Dequindre Cut Grand Opening, Bike To Work and More Bicycling News

Dequindre Cut Grand Opening, Bike To Work and More Bicycling News

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
Detroit Trails and Greenways

Grand Parade

Thursday, May 14, 2009, 10:00am – 2:00pm

At the south end of the Dequindre Cut
Woodbridge near Riopelle

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The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a non-motorized trail that will extend from the Detroit River northward, with the future potential to connect to the Ferndale-Birmingham greenway in Oakland County.  The Detroit portion of the Greenway presents a unique opportunity to encourage reinvestment in adjacent properties by re-activating an abandoned rail corridor as a recreational amenity that links the downtown area and the Detroit River, with its parks and RiverWalk, to the Eastern Market District, the University Cultural Center Area, the Midtown Loop, and a number of residential neighborhoods.

Come join the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and others in the grand opening of the Dequindre Cut, the exciting new rails-to-trail running between Eastern Market and the RiverWalk.

This ride video is on the Dequindre Cut, from the Gratiot ramp south to the Jefferson Avenue bridge. The ride by Detroit Greenways Coordinator, Todd Scott was in July of 2008 before the Cut was landscaped. The Dequindre Cut is scheduled to officially open on May 14, 2009. The Parade will begin from the opposite end of the Cut.

Spring means Bicycle Love in Detroit

The Metro Times just released their 2009 Best of Detroit lists. Among the staff picks was Best Place to Break a Sweat with the winner being “bicycling”. (click the above link for more from Todd Scott of M-Bike .org)

Welcome To Spring From The League of Michigan Bicyclists

Although March seemed to come and go like a lion this year, we did have some nice days to savor in the middle, as the luck of the Irish smiled upon this year with several glorious days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.  I hope you have made it outside already.

Here is news from LMB providing reminders on early season rides.

May, National Bike Month, will be great fun, as National Transportation Week and Bike to Work Week coincide on the week of May 11, with Bike to Work Day (which you should celebrate as often as possible) on May 15. In Metro Detroit, there will be a Commuter Challenge the week of May 11, which kicks off with a transportation fair in Campus Martius from 11 to 2 on Friday, May 8.  The Transportation Fair will provide information about alternatives to the single occupant car commute, with each day of the following week emphasizing different alternate modes.

Whether you favor the stimulus act, cycling is a huge beneficiary, as many projects for greenways, bike lanes, and other needed improvements to the cycling infrastructure will receive funds.  In Metro Detroit, Kresge Foundation made a large grant to fund construction of a number of greenway projects, and the early word is that stimulus funding for Detroit’s Non-Motorized Transportation Plan (approved just last fall) is at the top of the list.

May 14 will mark the grand opening of the Dequindre Cut, which provides a multi-use path from the Riverfront to Eastern Market, and is the first part of what will be a Bike Super Highway in Detroit.

Steve Roach is the Region 1 Representative for the League of Michigan Bicyclists.  The LMB has established a Google Group for Region 1, which is used to provide updates, share information about rides, and to swap grand stories:  “This is a discussion group for LMB members and cyclists in Region 1.  The group can be used to discuss or inform other local cyclists about bicycle routes, events, bikes and parts for sale, advocacy issues and other cycling related concerns.”  Said Steve. If you wish to join the Region 1 Google Group, please send him an email at or go to and ask to join.  If this link does not work right, do a search for LMB Region One Google Group.  You do not need to be an LMB member to join the Google Group.

Ride of Silence

On May 20, 2009, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and continue to roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a slow, silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to Share the Road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. The Ride, which is held during National Bike Safety Month and Week, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways.

This is a road ride, aiming at making the road safer for all cyclists, and giving us the opportunity to honor and remember family and friends, who’ve been injured or killed by motorists while enjoying a sport they love.

Join cyclist worldwide, in honoring our friends and family, and helping the make roads safer for all MI cyclists.

Detroit, “Belle Isle” Wheelhouse Detroit, from Belle Isle, fountain area, 10 miles
Contact: Steve Roach, Roach@MillerCanfiel 313 496 7933
Kelli Kavanaugh info@wheelhousedetr

Detroit, “Grosse Pointe” Wolverine Sports Club, from American Cycle & Fitness, Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Contact: Russ St. John surfkumu@sbcglobal. net

Four Detroit Bicycle Tours In May(click here)

Detroit’s Green Alley Project

This could be one of Detroit’s shortest yet coolest greenways for peds and bikes.

Actions Have Reactions

Excitement over Detroit’s developing greenways projects was dampened a bit by the suspension of this years Detroit Festival Of The Arts. A discussion is taking place here.