I’m an advocate of safe urban and suburban cycling and have worked with the City of Dearborn to pass the 5ft Safe Passing law in September 2017. I currently lead the Healthy Dearborn Walk n Roll between May and October which attract hundreds of participants each month.
I was honored to receive the League of Michigan Bicyclists 2018 Bicycle Advocate Award and the Sierra Club of SE Michigan’s Green Cruiser of the Year Award this year for my work in the city of Dearborn.
I love working with new cyclists to help teach safe riding practices and laws as they apply to cyclists as well as sharing the pure enjoyment of rolling on two wheels!
Rouge Gateway Trail
Rouge Gateway Trailhead - Rouge Gateway Trail, Dearborn MI
With it's trailhead right across from the John Dingell Transit Center and close proximity to West Downtown Dearborn, it's easy to go as far as you want before turning back and hitting a favorite restaurant for a post-ride meal. The trail is about 2.7 miles long and links directly to Hines Drive.
Hines Drive Parkway
Edward N Hines Drive - Westland, MI USA
Dearborn to Northville You can choose to road cycle on it's wide should as many cyclists do or take the off-road paved multi-use pathway. Stop along the way to grab a bite!
Belle Isle - Detroit, MI USA
The Isle has an outer perimeter road with bike lane that is just a little over 6 miles long. Loop it once or more. Explore the inner roads that lead to ponds and lagoons for kayaking as well as attractions such as the Belle Isle Aquarium, Anna Scripps Conservatory, and large playground for the kids.
Dequindre Cut Greenway
Dequindre Cut Greenway - Detroit, MI USA
If you like to ride and view urban art murals, you won't be disappointed!
Lower Huron, Willow, and Oakwoods Metroparks
Lower Huron Metropark - E Huron River Dr, Belleville MI
Great off road paved pathways (multi-use). The riding options are endless. Ride through one or all three parks. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can plan a 70 mile ride starting at the Trailhead for the Rouge Gateway and take Hines Drive to the 275 trail to directly to Willow Metro Park with an out and back route.
Woodmere Cemetery - West Fort Street, Detroit MI
The serene winding roads and the wealth of history that lays within the gates of Woodmere, Elmwood, and Mt. Olivet cemeteries will have you stopping often to research.
Dearborn - MI, USA
While Dearborn lacks bicycle infrastructure at this time, you can still get anywhere you need to within the city by bike without needing to go on high speed/high volume roads. With easy links to Detroit via Michigan Ave to Corktown (bike lanes start at Livernois) or the Dix/Vernor corridor in the south end of Dearborn to southwest Detroit. Note: The City of Dearborn is currently drafting a Multi-Modal Transportation Plan that addresses first and foremost safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
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