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Earth Day In Detroit: Motor City Becomes Cycle City – Forbes

Before Henry Ford made cars, he rode bicycles. And now, bicyclists are staking their claim in the Motor City.

Racing enthusiasts have brought back a long-abandoned velodrome. Cycling are gaining members, including one called Grown Men on Bikes, which has its own theme song. It’s easy to find a bike tour and tourism officials even took journalists on a ride around Detroit last year.

On Sunday, which is Earth Day, the Detroit Tigers are jumping on the bandwagon. The team is hosting its first Ride to the Ballpark event, testing its theory that those people riding around the city also like to go to ball games. “Detroit has a very cool, strong cyclist culture,” Eli Bayless, the Tigers’ director of promotions and in-game operations, told our public media project Changing Gears.

The Tigers aren’t the first to do this: the Houston Astros kicked off the bike to the ballpark trend last May, the inspiration for what’s going on in Detroit. But it’s a reflection of how far cycling culture has come in the Motor City.

On Sunday, the Tigers are offering a $14 package that includes an upper deck ticket to the game, and a ticket for a bicycle valet. Cyclists will pull up to Columbia Plaza in front of Comerica Park’s Gate A entrance, to check their bikes, and collect them after the game.

via Earth Day In Detroit: Motor City Becomes Cycle City – Forbes.

Strange Random Cycle Quote:

For instance, the bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created: Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand miles per gallon. – Bill Strickland, The Quotable Cyclist

 

 

 

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