Linus Bike Applauds Detroit’s Movement to Become More Bike Friendly

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In response to recent efforts in Detroit to stimulate the city's economic growth by encouraging the growth of biking culture around the city, bicycle manufacturer Linus Bike commends the movement that is turning the “motor city” into a “cycle city.”

On February 26, Linus Bike, advocate for the cycling community and manufacturer of European-style bicycles, issues a response to an article from Bike Radar on Detroit’s efforts to make itself more cycling-friendly.

The article reports that as Detroit's auto industry declined, so did the city itself. “While once the fifth largest city in the United States with a population of more than two million, it now has less than half that number – leaving stretches of the city that are vacant.”

But all of this vacant space left in Detroit has had the unintended effect of making the city one of the most bicycle-friendly areas in the country, says the article. Now, grassroots campaigners, city bike manufacturers, urban planners and other leaders are trying to establish Detroit as a cycling metropolis. According to the article, “The layout of the city is excellent for commuting by bicycle, and bike lanes are slowly being added and the city embraces alternative transportation options.”

Bike Radar reports that the main problem the city will face is the cold winter months, which may discourage tentative bicyclists and pose extra safety risks, especially while the city is still establishing its network of bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure. But the article points out that Detroit's weather really isn’t much different from places such as Chicago or Minneapolis – two cities known for being bike-friendly.

Beyond just encouraging people to ride their bikes more often, the city is also trying to embrace the manufacturing aspect of biking. City bike companies are starting to pop up, as Detroit already has a reputation for being a city based around manufacturing. Jason Latty, Sales Manager for Linus Bike, comments on the article, saying that the introduction of cycling culture is a sound revivification strategy for any metropolis. “Detroit is definitely in need of an economic upswing, and taking steps to encourage people to commute around the city by bike is a great start,” Latty said.

Latty adds that beyond the job-creating aspect of bike manufacturing, the people of Detroit will also benefit from embracing city biking. They can save money on gas and car payments, as well as stay in shape by riding their bike to work every day.

Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in creating vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not simply a bicycle company, Linus Bike sells a complete line of accessories for the environmentally conscious and for those who have a fondness for European style bicycles and the great tradition of European cycling.

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