Happy National Bike Month! Today is National Bike to Work Day and I had the pleasure of taking part in a 9 mile commute to downtown Detroit this morning. The ride was organized by Detroit Synergy, a group committed to generating positive perceptions and opinions about the city of Detroit. I have been wanting to commute on my bike for a while, but had been a little hesitant to ride my bike down Woodward Avenue alone.
For those of you who are not from Detroit, Woodward Ave is a huge state highway running about 22 miles, from Detroit to Pontiac. My fellow scooterists liken taking their vintage vespa on Woodward to “running with the bulls”
Needless to say, I was a little apprehensive about taking a non-motorized two-wheeled vehicle on this street, so I was happy to take my maiden voyage with a group. Our group of around 15-20 cyclists met bright and early (6:40am!) and pedaled our way to Campus Martius park.
It was a great ride! The weather was perfect and it’s always refreshing and exciting to experience the city on a bike. I can’t wait to commute more this summer and may even start a google group that coordinates group rides to Detroit.
Detroit has a thriving bike community and I’m excited to become a part of it. Like you’ll find in most communities in Detroit – our bikers are diverse and inclusive. People may have different interests and ride different types of bikes, but everyone is welcoming and likes to share this common passion with each other.
If you’re interested in Detroit bike communities here are some blogs where you can find out more. These aren’t all bike blogs exclusively – some talk about music, Detroit and other things that interest them, but I’ve found them all informative and enjoyable: