Jefferson Avenue bike lanes & Conner Creek connection Public input sessions


August  4,  2014

JEI Office, 8109 East Jefferson Avenue

 Jefferson  East,  Inc.  and  the  Detroit  Eastside  Community  Collaborative  have  joined  together  to  develop  a  striping  plan  to   incorporate  bike  lanes  along  Jefferson  Avenue  from  Lakewood  Drive  to  Belle  Isle.  We  are  also  working  to  solidify  an  alignment  to   connect  the  Conner  Creek  Greenway  and  the  Jefferson  Avenue  bike  lanes  to  each  other.  We  have  engaged  livingLAB,  a  Detroit   based  planning  and  design  studio  to  assist  us  in  this  effort.  We  have  scheduled  an  intensive  day  of  a  variety  of  input  opportunities   to  gather  feedback  from  the  general  public  as  well  as  targeted  stakeholders  and  agencies.

 9:00  -  9:45am

project  team  will  meet  with  relevant  

City  of  Detroit  Departments

10:00  -  10:45am

project  team  will  meet  with  

Local  Businesses/Property  Owners

11:00  -  11:45am 

project  team  will  meet  with  

Chrysler,  US  Border  Patrol  and  INS


1:00 – 3:00pm 

public design session 

livingLAB  will  give  an  overview  of  the  Jefferson  avenue  bike  lane  striping  alternatives  and  develop a  vision  and  preferences  for  connections  to  the  conner  creek  greenway.

All are welcome to attend.

6:00 – 8:00pm

public open house 

livingLAB  will  have  proposed  Jefferson  avenue  bike  lane  striping  and  conner  creek  greenway   connections  graphics  on  display.   All  are  welcome  to  attend  and  “drop  in”  to  chat  with  the  design  team  and  provide   feedback  and  suggestions.  Light refreshments will be served

All are welcome to attend.



Detroit Historical Canal Tour

Approximate 2 hour guided kayak tour from Detroit’s Maheras-Gentry Park.  Kayak out to the Detroit River from the Park’s protected bay and then upstream to the historic canals.  Highlights of this tour include the Fisher Mansion, the friendly residents of Detroit’s “Little Venice” and a view of Motor City’s downtown.   See Detroit IMG_0249like you’ve never seen it before!

Dates & Times: 
Saturday, June 28 -  9:30 am
Saturday, July 5 -  9:30 am
Saturday, July 26 – 9:30 am
Saturday, August 16 – 9:30 am
Saturday, August 30 -  9:30 am
Saturday, September 6 -  9:30 am


Private tours can be arranged for groups from 1 – 20.  Contact Riverside Kayak Connection for availability and pricing.

Location:  Maheras-Gentry Park at the end of Algonquin Park Drive, off of Clairpointe Street.  The launch site consists of terraced limestone block descending to the water.

Fee:  $40 for solo kayak, paddle, and life jacket.  (When you sign up we will ask you for your approximate height and weight to select the appropriate kayak for you.)   See the What to Bring link for items you may want to bring with you.

$20 with your own kayak, because there will be paddling on the Detroit River we ask that all kayaks have double bulkheads.   If you paddle with RKC, you must have your life jacket on and zipped for the duration of the paddle. These requirements are for your safety and the safety of the group.

Sign Up:  To reserve a kayak and gear call the shop at (734) 285-2925 at least 24 hours prior to the paddle (we recommend calling ahead as this is our most popular paddle so it fills up quickly). Payment is required to reserve a kayak.



Coming Soon – Kids and Kites


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