On Saturday May 13 it will once again be time for the Motor City to make way for the bicycle.
For the sixth year, the 20-mile ride known as Cycle into Spring will start at 9 a.m. at Maheras Gentry Park.
“Spring is finally really here,” says Vittoria Katanski, executive director, Tour de Troit, the ride’s organizer, “and we’re hoping that moms will ride Cycle into Spring with their older kids. It’s the day before Mother’s Day and it is a fun way to help the city while enjoying a beautiful ride.”
The cyclists who follow the route from the Detroit River to 8 Mile along the Conner Creek Greenway (CCG) will be able to see the original Connor Creek. The greenway links people, parks, green spaces, neighborhoods, schools and shops. So far, eight miles are completed and the funds raised at Cycle into Spring will support programming and the development of the final miles of the greenway.
Maheras Gentry Park is located off Clairpointe Street at the Detroit River. The route passes by Coleman A. Young International Airport, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant and Chandler Park.
The ride is a police-escorted, as well as sweeper and SAG-supported.
Sponsors and partners include Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative, Amicci’s Pizza, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Hamilton Anderson Associates, Miller Canfield, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Plante Moran, Bike Tech, Slows to Go, Universal Macomb Ambulance, Wheelhouse Detroit, Bayview Yacht Club, St. John Providence and the Program to Educate All Cyclists.
To register, visit http://www.tour-de-troit.org.
The ride costs $30 and includes a T-shirt. An optional lunch is available for $10 from Slows to Go (meat) or Organaman (vegetarian and vegan/GF). Lunch must be pre-ordered. On-site registration is available for $40, but a T-shirt is not guaranteed.