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Spring Training Ride 2018

  • Preservation Detroit, MacKenzie House 4735 Cass Avenue Detroit, MI, 48201 United States (map)

Pedals-vation Detroit

Our annual Detroit Bikes kick-off ride is just around the corner! Urban bicyclists know that there is no better way to experience our city than on a bicycle. Even better is riding with a group of like-minded folks. Please join Preservation Detroit and Detroit Bikes on our first formal ride of 2018!

When: Sunday, April 8, 2018, 10:00 AM start

Where: Preservation Detroit, MacKenzie House, 4735 Cass, Detroit 48201

What: The Spring Training Ride XI: A bicycling tour of selected past and present Detroit sports venues

Cost: FREE!

Brought to you by Detroit Bikes Bicycling Group and Preservation Detroit.

Starting location: The STR will start at Preservation Detroit’s Mackenzie House at 4735 Cass Ave., in the heart of Midtown Detroit. There are a number of reasonably priced auto parking options in the vicinity. I suggest you use the lot directly across the street from Preservation Detroit. If attended, the charge will be approximately $5.

Preface (a very brief background of Detroit Bikes):

Detroit Bikes evolved from Detroit Synergy’s ( Detroit Bikes! project. We are easily (and understandably) confused with the Detroit bicycling manufacturing company, Detroit Bikes. Our Detroit Bikes bicycling group is not affiliated with Detroit Bikes, the company. The twin loves of bicycling and our City of Detroit remain the focus of Detroit Bikes.

The Eleventh Annual Detroit Bikes! Spring Training Ride (STR for short) is a sports-themed event in which the riders will cruise past current and past Detroit sports venues.

This year’s venues are, in order: Harwell Field at the Wayne State University athletic complex; Ford/UAW Field; Recreation Park; Tolan Field/Lexus Velodrome; Dequindre Cut; Boulevard Park (RIP); Mt. Elliott Park; Riverwalk; Cobo Arena (RIP); Joe Louis Arena (RIP); West Riverfront Park; Navin Field/Tiger Stadium (RIP); Scripps Park. Wear something that represents your favorite Detroit City team (professional, minor league, college, futbol, high school, CYO, etc.), such as a T-shirt or bandanna and help us welcome the warm weather! The ride will be at a relaxed, non-competitive pace, suitable for all experience levels.

Prior to our start, Jen Ruud will provide an overview of Preservation Detroit’s mission and activities.

Distance of ride: approximately 16 miles (about 26 kilometers). Depending on the weather, the length of the STR may be altered without prior notice!!

Length: approximately two and a half hours (150 metric minutes for our Canadian friends).

Pace: Relaxed, non-competitive pace, suitable for all experience levels. As a good friend once remarked, Detroit Bikes rides are “Friendship, Artisanal, Boutique” rides!! (FAB for short!) Good description.

Helmets: YES, please

NO AMPLIFIED MUSIC AND WHISTLES. It’s just not that kind of ride.

Dress: Show your Detroit sports pride by wearing your favorite Detroit team’s T-shirt, hat, bandanna, flag, socks, wristbands, pompoms, etc.

Rain/Snow Date: NONE! The ride will take place regardless of rain, snow, emergency managers, Kim Jong-un threats, sinkholes, federal indictments, and consent decrees. Unless conditions are clearly dangerous, the ride will go on. As someone much more articulate than me once said, “The weather always looks worse looking at it through a plate glass window.”

Additional: Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year that bike thieves come out of hibernation. Registering your bike’s serial number with the local gendarmerie and a good lock (non-cable!) are the two best things you can do to prevent being a bicycle-theft statistic. Free registration of your bike with Wayne State Police during regular business hours. The WSU PD is located at 6050 Cass Ave. They also have a good supply of bike locks (the big yellow ones!) for sale for $15 (cheap!).

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