Travellers crossing the border at Windsor-Detroit will have new ways to travel –bike or hike.
On March 1, 2017, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) announced that a multi-use path will be included in the design for the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
This decision to include a pedestrian and bicycle lane is the result of public consultation and feedback from communities on both sides of the border and engagement with border agencies in Canada and the United States. Over 2016, WDBA worked with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to determine processes and security concerns and worked with its engineering consultants to determine safety and design requirements.
The final features of the path will be determined once a successful Proponent has been selected but it is anticipated that the multi-use path will be one lane that will accommodate two-way pedestrian and cyclist traffic and that pedestrians and cyclists will be separated from traffic by barriers.
The integration of a multi-use path is also environmentally responsible as it will contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint for cross-border traffic. It will benefit communities by supporting active transportation and a healthy lifestyle. The multi-use path also opens new business opportunities in cycle tourism.
For more information, read our fact sheet.