Detroit's Main Street, the iconic Woodward Avenue, is already undergoing extensive changes in the city's downtown area as a light rail project gets underway. Now, if a local group of concerned citizens gets its way, significant changes could make the street friendlier for pedestrians.

According to The Detroit Free Press, a group called the Woodward Avenue Action Association has come up with what it's calling a Complete Streets plan. It'd see dedicated bike lanes and extra crosswalks for pedestrians in what the planners called a "Parisian boulevard," a phrase that makes a lot of sense when you consider that Detroit was once known as the Paris of the West for its broad avenues.

This boulevard design would extend north from McNichols to 8 Mile Road, at Detroit's border with Oakland County. Along that stretch, there'd be raised, two-way bicycle tracks and additional pedestrian areas. Along the Woodward Dream Cruise route, which runs from Ferndale in the south to Pontiac in the north, mature trees would be planted and two of Woodward's eight lanes would be reserved for transit traffic in the prosperous areas of Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills. Finally, Pontiac's stretch of Woodward, which include the Woodward loop, would get new bike and transit lanes.

You can check out the full details of the plan on The Freep's website.

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