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.
Saturday April 2 – ride leaves @10am from the Mackenzie House – 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. More info can be found here.
Sunday May 15 – ride leaves @10am from the Mackenzie House – 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. More info can be found here.
Sunday June 5 – ride leaves @9am from the Mackenzie House – Bike Detroit: A Midtown Ride with PD and DAADS for Michigan Modernism Week. This year we will visit iconic modern masterpieces like the The McGregor Memorial Conference Center, the Public Spaces of Isamu Noguchi: Detroit’s Hart Plaza and more! More info can be found here.
Sunday June 19 – ride leaves @10am from the Mackenzie House – 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! More info can be found here.
Sunday July 17 – ride leaves @10am from the Mackenzie House – Grand Boulevard Shore 2 Shore Bike Ride – We will be riding Grand Boulevard – East and West – from the Detroit River to the Detroit River! More info can be found here.’
Sunday Sept 25 – ride leaves @10am from the Mackenzie House – Fun Side of 8 Mile Road Pedal Cruise! – We will be riding through the historic neighborhoods along the Woodward Corridor. More info can be found here.
Saturday October 15 – ride departure @10am, please arrive by 9:45 – 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! We went west last year, so we’re headed east in 2016! More info can be found here.
DATE CHANGE Saturday November 5 – ride departure @10am, please arrive by 9:45 – Rock N Roll Never Forgets – Join us on a relaxed tour of a number of the iconic Detroit Rock and Roll venues. More info can be found here.
Saturday November 12 – ride departure @9am from Cafe Con Leche at 2990 W Grand Blvd., please arrive by 8:30 – 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. More info can be found here.