The 2017 Detroit Bike to Work Day (#BTWD) will be Friday, May 19th!
We very excited to announce our 2017 title sponsor, Henry Ford LiveWell. Henry Ford LiveWell is Henry Ford Health System’s wellness center of excellence and aims to optimize the well-being of Henry Ford employees, patients and community members. Riding a bike to work is certainly one way to improve well-being. Studies show those who bike or walk to work lose weight and have significant reductions in BMI.
Other event sponsors include the office of Detroit Council member Scott Benson, Alliance for the Great Lakes, American Cycle and Fitness, Blue Cross Blue Shield Active Blue, Detroit Future City, KIND, MoGo Bike Share, Wayne State University, Whole Foods and Wheelhouse Detroit. As in prior years, we'll have morning group rides starting in the suburbs and converging Downtown. Since not everyone works downtown, there are two additional pit stops. All three gathering spots are open from 7am to 9am.Here are your options!
- Spirit of Detroit statute on Woodward at Jefferson. Free bike parking is provided by Wheelhouse Detroit from 7am to 6pm.
- Old Main at Cass and Warren hosted by Wayne State University.
- New Center Park at Second and W. Grand Boulevard hosted by Henry Ford Health System
There will be free snacks, coffee, vendors, local discounts and giveaways at these locations for those participating. The first 200 registered participants get an event shirt, Whole Foods tote bag, and extra giveaways.
Looking for a place to shower after riding to work? Fitness Works next to New Center Park has agreed to open their doors during this event. Just bring a photo ID and a lock.
Below is a tentative map and schedule showing the routes and estimated arrival times for the groups. This is subject to change. Of course you're not obligated to chose one of these routes, but it's a fun option for many.
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This SEMCOG event encourages eco-friendly commuting, such as taking the bus, car- or van-pooling, biking, walking and telecommuting to reduce our carbon footprint, free up traffic congestion and promote our own health. Participants can earn prizes. Visit the Detroit Commuter Challenge web site for more information.
Big thanks to Detroit Synergy and all their volunteers for starting this event in 2006 when biking events in Detroit were always ambitious yet often modest in size.