Bicycling

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With its wide streets, relatively low traffic volume, and flat terrain, Detroit is an excellent city to bike in for transportation or recreation. There are currently about 40 miles of bike lanes in the city, including 6 miles on Belle Isle and about 20 throughout Southwest Detroit and Corktown. Detroit's Non-Motorized Master Plan calls for the development of 400 miles of bike lanes total, with 100 slated to be installed by the end of 2013.

Cycling culture in the city is booming. Below is a growing list of local resources for cyclists of all levels of interest & experience. If you have questions, corrections, or suggestions for more content, please let us know at greengaragedetroit@gmail.com. The more people we hear from, the more comprehensive & inclusive this page will be. Thanks!


Bike shops

Biketech (18401 E. Warren Ave, East English Village)

  • Bike sales (new from $350-$400, used/vintage from $100)
  • Accessory sales
  • Repairs
  • Contact: (313) 884-BIKE

Downtown Detroit Bike Shop (1420 Fisher Fwy E, Eastern Market)

  • Bike sales (mountain, BMX, road, fixed gear, city, & cruisers)
    • Used from $80 (kids) - $400, new from $280
    • Specialize in Jamis and GT brands
  • Skateboards, t-shirts & cycling accessories sales
  • Repairs & parts sales
  • Closed on Weds & Sun
  • Contact: (248) 439-1892

G&R Bikes (21706 Grand River Ave, Redford)

  • Bike sales (new & used from $150-$420)
  • Accessory sales
  • Repairs
  • Contact: (313) 531-1146

The Hub of Detroit (3611 Cass Ave, Cass Corridor)

  • Bike sales (used, refurbished from around $70-$200)
  • Accessory sales
  • Repairs
  • Variety of classes for youth and adults offered through parent organization Back Alley Bikes (see Organizations below)
  • Contact: shop@thehubofdetroit.org, (313) 833-0813

Livernois Bike Shop (16657 Livernois Avenue, University District)

  • Bike sales (used/BMX, from $40 to $400)
  • Repairs
  • Contact: (313) 864-8734

Shinola (441 W Canfield, Midtown)

  • Bike sales (new, made in Detroit, from $1,000)
  • Contact: (888) 304-2534

Third Avenue Hardware (3645 3rd Street, Cass Corridor)

  • Bike sales (used/vintage from $80)
  • Contact: (313) 832-7241

Wheelhouse Detroit (1340 E. Atwater Street, on the Riverwalk)

  • Bike sales (new from $350)
  • Bike rentals
  • Detroit bike tours, including self-guided tours
  • Accessory sales
  • Repairs
  • Maintenance classes
  • Contact: info@wheelhousedetroit.com, (313) 656-BIKE (2453)
  • Contact person: Kelli Kavanaugh

Organizations/Community

Back Alley Bikes

Fender Bender

Hot Spokes

  • Carry-out lunch delivery service by bike ($3 delivery charge, M-F, 11 am-4 pm)
  • Deliveries to New Center, Woodbridge, Cass Corridor, Downtown & Medical Center
  • Participating restaurants: Avalon, Cass Cafe, Goodwells, Hot Taco, Louisiana Creole Gumbo, Shangri-La, PJs Lager House, Seva Detroit, Slows To Go, Town Pump Tavern

Events

Beat the Train

  • Moderately paced 30-35 mile ride with stops at several landmarks
  • Takes place every Saturday morning April through October
  • Departs 6:30 am from historic Fort Wayne

Criterium Detroit City

  • Short, multi-lap, closed circuit road cycling race downtown
  • Organized in 2011, will return in early summer 2013

Critical Mass

  • Leisurely two hour ride (app. 13-20 miles)
  • Takes place on the last Friday of every month
  • Meet at Warren & Trumbull at 6:30 pm, ride starts at 7

Detroit Bike City

  • New, annual bike show & swap meet at Cobo Hall

Thursday Palmer Park Bike Rides

  • Leisurely 8-10 mile ride
  • Takes place every Thursday, April through October, at 7:00 pm
  • Meet at Palmer Park pool parking lot

Tour De Troit

  • Annual fall ride (attended by more than 4,400 people in 2011)
  • Two options: leisurely 25 mile ride with police escort or metric century, a 62 mile ride without police escort for experienced cyclists
  • Funds planning, development, administration and wayfinding for the Southwest Detroit Greenlink

Trails & Greenways

For detailed information about Detroit's numerous trails and greenways, visit this Wikipedia page

Rules & Regulations

Media

  • Detroit Bike City, a short documentary by Alex Gallegos
  • Detroit Bikes, an ongoing series in Huffington Post Detroit about local cycling culture
  • M-Bike.org, a frequently updated regional biking blog with regular Detroit coverage