is asking creditors to take about 10 cents on the dollar of what they're owed. Under-funded pension claims will get less.
Tender Moment Captured
Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder, right, celebrates with Miguel Cabrera after defeating the Minnesota Twins 4-0 in a baseball game, Friday, June 14, 2013, in Minneapolis.
Put on your techno shorts and dance... or just ponder the alignment of techno and poverty. There's a lot going on in this track. NSFW Language may not be suitable for all listeners.
Those Bands Are Sellouts!
We don't mean it as an insult. Grizzly Bear and The XX's June 12 performance at the Fillmore Detroit was a record-breaker, marking the venue's record 11th sellout of the year.
Photog Has National Geographic Moment
Looks like the AP has an amateur bird-watcher on staff! A bird catches a bug on the infield during a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
Weekley Takes The Stand
Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley testifies during his trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter and careless discharge of a firearm causing death, in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit, Mich., on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. She was killed during a chaotic police raid to find a murder suspect at a Detroit house in 2010.
Boggs, Like You've Never Seen Her
"Most people know me first through this conflict." While we're sure you newshounds have heard of Grace Lee Boggs, this documentary into the civil right activist's youth and early organizing work will open your eyes. See an excerpt from a new doc featuring this 98-year-old icon.
Detroit Photos & Video from the week of June 2-9
Whole Foods opens in Midtown
Shoppers lined up to get a glimpse of the brand new Whole Foods Market, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/detroit-whole-foods-midtown-grocery-opens-_n_3389605.html" target="_blank">which opened Wednesday to much fanfare</a> in Midtown. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/detroit-whole-foods-midtown-grocery-opens-_n_3389605.html" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see more photos of Whole Foods' opening in Detroit.
The Next Generation
In this Wednesday, May 8, 2013, photo, Jeff Caldwell, 29, right, a chassis assembly line supervisor, checks a vehicle on the assembly line at the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit. The auto industry is on a hiring spree as car makers and parts suppliers race to find engineers, technicians and factory workers to build the next generation of vehicles.
The Sound of Silence
Carole Hoste, plays piano Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Detroit School of Music, a former Detroit Public School building, where she gives private music lessons in Detroit. This was among dozens of Detroit schools forced to close in recent years as the public school system sank deep into debt and parents sought better education options for their children. A number of former Detroit Public Schools have found new life in the private sector, including as a movie theater, a church and recording studio.
Baby Penguin At Detroit Zoo Gets New Foster Parents
This two-week old macaroni penguin chick being sheltered by foster dad, Tubby, is one of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/06/baby-penguin-detroit-zoo-foster-parents_n_3397163.html" target="_blank">newest additions to the Detroit Zoo.</a>
Rape Kit Backlog
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, right, addresses the media as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, left, and Attorney General Bill Schuette stand by at a news conference Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Lansing, Mich. Snyder and top law enforcers proposed spending $4 million to test DNA evidence in thousands of unprocessed rape kits in Detroit, saying victims have waited too long for justice and suspected rapists can still be caught for old crimes. After taking over the city's crime lab in 2008, the state discovered more than 11,000 untested rape-evidence boxes dating back 25 years.
Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez celebrates his solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in the second inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Mich., Friday, June 7, 2013.
If you think the Canada-U.S. border is one of the most boring places on Earth, you're <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/07/canada-us-border-video_n_3402435.html?just_reloaded=1" target="_blank">in for a surprise</a>. A new video on the quirkier aspects of the border from the popular educational YouTube channel CGPGrey has been watched more than a million times since Wednesday. Read <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/07/canada-us-border-video_n_3402435.html?just_reloaded=1" target="_blank">more.</a>
Orion Music Festival Rocks Belle Isle
Kyle 'Gumby' Gunther of Battlecross poses during the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival at Belle Isle Park on June 9, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
Deftones at Orion
Chino Moreno of Deftones performs during the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival at Belle Isle Park on June 9, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
Festivalgoers mosh during the Metallica show at Orion Music Festival on Belle Isle in Detroit on June 9, 2013.
Metallica At Orion
James Hetfield of Metallica performs during the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival at Belle Isle Park on June 9, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
Pyrotechnics at Orion
What's that BOOM?! The Metallica light show sends a flare over the evening sky at the Orion Music Festival on June 9, 2013.
Deftones at Orion
Chino Moreno of Deftones performs during the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival at Belle Isle Park on June 9, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.