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Old 08-20-12, 10:45 PM   #1
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Cycling route from Detroit Metro to Grosse Pte. Woods

Would be leaving the Detroit airport about 4 pm on a weekday and riding to Grosse Pointe Woods with my Bike Friday and suitcase/trailer. I'd appreciate any recommendations on a good route to take, incl. roads leaving the airport (North Terminal).
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Would be leaving the Detroit airport about 4 pm on a weekday and riding to Grosse Pointe Woods with my Bike Friday and suitcase/trailer. I'd appreciate any recommendations on a good route to take, incl. roads leaving the airport (North Terminal).
The most simple way would be to head south of the airport to Pennsylvania Road and head east. I've not ridden this road but Adventure Cycling has. It's our Underground Railroad Bicycle Route.

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Turn left on Biddle, which becomes Jefferson. Right on Visger. Left on Fort. Shortly after you cross the grated Fort Bridge over the Route River and just past a cemetery, turn left on Woodmere. Turn Right on Vernor. <Eat Mexican food here> <Gawk at old train station> Turn right on Michigan Avenue <Eat at Slows or Mercury Bar>. Michigan Avenue ends at Campus Martius, so go right on Woodward. Go left on Jefferson, which you can take all the way to Gross Pointe Woods. Alternatively, I recommend you take the first right (Auditorium) to the Detroit RiverWalk, which parallels Jefferson.

As you might have guessed, this is not the most direct route, but it's very scenic and enjoyable with miles of bike lanes. The pavement is a bit rough on parts of Michigan near where the old Tiger Stadium was, but you'll survive.
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Thanks - I've uploaded the route to my GPS.
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Did op do the ride? How was it?
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I actually have limited riding miles on Pennsylvania west of Allen Rd. I’m not a big fan of riding on one lane roads, with or without a left-hand turn lane (for motorized vehicles to pass) with higher speed limits with limited traffic calming (lights and stop signs). What’s worse, in the sections I’m looking at, there isn’t even a left-hand turn lane except for intersections. Shoulders usually for a likely cost-saving reason, are only partly paved road (with the rest gravel) and if you’re using road tires, you want to reduce gravel and rocks you ride over.

I have a link provided at the bottom if you want to open it up first. It's of a route from Detroit Metro Airport to Grosse Pointe Woods.

I’ve usually ridden Eureka or Northline and prefer Northline—Northline and Eureka are both two lanes each way.

If you want to avoid another waste water facility, I’d avoid Pennsylvania east of Quarry Rd. (if you want to take Pennsylvania) and instead take Quarry Rd. North and take Eureka East. You could alternatively take a different route if Northline and Ford Rd. are too busy or not enough lanes for you.

Biddle Avenue is fine for cycling and Biddle/Jefferson is my “go to route.” No matter the time of day, there is limited traffic on the route because of its relative location (along a major natural and international boundary).

The rest of the route is fine for cycling, except for a small portion of Michigan Ave. (which I think fishtoes mentioned). There, I just ride on the left part of the left lane, which is paved (for the left-turn lane) as there are still bricks in place and can make for a somewhat bumpy ride. Here is a street view.

The only other part of the route I have limited riding experience is E. Jefferson. It appears to be somewhat more developed and not as hollowed out as other parts of Detroit (I again don’t live in the city, but this is just from riding a small number of times). There are three lanes each way, but I still put in taking E. Lafayette for part of the way. Lake Shore Drive is a scenic part of the route, with Lake St. Clair in full view, unobstructed (from my memory anyways) for a good portion of it. It's obviously not the most direct route (which I think fishetoes also mentioned), which is obvious by just looking at the map, but the only more direct route I can think of, which I've done about twice, is Michigan Avenue.

It's funny, because there was an article written about an actual experience of someone trying to basically do this same thing without a car, pointing to the fact of the limited choices of options of transportation, especially for someone not wanting to pay for either a rental car or high parking fees (as the 125 takes a less direct route going from the airport to Downtown), except using a bus instead of a bicycle.

They used a similar, less direct route a bus route on SMART, the same bus route I've used exclusively on a few occasions when I have taken a bus, to go to and from Detroit. I can't find the article at the moment.

1.) I have directions modified from those given above, with I believe typos corrected (turning onto Visger and then subsequently onto Fort St.) as well as some other modifications.

Here is a link to the directions. Let me know if you have any questions or comments, if you do ride it or part of it.

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