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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Tour de Troit - Motown sans Motor

The seventh annual Tour de Troit will take place on Saturday, September 20, beginning at 10 a.m. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of biking as a mode of transportation, to publicize the growing greenways network in the region and to raise funds for the Corktown-Mexicantown Greenlink in Detroit, a project of the Greater Corktown Development Corporation.
The event is a leisurely, 40-mile, police escorted (courtesy of the Detroit Police Department Tactical Operations Section) bike ride, which allows bike and city enthusiasts to explore Detroit’s historic areas and most breathtaking sights free of cars and traffic signs.

Registration and sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Roosevelt Park in Corktown, in the shadow of Michigan Central Station. Coffee, carbohydrates and bike technicians will be available at that time, in preparation of the ride.
At 10 a.m., the ride will proceed through Downtown; Eastern Market; Brush Park; Boston Edison; University District; Palmer Park; Old Redford and Grandmont-Rosedale areas. A short rest stop is planned at the newly-renovated Northwest Activities Center to allow riders to eat, drink and learn about community development and greenways planning in the city. The ride will end at Roosevelt Park where cyclists can remain from 2-6 p.m. to enjoy music, food and drinks.
The pace of the ride will be approximately 10-12 miles per hour and helmets are mandatory. In case of mechanical problems, a SAG (support and gear) van will be present, as well as a “Sweeper Squad” of experienced cyclists.

The cost is $25 per rider ($15 for students) and includes a t-shirt if registration is confirmed prior to September 13. Roosevelt Park is located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and 14th Street. Plenty of on-street parking is available, but riders are encouraged to take the SMART bus or cycle to the event.


Anonymous said...

This sounds really cool. Be fun to coordinate a group from Columbus to go ride it. Give us a heads up again when the date comes closer.

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