Maurice Cox. [Submitted]

Maurice Cox had only been in Detroit a few months when he declared in 2016 that Motor City  would become the “most bike-friendly city in America.”

The promise shocked Todd Scott, executive director of the Detroit Greenways Coalition bike advocacy group. Scott said he was even more surprised when Cox followed through on his promise.

Detroit now tallies almost 81 miles of bike lanes, including more than 25 miles of the barrier-protected lanes — all of which were added since Cox was appointed to lead the city’s Planning and Development Department in 2015, according to the Greenways Coalition.

“He was a man of his word,” Scott said. “He offered a much grander vision than what Detroiters were used to…and he pushed very hard for it.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot tapped Cox Aug. 7 as her pick to be the next commissioner of the city’s Department of Planning and Development, calling him “uniquely qualified to help create a city where development addresses the fundamental needs of every neighborhood.”

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