New and interesting bike rides in Detroit

It wasn’t that long ago that there just weren’t that many group bicycle rides in the city of Detroit. Critical Mass was lightly attended and the Tour de Troit was just a small ride around town.

Now it’s becoming quite a task just to keep up with all of the bike rides.

Last Saturday there was a fundraiser bike ride for an urban garden on Fourth Street. Tomorrow (August 3rd) is the Detroit Agriculture Network urban ag bike tour.

Every Monday is the Slow Roll to Slow Jams ride starting at 8pm from the Woodbridge Pub.

No course is set and all skill levels are invited. The ride ends with the smooth sounds of Erno the Inferno and EastSide Jon – plus many special guests. We’ll be doing this every Monday till it gets too cold and maybe after that.

And there are a three interesting rides scheduled for August 13th. Starting at 8am is the 7th Annual Green Cruise — “Be a solution to Stop Pollution”.

The 7th Annual Sierra Club Green Cruise celebrates walking, biking, running, hiking, skateboarding, rollerblading, and other forms of transportation that are human powered.

The event includes organized bike rides, a parade, childrens crafts and activities, an educational area, free healthy food, green sponsor booths plus much more

Then at 1pm is the inaugural “Art Ride”.

Five sites will be on our 2011 tour (most of the time we’ll be looking at Art) including Disneyland Hamtramck, Heidelberg Project satellite site, Recycle Here! (2-3 areas), 1 site TBA and ending with our Access Arts Scripps Park Public Art Exhibit II opening. At Scripps, we’ll have a fantastic performance piece by James Cornish & Lisa Lamonte. We’ll have a food truck on hand for the end of the bike ride at Scripps for lunch as well (food truck TBA). At each of the tour stops, more info will be given about the piece and location either by the artist or tour guide, giving an in-depth interaction with the piece. We’ll also get a first hand look at the development of the Lincoln Street Sculpture Garden at Recycle Here! and some of their other more private installations inside. A couple of public murals may also be on route!

Donations will be shared among art & bike organizations including The Hub of Detroit’s Saturday/Kids Program, Heidelberg Project, Friends of Scripps Park, Organization #4 TBA and Forward Arts.

Then at 10pm that evening is a Full Moon Bike Ride hosted by Fender Bender.

We’ll ride around Detroit under the light of the full moon and skip the heat of the sun.

This Fender Bender Detroit ride is open to everyone as we try to raise awareness and have fun riding bikes in the night. Meet us at the corner of Cass & Forest, in front of the UU Church (First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit).

There is a new web site that should be launched by the end of this year that will have an event calendar for biking and walking events. Hopefully they’ll be able to do a better job maintaining regional calendar for these types of events.

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