Why is it that so many roads run at odds to the communities they travel through?
For too long, we’ve put up with a system that values the movement of goods through communities over the quality of life of the people who live in those communities. It doesn’t have to be this way! Innovations in transportation planning have shown that we can achieve a balance–smart road design where the walkability and vibrancy of a community are not overly compromised by the car traffic that flows through it.
Let’s Save Michigan, in partnership with Trans4M, is thrilled to announce the launch of Highways for Habitats, a design competition meant to harness the creativity of Michiganders who can imagine a better future: roads that work for the communities they bisect. Get ready to unleash your inner transportation planner.
Do you think your downtown needs more pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, like crosswalks and stoplights? Would a roundabout better serve traffic needs? Could cutting down the number of lanes and adding bike lanes more effectively provide for the people that live there?
Let’s Save Michigan believes you can conceive a creative, innovative, realistic enhancement to help a highway work better for its habitat. As an incentive, the grand prize winner will cruise away on the tasty bike pictured here, courtesy of the rad folks at Detroit Bikes.
Ready to get started?
- Go to the contest page for contest details and rules.
- Get inspired reading our series highlighting previous projects and current debates from around the globe.
- Explore the resources page we have provided to help you design your highway.
- Choose a location to reinvent, and get creative designing your solution!
Contest entries are due on September 20, with online voting to begin the following week.
After two rounds of voting—one online by the public and one by our esteemed panel of judges—a grand prize winner will receive one shiny new bike from Detroit Bikes. A runner-up will receive a cycling goody bag from Holland’s Cross Country Cycle.
Highways and main streets are both vital to our state’s communities and economy, and finding an appropriate balanced solution between the two to enhance our cities’ vibrancy is key to Michigan’s future.
We are also extremely grateful to Detroit Bikes and Holland Cross Country Cycle for donating the contest prizes. Check out the beautiful, Michigan-made bicycle pictured above, and good luck to everyone trying to win it!
We can’t wait to see what you come up with!