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    Commuters in Detroit?

    Hi, I just recently relocated to the Detroit area (Livonia) and am looking at possible starting to bike commute to work everyday. Its about a 20 mile round trip. I would be traveling right into the heart of the city every day. Does anyone else on here commute into/out of Detroit on a daily basis? Any suggestions, hints, tips, help would be appreciated.

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    Grew up in Livonia and used to ride there quite a lot. I commuted to Dearborn and the west side in the summers. There are definitely doable routes, depending on what time of day you're going in, or even more importantly, heading out. Good luck on the venture.
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    GET ON THE SIDEWALK! (even when there isn't one) j/k - but you'll hear a lot of that in mo-town.

    plan your route and you'll be fine. i'm an east-sider and have a few trouble spots. once you learn yours, you'll avoid them.

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    Where from / to specifically?

    I ride from Farmington (9 Mile and Farmington Rd) to the western edge of Detroit (Outer Drive and Plymouth Rd) daily. My trip is mostly through Livonia and Redford which afford some very bikeable places.

    To get downtown would be a lot harder, because finding non-deteriorated roads and acceptable neighborhoods would get to be a lot harder.

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    I live farther out, but park in Westland and take Hines to Dearborn, which is a nice ride.

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    Hi,
    I live down town Detroit on Bagley 3 doors down from MGM. Do you live by Grand River? If so that would be a great way to take all the way down town. If you need, on the riverwalk just past GM is a bike shop open until 8:00pm 7 days a week! I have a lot of shop tools if you ever need help and I work at the bike shop on the river walk called Wheelhouse Detroit. You should stop by some time and say "HI", Ron.
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    Before I moved out of the area, I rode from Farmington Rd and 8 Mile to Allen Park. 22 miles each way. Hines Drive and Outer Drive are easy.

    I agree with DoB's post, getting downtown would involve some very bad roads without shoulders and lots of stoplights.

    Leave by 5:00 AM. There will be little traffic and you can own a lane on a major road. Many of the stop lights are just blinking yellow and you won't have to stop. Getting back might require you to ride sidewalks or ride through neighborhoods due to heavy traffic.

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    Here is a special Detroit commuter jersey http://www.securityprousa.com/tacticalvests2.html
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    i commute from Rochester to Southfield- half rail trail, the rest on roads-
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    When I traveled from Detroit-westside to Westland I took Outer Drive to Plymouth road. It takes time to find your route thru Detroit. I suggest you take a pratice ride thru the city. Unfortunately, I noted that as soon as I entered the city at night I had to turn on my lights.

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    Wow, quick responses from everyone! Ron, I just might have to stop by for sure. Nice maddyfish, on the Detroit commuter jersey.

    Yeah, the torn up streets, and the danger involved are what keep me from doing this. There are several clinics in the area that I might end up working at, but

    I would be commuting from the Livonia area, around 10-15 miles. Best case scenario I was thinking about taking 5 mile to Greenfield (which is the clinic that I would be located at.

    Worst case scenario, I woud be heading from Livonia to Gratiot/7 mile.

    There are a few other scenarios as well.

    Does anyone have any history of commuting regulary? Good and bad?

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    I live in Livonia but commute to Farmington Hills 11 miles each way. I used Goggle Maps to find routes through neighborhhods that went through to the next mile road. Then I went high tech and bought a GPS that has street maps becuase I do not like to go the same route every time. I try to keep of the main streets unless I need to get there fast. If I were you I would try to utilize hines drive as much as possible.

    Good Luck

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    I'd have to look at a map to be sure, but if memory serves, and it would take you south, but you could take Hines to Outer Drive (not horrible in the day), or West Chicago or Ann Arbor Trail (a pretty ride at least into the city itself) east quite a way. I grew up at Plymouth and Inkster, so those were close for me. I'm thinking there was a good road between 5 and 6 Mile too, but can't remember off the top of my head. Livonia and Redford are pretty grid oriented, so there are straight shots. It gets harder in Detroit. Schoolcraft also, the service road for I-96, isn't bad.
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    Oh, and I would not ride in the city at night if you do not know the neighborhood. Had some bad experiences. Drive the routes first if you can, slowly, when you would be going into work and returning from it. Rolling stops for red lights in questionable areas, and don't get waved down for the life of you. Sure, it might be an honest question, but it might be a lot more than you bargained for as well.
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