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Motor-City's cycling network now in development


May 24, 2016 Culture, Lifestyle

Detroit Bike is now online. The site is designed so that local cyclists can stay connected with one another.

The site is designed to bring local cyclists together so that local cyclists can more easily collaborate locally. The site gives members the ability to find one another easily by location, ride style, interests or whatever. The site also is setup with a cool calender and a wiki that enables locals to find rides, events and detailed information.

One of the main features of the site are the blogs. The blogs are setup to allow specific members the ability to share stories and start conversations about events or specific interests.

The site is currently in development. There are many changes and additions that need to be made. With your help we can move this project along at a quicker pace. If you would like to be involved with the project please contact the site's Aaron Lad or the site's administrator. Thanks!




Other Blogs

  • 04 Apr 2017
    Registration for Wayne State's cycling event, "The Baroudeur" is now open! The Baroudeur is a fun, noncompetitive event that gives riders of all abilities an opportunity to explore Detroit and surrounding area on two wheels while helping economically disadvantaged students pursue higher education. The Baroudeur offers three routes to accommodate riders of all experience levels. Ranging from 20 miles all the way up to the 100 mile century ride, The Baroudeur will take you to some of Detroit and Southeast Michigan's most iconic sights and landmarks. Baroudeur means fighter or warrior in French. It is a term used in cycling for riders not afraid to break away from the peloton and do things on their own, even if they might be an underdog. In Paul Fournel's collection of cycling essays, Vélo, he describes baroudeurs as "adventurers, opportunists and chancers. They do not seek the love of their colleagues in the peloton, but strain at the leash, pushing against convention, experimenting and taking risks. They are generalists and polymaths, adept at multiple disciplines." Read more about The Baroudeur in the directory.
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  • 06 May 2017
    Business Insider, Matthew DeBord ― When I learned to drive, cars were pretty easy to understand: they ran on gas, which was fairly cheap, and they had radios.  Other transportation options were limited to boats, buses, trains, planes, and motorcycles. If you lived in a big city, you got around using mass transit and your feet. Fast forward a few decades and the types of transportation are essentially the same, but the automobile has been radically remade by technology and the auto industry is being roiled by everything from electric vehicles and self-driving cars to ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. The biggest change to air travel has been the cost, which has come way down since I was 16. Obviously, I cover transportation and have had a front-row seat for the last decade as a deluge of change has arrived. You might think that if I were to look back, I'd say that the electric car is the biggest change I've seen. Tesla is a $50-billion-market-cap company after all — larger by that measure that Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles! But you'd be wrong. By far the biggest transportation change I've seen is the explosion in bicycle riding. I lived away from the New York area over a decade ago, and while I rode a bike when I lived in NYC, I was unprepared for the proliferation of bikes on my return. Bikes, bikes, everywhere Bike-sharing schemes like CitiBike have two-wheeled conveyances scattered throughout Manhattan. And although everybody in the 1990s got used to dodging bike messengers, nowadays we dodge commuters — or folks who just want to ride across the Brooklyn Bridge. There are bike lanes everywhere — and bike-oriented traffic signals. People ride their bikes year round, rain, shine, sleet, or snow.  I feel as if there are now as many bike shops as there once were Greek coffee shops and dive bars.  This change isn't limited to New York. Cycling has boomed in many other American cities. Whole new genres of bicycles have arrived: bikes with electric-assist motors, bikes with extra carrying capacity (the SUVs of bikes), sleek fixies, fat-tired cruisers, throwback hybrid bikes. This has quietly become a big deal. Whereas 20 years ago, you took your life into your own hands if you tried to ride from New York's Upper East Side to Midtown, these days a vast flotilla of bikes has been integrated into the city's transportation ecosystem. "More than three-quarters of a million New Yorkers ride a bike regularly—250,000 more than just five years ago." the NYC Department of Transportation said in its "Cycling in the City" report. It is estimated that over 450,000 cycling trips are made each day in New York City—triple the amount taken 15 years ago." Honestly, I didn't see this coming, but I'm glad it did. Some changes on transportation are disorienting. But this one is welcome.
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  • 09 May 2017, Amy Biolchini Grand Rapids city officials are working to make sure the next generation of motorists understand local bicycle safety laws. The city's education materials on local laws are being included in the curriculum at 11 driver's education schools in West Michigan in 2017, officials announced Monday May 8th. "It's vital to help new student-drivers grow their understanding of the proper interactions and responsibilities between motorists and bicyclists in traffic, as well as to help Grand Rapids build a culture of mutual respect between bicyclists and motorists that, ultimately, reduces crashes," said the city's Traffic Safety Manager Chris Zull of the driver's education schools. City officials are hoping educating new drivers about local laws - especially the city's five-foot passing rule for bicycles - will help reduce future crashes. Grand Rapids passed a law in 2015 to that requires drivers keep at least five feet between their vehicle and the bicyclist they are passing. Bicyclists in Grand Rapids are also required to have a white light on the front of their bike and red reflector or light on the back of their bike if riding at night. The lights must be visible from a distance of 500 feet, or the length of a city block. Kalamazoo adopted a similar five-foot law in September 2016, and Ann Arbor followed suit in December 2016. This year, Grand Rapids law enforcement officials are focusing their efforts on the danger that comes with bicyclists riding on the sidewalk - a practice that's illegal in most parts of downtown Grand Rapids. Police say bicyclists are more visible when they ride in the street with the flow of traffic, as opposed to riding on the sidewalks or against the flow of traffic.
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  • 24 Apr 2017 — The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) is thrilled to announce a new Micro-Grant Program. The Micro-Grant Program is designed to provide financial assistance to individuals and organizations that are activly implementing and driving creative projects that promote bicycling and safety for cyclists on the Michigan transit landscape. Micro-Grant funds will be awarded annually in May in celebration of National Bike Month. Grants range from $200 to $2000. The Micro-Grants are small by design in order to support innovation and encourage groups who may have limited resources to dedicate towards development. Micro-Grant funds can be used to support start-up projects or to help existing efforts reach their next milestone. The application and reporting processes are designed to be short, simple, and unintimidating. In 2017, LMB will grant up to $12,000 in Micro-Grants. The Micro-Grants are funded by the proceeds of LMB Tours. Micro-grant funds are open to all Michigan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Individuals, clubs, or other entities without an official 501(c)(3) designation will be considered if accompanied by a fiscal sponsorship agreement with an established nonprofit. Grant applications from LMB members are given highest priority. If you or your organization are not currently a member, please consider joining in conjunction with your application or at How To Apply: To apply, please download and complete a LMB Micro-Grant Application. Completed applications must be forwarded via email to with a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) designation letter or fiscal sponsorship agreement letter. Optional additional documents, such as letters of support, may also be submitted via email. Grant applications will be accepted until May 5th, 2017. Micro-Grant awardees will be notified by May 12. Micro-Grant funds will be distributed at a ceremony during LMB’s Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day on May 24th at the State Capitol. Read More about the Grant Opportunity @
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