Hey all, I've convinced a few buddies of mine that we should do an all day ride from East Lansing to Detroit (partly for fun, partly for a charity). Most seemed pumped about the adventure but a few are worried that we'll end up in a bad neighborhood and get shot / stabbed / mugged / etc. I'm guessing biking through during the day is fairly safe but if there are any knowledgeable Detroit bikers out there I would love to know:
(1) If we stay north of I-696 and head to St. Clair Shores instead of downtown, do we avoid all those "bad neighborhoods" and just hit safe (boring) suburbs?
(2) If I can convince them to be a bit daring and head towards downtown, are there areas I should definitely avoid because of crime or traffic?
Thanks in advance!
(FYI: I already downloaded the Muskegon to Detroit map from the League of Michigan Bicyclists and am just looking for a 2nd opinion)