WINDSOR-DETROIT BRIDGE AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS TO BE PERMITTED ON GORDIE HOWE INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE
WINDSOR, ONTARIO – Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) announced today that as a result of public consultation and feedback and engagement with Canada Border Services Agency and US Customs and Border Protection, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will include a dedicated multi-use path that will accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.
WDBA has asked the three Proponent teams to include this design element in their responses to the Request for Proposals. It will be up to the Proponents to provide design details to best incorporate this active transportation feature that is important to our communities.
It is anticipated that the multi-use path will be located on the east side of the bridge. Barriers will separate pedestrians and cyclists from vehicular traffic to ensure the safety and security of the travelling public.
“Today’s announcement is an example of how WDBA responds to opportunities our communities bring to our attention. We have heard you loud and clear that the ability to cross the Gordie Howe International Bridge by bike or by foot is important to you. They say that a vision needs a plan, otherwise it’s a dream and I am pleased to say that dreams do come true. The integration of a multi-use path will benefit the communities, as it will support active transportation, a healthy lifestyle as well as enhance cycle tourism across the border.”
Chair WDBA Board of Directors
“I am excited to be able to stand here today and talk about an innovative element that is being incorporated into the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Our team has been meeting with stakeholders and agencies in the community. We have been listening to what is important to you. Hike or Bike the Bridge is an active transportation element we look forward to delivering to the communities of Windsor-Essex County and the Greater Detroit Area and all visitors who come to the landmark crossing for the unique opportunity this multi-use path will create.”
President and Chief Executive Officer
- The multi-use path will be one lane that will accommodate two-way traffic of pedestrians and cyclists.
- The multi-use path will connect users to local road networks.
- Pedestrians and cyclists will be required to carry the same identification as if travelling by automobile and will be processed through the respective countries’ customs and immigration systems.
Read more about the Multi-Use Path
About the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Canadian Crown corporation managing the procurement process for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan through a public-private partnership (P3). WDBA is also responsible for project oversight. For more information on WDBA visit www.wdbridge.com and follow WDBA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WDBAbridge.
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Director of Communications
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority