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National Bike to Work Day hits the Woodward corridor on Friday, May 18

This year's National Transportation Week is being centered in Detroit, and there is lots going on to commemorate that fact. (Visit our sister site, metromode, to read more about transit and alternative fuel events happening all throughout the week.)

For its part, Detroit Bikes! will hold the local version of National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19 along the Woodward corridor. From Royal Oak south to Campus Martius, with stops along the way in Ferndale, Palmer Park, New Center and Midtown, participants will roll into downtown just after 8 a.m.

Held both to draw attention to the viability of cycling as a means of transportation and to bestow a bit of group courage to the novice cycler, the event is free. Last year -- its first -- the Woodward Avenue Bike to Work drew 50 riders; event organizer Alexander Froehlich expects up to 75 this year.

On Monday, May 14, the organization held a similar ride along Michigan Avenue from Dearborn, though Southwest Detroit and Corktown, to Downtown.

They encouraged participants to ride home via bicycle or to hitch a ride on SMART buses, which are each equipped to carry two bikes.

Detroit Bikes! hosts group rides through the entire summer and fall. Check out the group's website to keep up-to-date.

Source: Alexander Froehlich, Detroit Bikes!
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

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