Huron River Drive Pathway Project

Huron River Drive Pathway with bikers on it

MDOT has finished the Huron River Drive Pathway Project, which means cyclists will now have a pathway to ride from I-275 Metro Trail to downtown Romulus.  In some areas, motorists and cyclists will be sharing the road. It is important to be aware of bike safety to ensure everyone can enjoy the road and stay safe. We recommend checking out the resources below to better understand how to share the road. Just click on the link.


Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL): Bicycles and the Law

The Rules of the Road for Michigan Cyclists

The Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Michigan Bicyclists (video)

We also have more clarification below provided by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and our engineering and architecture associates at OHM. If you have any questions about the Huron River Drive Pathway, please contact the Community Development Department at (734) 942-7545.

What are shared lanes (sharrows)?
  • A shared lane is not a bike lane, it is used when bicyclists and motorists must ride in the same lane. Unlike a bike lane, sharrow lanes do not create extra space for the bicyclist as a bike lane does.
  • Used to indicate that it is a safe path for bicyclists to use.
  • Sharrows are meant to be a visual reminder that both cars and bikes share the road.
  • They provide a safe path for bicyclists when there is no bike lane or shoulder for them to use.
Sharrows with two bike signs going in two different directions.
Why are they used?
  • They help connect the bikeway network by filling gaps in bike paths.
  • In challenging environment, they provide clarity to bicyclist's position in the roadway.
  • An alternative for when there is no room for bike lanes.
Signage: Pavement Markings
  • Are used to reduce wrong way bicycling and to alert motorists' bicyclists may be present to encourage safer passing practices.
  • Aare used when their is no shoulder or bike lane for bicyclists to use.
A road with a bike sign on it
What to do when you see these signs as a motorist?
  • Be aware there may be bicyclists in the roadway and be mindful and respectful of them.
  • Take extra caution and give more room to bicyclists when turning, passing, changing lanes, etc. to avoid unwanted incidents.
What to do when you see these signs as a bicyclist?
  • Stay alert and attentive to the traffic around you and try to avoid sudden movements.
  • Ride with the traffic to reduce wrong-way bicycling and wear protective and reflective gear to minimize accidents and prevent serious injuries if an accident occurs.
Facts from MDOT
  • In 202, Michigan saw an 81% increase in bicyclist fatalities and a 76% rise in bicycle-involved fatal crashes. Remember, drivers must give at least 3 feet when passing, and bicyclists must ride with the traffic and use lights at night.
Facts from USDOT and NHTSA
  • In 2019, 846 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes.