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Heading to Detroit

I’ll be in Detroit for a couple of days for a friends wedding. If anyone has Bicycle connections there, please send them my way.

I did find this one article in the NY Times about an amazing bike coop there which I will try and check out.

Op-Ed Contributor
Bike Among the Ruins
By TOBY BARLOW
Published: July 4, 2009
05bikespan (illustration by: Esther Pearl Watson)

DETRIOT
ONE night a little over a year ago, crossing Woodward Avenue, I crashed my bicycle. As I flew head over heels across Detroit’s main boulevard, I thought, well, in any other town, I’d be hitting a car right about now. But this being the Motor City, the street was deserted, completely motor-free.

While bike enthusiasts in most urban areas continue to have to fight for their place on the streets, Detroit has the potential to become a new bicycle utopia. It’s a town just waiting to be taken. With well less than half its peak population, and free of anything resembling a hill, the city and its miles and miles of streets lie open and empty, beckoning. And lately, whether it’s because of the economy or the price of gas or just because it’s a nice thing to do, there are a lot more bikers out riding.

Read the rest of Toby’s op-ed piece here.
Bike Coop: The Hub of Detroit

1 comment to Heading to Detroit

  • Joe

    Hey, that’s us!

    If you ever happen by Recycle-a-Bicycle, Chelsea over there is one of our former collective members, too.

    Thanks for the link, we’ll see you soon!