Four Detroit Bicycle Tours In May
Wheelhouse Detroit (www.wheelhousedetroit.com), a bicycle shop located in downtown Detroit, is offering a variety of guided bicycle tours throughout the cycling season. The tours range in distance and ability level, but all are intended to provide an intimate look into some of Detroit’s most interesting neighborhoods.
The tours are designed in concert with a community partner organization so that they are accurate and informed – then, half the proceeds from each tour are donated back into the community. “Our goal is to show Detroit as it really is,” says Wheelhouse co-owner Karen Gage. “These tours give an insider’s perspective and are full of historical information and up-to-date information about the communities we visit.”
Tours in the month of May are as follows:
Hamtramck: May 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hamtramck is one of Metro Detroit’s most diverse and lively communities. This tour will explore its many angles: artsy, historic and multi-cultural, including the burgeoning Bangladeshi Avenue, the Polish Art Center, the must-see-to-believe Hamtramck Disneyland, the Power House that is getting national media attention and a Buddhist Zen Center. Riders will also get a chance to grab a treat at the charming Café 1923! Ride Distance: 15 miles. Community Partner: Preserve Our Parks.
Grandmont Rosedale: May 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This 25-miler will take you into the gem of Northwest Detroit: the Grandmont Rosedale communities. The tour coincides with the neighborhood’s open house, which will give riders the opportunity to check out some of the fabulous homes on their own! Refreshments at the North Rosedale Community House included. Community Partner: Grandmont Rosedale Neighborhood Dev. Corp.
Creekside: May 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
River access, green space, parks and canals all make the lower eastside community of Creekside one of Detroit’s best-kept secrets. After a meandering tour of its picturesque streets, the group will enjoy a rest stop at beautiful A.B. Ford Park on the shores of the Detroit River before heading back to the Wheelhouse. Ride distance: 15 miles. Community Partner: Creekside Community Dev. Corp.
Architecture: May 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Local architect Brian Hurttienne will lead this overview of significant architecture in and around Downtown Detroit. The discussion will center on architecture in relation to urban planning, past and future developments as well as the social implications of architectural design, good and bad, in Detroit. Sites include Elmwood Cemetery, Lafayette Park, Brush Park, Wayne State University and the Medical Center. Ride distance: 15 miles. Community Partner: AIA Emerging Professionals Committee.
All May tours are $25 per rider or $35 including a bicycle rented from the Wheelhouse. Wheelhouse has additional tours planned through the month of October. Information and registration is available at www.wheelhousedetroit.com/tours.
Wheelhouse Detroit offers bicycle rentals, retail, service and tours. It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The shop is located at 1340 E. Atwater, just three blocks east of the Renaissance Center, at Rivard Plaza on the Detroit RiverWalk. Call 313-656-BIKE (2453) or visit www.wheelhousedetroit.com for more information.