Preservation Detroit has teamed up with Detroit Bikes! (the group, not the company) to offer bike tours in Detroit. Rides range from 14 to 24 miles, and can last 2-3 hours. For safety and liability reasons, we ask that you wear a helmet. We also suggest that you bring a spare tube, just in case!
Attendees do not need to RSVP or pre-register! Rides are free for members of Preservation Detroit or a $5 suggested donation. Days and times will vary and unless otherwise noted, leave from the Mackenzie House, located at 4735 Cass Avenue. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the ride. Paid and free street parking is available in the area of the Mack House, as well as a parking lot across the street that is usually free on Sundays. The following dates are for the 2017 season!
Sunday April 2 – ride leaves @10am from the Mackenzie House, please arrive by 9:45am – Spring Training Ride – a sports themed event in which the riders will cruise past current and past Detroit sports venues, including Comerica Park, Ford Field, Tiger Stadium (RIP), Olympia Stadium (RIP), Recreation Park, Keyworth Stadium, Veteran’s Memorial Park, and others. For more info, visit the Facebook event here!
Sunday May 21 – ride leaves @10am from the Mackenzie House, please arrive by 9:45am – Book and Bike Ride – We will be visiting some of Detroit’s historic neighborhoods and the ‘Little Free Libraries’ that can be found in these neighborhoods. Kim Kozlowski of ‘Little Free Libraries’ will be our tour guide and suggests that everyone bring a couple of books to place in one of the libraries. Children’s books, particularly ethnic books, preferred.
Sunday June 18 – ride leaves @10am from the Mackenzie House, please arrive by 9:45am – Fathers Day Coney Ride. Honoring our history doesn’t just mean learning about important people, structures and events, but also enjoying the food and culture that helped shape this city (and region)! Join us for a special Father’s Day bike ride…visiting the better and lesser known coney Islands in the city!
Sunday July 23 – ride leaves @10am from the Mackenzie House, please arrive by 9:45am – Grand Boulevard Shore 2 Shore Bike Ride – We will be riding Grand Boulevard – East and West – from the Detroit River to the Detroit River!
August date and ride TBD
Sunday Sept 24 – ride leaves @10am from the Mackenzie House, please arrive by 9:45am – Parducci Society Ride.
Saturday October 21 – ride leaves @10am, please arrive by 9:45am – Detroit Ghost Signs Ride – This is a very relaxed pace, meandering ride, in which we seek out those faded, sometimes painted over, scarred relics of our City’s past. We’ll ride through some of our City’s secondary streets, through the alleys, and wherever our curiosity takes us!
October date and time TBD – Rock N Roll Never Forgets – Join us on a relaxed tour of a number of the iconic Detroit Rock and Roll venues.
Saturday November 11 – ride departure time and location TBD – Java Junket X – We will be visiting some of Detroit’s lesser and better known coffee stops and shops and check out the surrounding historic neighborhoods along the way. Independent coffee shops have historically opened out of the need to foster community and activate vacant spaces within neighborhoods. You’ll see some great examples of smart adaptive reuse of existing structures.