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Detroit Bike to Work Day

Friday, May 17, 2013 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM (EDT)

Detroit, MI

Detroit Bike to Work Day

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CDetroit Bike to Work Dayelebrate national Bike to Work Day in Downtown Detroit by riding to our gathering at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Food.

Thanks to our sponors Active Blue/Blue Cross Blue Shield, Miller Canfield, American Cycle & Fitness, and Mode Shift. Through their sponorship we are able to provide a limited number of breakfast sandwiches, coffee, tea, and custom Detroit Bike to Work tote bags.

Please register only if you intend on being at the Blue Cross Blue Shield gathering. This will help us gauge how much food and giveaways to have on hand.

We have four guded routes that everyone is invited to join at any point along their route.


The Woodward route is mostly the same as in prior years.

It starts at the American Cycle & Fitness (aka Trek store) in Royal Oak just north of 12 Mile Road. We leave there at 6:10 and have the following ETAs though you're welcomed to join us anywhere along the route.

  • Royal Oak Farmer's Market: 6:25am
  • Downtown Ferndale: 6:40am
  • WSU Welcome Center: 7L35am
  • BCBS Courtyard: 8am
There are additional details on this Google Map.

The pace will be casual and we will do out best to keep everyone together.


The route is:

Get to Hines and Haggerty (H&H) (PAVED lot on EAST side of Haggerty) before 5:45

Leave from H&H as a group at 5:45 (revised from 5:30) go 13 miles to Ford road, approx 1 hour (6:45)

Rouge Bike Path (at Hines and Ford) to Evergreen/Hubbard, 1 mile

We will depart Hines and take the bike trail through Henry Ford Community College

We exit the bike path at the circular drive of the Richard Gabriel Campus Ministry, at Evergreen road and Hubbard Drive and follow us the rest of the way to Detroit.

Hubbard to Michigan, 2 miles, then to Starbucks parking lot at Oakman Blvd, 1 mile

Arrive at Starbucks approx 7:00

Leave Dearborn for Detroit 7:15, 8 miles

Arrive Detroit at 7:45

Total miles from H&H = 25.  Estimate total time = 2 Hours.  Average 12.5 mph including stops.


Route: It is a pretty straight shot down Michigan Ave into Campus Martius, then heading east to the BCBSM Courtyard rally point. We’ve created a Google map if you are unfamiliar. 

Meeting Place: Please plan to meet at Starbucks on the corner of Michigan Ave and Oakman. (Fairlane Car Wash).  For those riders from Corktown / SW Detroit – please confirm you will meet at Starbucks or planning to meet on the way in.

We leave at 7:15am, arrive at BCBSM about an hour later depending on your speed.  NOTE: The Northville Group of riders is meeting us at Starbucks approx 7:00 (see above for their complete itinerary). We will keep a moderate pace.

Return trip: We plan to ride back the same way, departing BCBSM approx. 5:30pm. Anyone is welcome to join me, but please let me know. Last year I rode back alone without any problems.

If you are alone and don’t want to ride back,  we recommend hitching it to the Smart Bus on the way home.  (because traffic is much crazier in the afternoon).  The first bus stop is  near our contractor parking lot on Congress and St. Antoine.  BUS 200.  You can get a schedule at this link, make sure to select “Route 200” and “Westbound”.  This video shows you how to use the front bike rack.  Make sure to sit near the front of the bus so as you walk out you notify the driver that you are grabbing your bike (you don’t want them to drive off with your bike).  Fare is $2

This is the route we used last year and it was pretty uneventful.


The starting point will be YMCA parking lot in St Clair Shores on Jefferson Avenue at 7am. Safe, convenient large parking lot.

According to Google Maps, it should take us approximately 1hr 15m to reach BCBSM (shown below).

We will ride along Jefferson Ave. which becomes scenic Lakeshore Drive. This is a safe biker friendly route.

Meeting a group of riders at St Ambrose Church in Grosse Pointe Park on Jefferson. It will take approx. 40 min. to arrive at the church from YMCA -

Then continue along Jefferson Avenue arriving at BCBSM Detroit Courtyard around 8:20am.

A rough draft of our route from YMCA can be viewed here:

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Blue Cross Blue Shield courtyard
600 E. Lafayette
Detroit, MI 48226

Friday, May 17, 2013 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM (EDT)

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