This Friday, hundreds of workers are expected to ditch their cars and participate in Bike to Work Day Detroit — an annual event aimed at promoting more active transportation across metro Detroit.
“This event continues to grow bigger and better each year, a testament to the rise of bicycling and bike culture in the Motor City,” says Todd Scott, executive director of the nonprofit Detroit Greenways Coalition. “We’re excited to bring on new sponsors and participants. It shows that more and more people are seeing cycling as a viable alternative for transportation, and not just recreation.”
Scott says the event builds on the growing momentum of regional events, such as Tour de Troit’s Cycle into Spring ride, which brought out more than 700 people to Detroit’s east side last Saturday, and infrastructure improvement efforts, including this summer’s installation of the city’s first protected bike lanes along Second Avenue.
Riders will travel in pre-planned convoys or independently from multiple locations across metro Detroit and converge for a morning rally at Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit from 7-9 a.m.
Planned routes include:
- From Royal Oak, following Woodward Avenue
- From Dearborn, following Michigan Avenue
- From Northville/Plymouth, following Hines Drive to Michigan Avenue
- From St. Clair Shores, following Lakeshore Drive/East Lafayette
- From Sterling Heights, following Gratiot Avenue
- From Farmington Hills, following Grand River Avenue
In order to accommodate all participants, organizers are asking those who plan to attend to register in advance via Eventbrite. For additional information, including routes and meet-up times, click here.