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"From Detroit's university district. This is your daily Detroit for Tuesday may seventh two thousand nineteen I'm spend gossips, and I'm Jerry stays pushing the droids conversation forward between intermittent power outages. So let's get right into it before we lose electric city again afterward from our sponsor daily Detroit is brought to you in part by Milo Milo is a marketing agency that produces amazing experiences for audiences. They partner with their clients to drive business and create innovative content. Do cool stuff with them at Milo DOD agency for years Detroiters literally lived in the dark because the streetlights didn't work after one hundred eighty five million dollars worth of investment. The city for the most part has working streetlights. But now there's a pretty big hiccup about one third of the new LED street lights are allegedly defective. Most are on the city's west side the lights installed between twenty fourteen and twenty six. Eighteen have a ten year warranty. But they're burning out early cracking and dimming the fixtures were made by a California firm called Leah tech. And now the Detroit public leading authority is suing Leo tech to get replacements. After officials say the firm went silent. After initially acknowledging the problem in the years before the city overhauled its streetlights about forty percent of the city streetlights did not work swin. I'm glad we have streetlights. I really am. They help us. See they're good things in public safety. There's lots of good benefits the street lights, but I gotta say this tickertape parade. That's been thrown for like a couple years for them getting fixed. It always mystifies me as well. As the years we Detroiters like like, tolerated the situation, I file all of this under working street lights under things that we're just supposed to have. Despite a huge push to improve bicycling infrastructure in recent years, Detroit fares poorly in an annual ranking of best US cities for biking Detroit ranks at one point six stars out of five in the best cities for bikes ranking by places for bikes that's a program by the nonprofit advocacy organization people for bikes Detroit's ranking is unchanged from two thousand eighteen the places for bike survey basis. It's city ratings on five different factors that are all given equal weight. It uses its own research tools, plus publicly available data from the likes of the census bureau's American community survey and bicyclist fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. We wanted to dive into these numbers a little bit because they're interesting, but they're also the source of some contention and more on that in a minute Detroit. Scored lowest factor which measures the pace of developing new bicycling, infrastructure and. Encouraging people to ride bikes. It's especially interesting because Detroit has added hundreds of miles of bike lanes across the city in recent years and launch the popular Mogo bike share program in two thousand seventeen that program is now expanding to deliver annoy avenue a fashion district and several entering suburbs. Detroit. Also earned low marks for things like by commuting demographic, apps and bicycling fatalities. And injuries boulder. Colorado ranked tops in the best cities for biking at three point seven out of five stars interestingly, both Ferndale and Ann Arbor scored in the top twenty five of cities at three stars apiece. Now, we mentioned this ranking was not without its critics someone on Twitter alerted me to a rebuttal piece by our friend Todd Scott at the Detroit Greenway coalition, they've probably done more than any other organization to make Detroit more bike friendly and they've worked closely with the city government the Detroit Greenway coalition says studies from all the various bike advocacy organ. Stations rely on heavily flawed data that data in particular hurts Detroit because most residents here commute to the suburbs for work, and they don't do it by buck, and they rely on open street map data to get a sense of bike networks when there aren't large and active users of the technology here in Detroit, and in other cities with high poverty rates and limited access to technology, Detroit, Greenway argues that a better way to gauge the city's bite culture would be to weigh factors, including the number of miles of bike lanes and trails bike count data Mogo and slow roll membership figures the number of bicycle clubs in the city and the number of bicycle shops in operation of links to the study and the Detroit Greenway coalition rebuttal up on daily Detroit dot com. I personally love that we have a reaction piece about a bike survey. It's so metal. Oh, yeah. Hot takes pedals for days, man. That said two things we really do. Have a lack of open street map data around here and opened at in general with a huge digital gap in the city. This is kind of like a reflection of the fact, I think it's like we've talked about this too distant before forty percent of Detroit households don't have broadband of any kind. So if you don't have broadband, it's really hard to contribute to these big projects or a smartphone in your pocket, and and second I dug into the city of Detroit map on the survey site. I wanna put out point out a few things. I mean, these seem glaring to me, but maybe you can tell me if I'm crazy specifically they have this BNA score. There biking network analysis. They note that a few areas are bad for bikes red, which is a longtime Detroit bicyclist, I have issue with one bell Iowa's Allred like bell is great for biking. Also Palmer park nearby here. Palmer woods. I mean. They're actually there are now bike lanes by Palmer park. But there are no bike lanes through that neighborhood. They're just north of seven mile, but if you wanna cut through the Ferndale if you want to bike in this. Town probably one of the safest residential neighborhoods to ride a bicycle in. I mean because they've caught off access from both Woodward from Woodward at least, so you know, to to discourage all the people that were cutting through to try to beat the light and speeding through there. You can't do that anymore. So it's I mean, what little traffic is in. There is crawling at like ten miles an hour on top of that they have their own security patrol and actually was featured in vice actually vice media over the weekend. Crazy report about like, they're rather intense security patrol over there with hummers, and like he end, the jackal jackets and everything are kinda creepy. Yeah. But we're have to dig into that more. But anyway, it is safer biking. And but that whole area that's marked as read. It's it kind of blows my mind. There's another thing in this list. There's like a lot of factory sites that shouldn't be counted. And I'm just going to be honest. Like, you're not going to be rolling through the poll town plant on your like trustees schwinn, you know, what I mean? I'd like to see what would happen if you try. It actually don't pass me. Current sheri-. In roads are the two top pocketbook. Issues. Facing Michigan residents right now after all not only does Michigan have highest car insurance rates in the nation. But our roads are among the nation's worst as well. So here's the latest update. Republicans in the Michigan Senate have pushed through a Bill that would allow people to purchase different levels of personal injury protection on their car insurance. They could also drive without medical coverage. If their existing health insurance plan covers injuries from auto accidents Senate Bill one passed the Senate, mostly along party lines. Save for two Democrats from Detroit who voted yes. The measure would end new claims to the Michigan catastrophic claims association. We talked about that on a recent podcast episode ending lifetime coverage for major injuries. The Bill also does not guarantee that savings from this change would pass on to consumers. Republicans rejected amendments that would prevent non driving factors like a credit score. And education level"