Tag Archives: Biking in Detroit

Dequindre Cut Re-Cap

The opening of the Dequindre Cut was truly lovely. Can’t say much about the speechifying, because we were too busy transporting (where was Jason Statham when we needed him?) 10 bikes from the shop over to the Cut!

Two of our cruisers were used to string the ribbon across the Cut for the grand snip. After the ceremony, there was a parade down the Cut with marching bands, walkers, roller bladers and, yes, bikers! Then we offered free 1/2-hour rentals so folks could ride to the end and back. We estimate we did about 35 or so — and between that and the wind knocking our bikes over, Alex and Kelli were busting butt the whole time! But well worth it — it seems like good times were had by all.

Read more about it at the Metro Times or watch this video!

The Last Word

Kelli & Karen had “The Last Word” in this week’s Real Detroit.

We know we are dorks.

Here’s a sample:

What was the most exciting thing about being down here finally and what was the biggest challenge that you faced?
KK: The challenge was to get the word out, get people to come down here and see biking as a feasible entertainment option — not just for people who ride regularly. One of the most exciting things is when we rent to people from other places. You go to most major cities and renting a bike is not abnormal. They come here and expect to rent a bike and have Detroit deliver for them — it’s not a radical experience for them. Getting to see a city by bike is awesome, and allows a fair view of this town that not many visitors get to see.
KG: On the flipside, I love it when Detroiters and residents and local people come in and are like, “Whoa! That’s whats up.”

Check the whole thing out here!

Also, remember to come out tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the grand opening of the Dequindre Cut! We’ll be at the Woodbridge (south) entrance with free bike rentals, coupons and of course, info about tours, group rides and all that kind of fun stuff.

Tour de Cure Fundraiser 05/09/09

This Saturday at the Park Bar (2040 Park Ave.) riders from the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure cycling event are hosting “RIDE it, PARK it, ROCK it”, a fundraiser to benefit the ADA.

Meet at the bar at 1 p.m. and then head out for a casual 8-10 mile bike ride around downtown Detroit starting at 1:30 p.m.  Discounted bike rentals are available through Wheelhouse Detroit.  The ride is being lead by Todd Scott of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and will highlight various trails and green spaces in the city.  Following the ride will be drinks at the bar.  The Park Bar is donating a portion of their proceeds back to the ADA.  There is a $10 donation per rider and each rider will receive one ticket for a post-ride drawing.  There are  several cool items to give away!  Additional tickets for the giveaway can also be purchased at the bar.  For more information please contact Anika Halladay at ahalladay@diabetes.org or 248-433-3830, ext. 6694.

Mark your calendars for the 2009 Tour de Cure on Sunday, June 14, 2009, at beautiful Island Lake Recreation Area in Brighton. REGISTER ONLINE NOW at www.diabetes.org/tour.

Spring Training Ride 3/21

On Saturday, March 21, Detroit Bikes!  will host the Second Annual Spring Training (STR) ride.  Given that the Detroit Tigers will soon begin their season, the Red Wings will begin hockey’s second season (playoffs), and the NCAA Final Four will take place at Ford Field, a sports theme ride is a no-brainer (no jokes, please).

The Detroit Bikes! Spring Training Ride will cruise past current and past Detroit sports venues, including Tiger Stadium, Olympia Stadium, Recreation Park, and others.

Wear something that represents your favorite Detroit team (professional, college, high school, etc.), such as a T-shirt, bandanna, whatever, and help us challenge Mother Nature to bring the warm weather on!

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Rouge Park trail work 11/2

This Saturday will be a day of trail work at Rouge Park on the bike/hike trail developed a couple of years ago. It’s short but sweet and it is great that there is mountain biking in the city! Saturday, work will begin to double its length to approximately 4 miles.

Meet at the northeast corner of Tireman and Outer Drive at 10 a.m.

Haunted Detroit Bike Tour

Detroit Bikes! is hosting its 4th Annual Haunted Detroit Bike Tour on October 25. Sites include the Majestic Theater, Orchestra Hall, the Masonic Temple, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, Wayne State University, The Bonstelle Theatre, The Fox Theatre, Grace/Harper Hospital, The Riverplace Grand Heritage Hotel and Elmwood Cemetery. It begins at 10 a.m. at the Millennium Bell in Grand Circus Park.

The 16-mile ride is free. Contact dialogue@detroitsynergy.org for more info or to volunteer as a mechanic or tour assistant. Helmets are mandatory.

Non-Motorized Plan + Tour de Troit Reminder + Stickers! + Farewell to Night Rides

Some good news for Biking in the D! The Detroit Non-Motorized Transportation Plan was supported by the City Council’s Public Health and Safety Committee on Monday, and will likely go in front of the entire body next week. Read m-bike’s comprehensive take here.

Saturday is the last day to pre-register for the Tour de Troit and receive a tee-shirt. The ride is set for September 20, so what are you waiting for? Just do it here.

And in news that is slightly less serious, we finally have shop stickers. Come by and grab one for your bike, helmet, even -gasp- your automobile. They are pretty sweet (Thanks, h_illa!)!

Sadly, we’re going to call it quits on our Wednesday night rides for the year. We’re pretty wrapped up with Tour de Troit and our Neighborhood Tours, so that is our excuse. Thanks to everyone that’s ridden with us, we’ve had a blast and we’ll be ready for next year!

Thanks, Supergay! + City Council Hearing

Our charming, articulate, well-dressed friend Supergay Detroit has put together a slate (how ’08 of him!) for the annual Metro Times Best of Detroit contest. And (swoon) Wheelhouse made it not once, but twice! What lucky girls are we! And, by the way, we support the whole darn slate. It’s comprised of some of the best indie stores and services Detroit has to offer. So vote often, vote Supergay!

On Monday, the Detroit City Council’s Public Health and Safety Committee will be discussing the Detroit Non-Motorized Transportation Master Plan. This plan has never been brought before City Council for their approval — a necessary step before groups like MDOT will recognize and help implement the plan.

When: Monday, September 8th at 11:15 AM

Where: City Council, 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Jefferson at Woodward

This plan takes inventory of the many cycling destinations across Detroit, including parks, schools, cultural centers, recreational centers, etc. It looks at how to best connect them with a network of on- and off-road bike facilities — trails, bike lanes and shared signed routes. The plan calls for nearly 400 miles of bikes lanes across the City of Detroit that could be implemented during normal road maintenance by simply re-striping existing roads. The authors of the plan, Giffels-Webster will be there to give a presentation on it. The city’s Traffic Engineering Division, the city department that is ultimately responsible for implementing this plan, will be at the meeting as well.
Public comment from cyclists, walkers, and other residents are needed to voice their support for this plan!

If you want to be certain the meeting is still on as scheduled, call the Office of the City Clerk at 313-224-3266.

Thanks to Todd Scott of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance for keeping us informed about important stuff like this.

Neighborhood Tour Schedule Announced

We are happy to announce a series of neighborhood tours! Details on each individual tour, including prices, descriptions, and information about our community partners will be spelled out next week.

For now, mark your calendars!

Saturday, August 30: Corktown
Saturday, September 6: Eastern Market
Saturday, September 13: Southwest Detroit
Sunday, September 14: Boston Edison
Saturday, September 27: The Villages
Saturday, October 4: Creekside
Sunday, October 5: Conner Creek Greenway

Shop to benefit cycling in Detroit

This Thursday, August 7, a portion of money spent at Bureau of Urban Living will benefit our friends at Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. The shop is located at 460 W. Canfield in Midtown.

MTGA has become very active in moving along the growing network of cycling amenities in Detroit. We love an excuse to spend some coin at Bureau!