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Old 10-11-05, 07:12 AM   #1
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Finding good cycling roads about Detroit.

I am visiting the Greater Detroit area for a week..Have my bikes along with me. My questions..How to find good cycling roads about Detroit..any cycling advocacy organizations who can help out in finding such. I am in the Belleville area . any good cycling roads about these parts..Can I just get up and ride from my motel or do I need transport my bike to a 'safe ' area.. I would like to ride from Belleville area to like Monroe on Lake Erie. one ride that comes to mind..
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I am visiting the Greater Detroit area for a week..Have my bikes along with me. My questions..How to find good cycling roads about Detroit..any cycling advocacy organizations who can help out in finding such. I am in the Belleville area . any good cycling roads about these parts..Can I just get up and ride from my motel or do I need transport my bike to a 'safe ' area.. I would like to ride from Belleville area to like Monroe on Lake Erie. one ride that comes to mind..
I can't speak for areas south and south east of Detroit, but...

The Ann Arbor area has some terrific cycling, both on roads and MUP's. Also, it has a very active bike community. I lived there for 5 years or so, and while I wasn't a roadie I pretty much exclusively got around commuting on my converted MTB. It's a beautiful place. Rides between A2 and Dexter along the Huron River come to mind, and you might be able to link Bellville to Ypsilanti to Ann Arbor fairly easily. Do a search for southeast Michigan Bke rides and you'll kick up a lot of resources.

A note- In Michigan (as in most places, as I think about it) cars are king, and don't always yield bikes the room to which they're entitled. Ride with caution, especially if alone.
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i did a 'detroit cycling' search on Google. The first couple pages of GOogle were of no help.
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i did a 'detroit cycling' search on Google. The first couple pages of GOogle were of no help.
Yeah- Google searches can certainly be , uh, selective. Sometimes it takes some familiarity with the area you're interested in.

Ann Arbor cycling yields some good results including this one- http://www.aabts.org/maps/, on which rides are listed by length (the number at the end of the listing is distance). Also check with local bike shops. Here's a potentially useful link- http://bicycling.about.com/library/clubs/blclubmi.htm. and here's one for a bike forum based in Ypsilanti, right down the road from Belleville- http://bicyclesintown.com/bikespeak/index.cfm?forumid=1


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Slooney ..thanks. you certainly did some great research for me..
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Slooney ..thanks. you certainly did some great research for me..
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Hi there,

Try the Wolverine Website for a listing of group rides open to the public. I've done a couple in the past, and they are a lot of fun. The routes are generally through neighborhoods, and along main roadways with little traffic. The best part is the nice people you'll meet who have the same interests in cycling as you.

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http://www.lmb.org/wsc/

Click on the link above that says "rides"
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I think the earlier poster alluding to the superiority complex of Motor City motorists was being far too diplomatic. I cycled for years in NYC and while no picnic, motorists at least grudgingly acknowledged a bicyclists right to be 'on' the road, just not in their way. In Detroit, Royal Oak, Clawson and environs I was actively heckled and run off the road more than once despite there being plenty of room on the roads. Most of my acquaintances expressed wonder that I wanted to ride in the road and said they believed bicycles belonged on the sidewalks "that's why they had those ramps at the curbs". Finally after being cornered and screamed at for the last time by an irate Detroit motorist I stopped cycling and didn't resume until I moved to Oregon. If ever there is a place that knows how to treat cyclists its Oregon (and Washington) too bad about the weather.

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Old 10-12-05, 11:37 PM   #9
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Driving about the outstate countryside today..Was surprised how many roads have wide shoulders here in outstate Michigan..Great scenery out there too...
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Driving about the outstate countryside today..Was surprised how many roads have wide shoulders here in outstate Michigan..Great scenery out there too...

Yeah, beautiful region! Ever since your query I've been missing the Michigan fall.
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driving around Holland & Lake Michigan- well, Mich. is a beautiful state..Do miss Calif. sunshine tho. Jury is still out as to how bike friendly the state is however.
ps...Southern Mich. colors still in developmental stage...I'd say no more than 20% of trees have turned to their fall glory so far.Last SAt. the sun was as bright as California's.
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ps...Southern Mich. colors still in developmental stage...I'd say no more than 20% of trees have turned to their fall glory so far.Last SAt. the sun was as bright as California's.
If you go about two hours north of Detroit where I am, the color is much better right now. Detroit area is probably about two weeks away.
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Past two days did a measly 46 miles. Better than nothing..Riding adjacent the Huron River in Ann Arbor. Loved the cool crishp , sunny fall with a smattering of fall foliage. Wide shoulders were fairly common..Roads a bit rougher than I am used to...And I stopped by an apple orchard..It was delicious. Natural red too.
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