Detroit Bikes SW Bike Tour

From our friends at Detroit Bikes! Sunday, September 19th The Great Southwest Detroit Industrial (Wasteland?) Bicycle Tour Detroit Bikes! is always on the lookout for new themes for our rides. Mike Krzesicki, a Detroit Bikes regular, used his unique imagination and put together a southwest side tour. This isn't your typical suburban ride through pretty neighborhoods with picket fences bordered by flower beds. Rather, this route takes us through much of the industrial underbelly of southwest Detroit. Strangely, even poetically, residences are sprinkled throughout the heavy industry complexes.  As I tested the route (on a motorcycle), the imagery of "little houses on the prairie" kept popping into my head.  I am confident that you, like me, will ride away from this tour with a new appreciation of the industry that has powered our economy.

We will have one or two beverage/food stops, probably on Vernor Ave. in Mexicantown.
Here are the ride particulars, or as the iconic (well, to me, at least!) Sergeant Joe Friday, Badge 714, used to say: Just the Facts.
Who: Sponsored by Detroit Bikes!, a project of Detroit Synergy (
What: The Great Southwest Detroit Industrial (Wasteland)Bicycle Tour
Where: Start at the Millennium Bell, Grand Circus Park, in downtown Detroit. The Bell is located in the NE portion of the park adjacent to Comerica Park.
Parking: Street parking for autos, trucks, and other cages is generally abundant on Sunday mornings.
Date: Sunday, September 19, 2010
Time: Start at 10:00 AM SHARP!
Ending Time: Approximately 1:00 PM
Distance: Approximately 19 miles (about 30 kilometers)
Pace: Leisurely pace, suitable for all levels of riders.
Cost: Free!! But bring cash for beverages and food, if desired.
Rain Date: NONE!  The ride will go on regardless of rain, snow, flying carp, Lions victories,  mayfly infestations, or earthquakes.
Reservations:  None needed!  Just be there!  Although an e-mail would be appreciated.
For Further Information (there really isn't any!), contact me at or 313-473-7118.
Needs:  As always, we can always use help in taking care of the following tasks: obtaining waiver signatures at the start; emergency bike repairs, primarily fixing flats; tour group integrity, such as sweeps; SAG (support and gear) support; photographing the event.
Helmets: Required.