You’re cruising through Motor City, taking in the sights of the Fox Theater, Comerica Park, Cobo Hall, the GM Renaissance Center and more. Only, you’re not driving a new Chevy Malibu or Equinox. In fact, you’re not driving a car at all. You’re feeling the wind on your body as you roll through Detroit on a bike. Since May is National Bike Month, we thought we’d look at some of the great reasons Detroit is a bicyclist’s dream.
Most Detroiters have heard of Slow Roll Detroit. If you haven’t, you’ve still probably seen the large crowds of slow-rolling cyclists in the city at some point. Slow Roll Detroit is a nonprofit with aims to educate the masses on the history and architecture of Detroit while promoting a cycling culture in the city.
This two-mile stretch of Detroit carries with it a scenic view of some of the city’s history. From the view of city’s architecture to some of the stunning graffiti art, the Dequindre Cut Greenway takes cyclists on a truly scenic route and connects directly with the Detroit RiverWalk.
In 2009, David Byrne, former frontman for American rock band Talking Heads and bicycling aficionado, called Detroit one of his favorite cities for biking. Among his list are cities like New York, San Francisco, Rome and London. For a man as well-traveled as Byrne, being called a favorite city for cycling is a great accomplishment!
This all-purpose bike shop can hook you up with a new or used bike, fix up your existing bike and more. One of the best things Wheelhouse offers is guided bike tours of Detroit. Groups of up to 15 can take part in one of these tours while slowly rolling through one of the city’s many bike paths, all while learning some of its history.
On the outer edge of Belle Isle is a bike lane that runs along the main road of the island. It has become a popular strip for bicyclists for its scenic views of the island and the city. Like the Dequindre Cut Greenway, it can also be accessed via the Detroit RiverWalk, making for a great, extended route.