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Made in Detroit: Energy, Optimism and the Resurgence of America’s Motor City

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The metamorphosis of the Rust Belt centers has become America’s latest genuine epoch, like the rush to the West in the 19th century or the spread of American suburbia in the 1950s and 60s. Among the traits of this resurgence, the diminishing role of the motor car in favor of walkable and bikeable neighborhoods is perhaps the most enduring. In Detroit, the Dequindre Cut, the Detroit RiverWalk and the Conner Creek Greenway, three still-expanding sections of an envisioned trail network, are perhaps the most heralded public responses to this shift.

Slow Roll started with modest ambitions but soon captured the rising swell of energy for biking and local exploration … grassroots buzz has turned this casual Monday night ride into a phenomenon involving up to 1,600 riders exploring neighborhoods, art projects, community gardens, historic buildings and local businesses.

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Hour Detroit: DETROIT RIDES!

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Find out why Monday nights in Detroit are a celebration of cycling, community, and the city.

Detroit may have been built around the automotive industry, but as the Motor City looks ahead on the road to recovery, its streets aren’t filling with cars, but motor-less, pedal-powered, two-wheeled machines. From manufacturers and mechanics to Monday night Slow Roll, Detroit’s becoming a bike town — and it’s just barely gotten rid of its training wheels.

The Rapid Rise of Slow Roll
Five years ago, Monday night in Detroit were just like any other, now they’re a celebration of cycling, community, and the city.
Without the ‘Squad,’ Slow Roll wouldn’t exist
Booze Cruise
Where there are bikes, there is beer.Gearing Up
Detroit Bikes owner wants to get American-made bike manufacturing back on a roll

Wrenching for a Ride
Detroit nonprofit Back Alley Bikes offers opportunities for youth (and adults) to build, repair, and ride bikes… and have fun in the process

For more about Slow Roll Monday Nights, visit www.slowroll.bike

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2015 Slow Roll Detroit Season Opens Sunday, March 29

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The new season starts when the group meets at Detroit’s Eastern Market, on March 29 at noon.  The Roll departs at 1 p.m.

Slow Roll is a weekly Monday night group bicycle ride. Started by Detroit Bike City Co-Founders Jason Hall and Mike MacKool back in 2010. Slow Roll has grown into Michigan’s largest weekly bike ride and has expanded to 8 cities so far. Slow Roll is for everyone, all ages and types of bikes, with a slow pace that’s geared to keep everyone together and safe. A welcoming group of Detroiters provide for lots of positive energy and an amazing community.

This year participants must be members of Slow Roll to defray the cost of permits, police support for traffic control, event insurance and more. A basic membership is $10 per season. That’s right – 30 rides for ten bucks (only 33 cents per week!). No one will be turned away if they can’t pay. For details visit www.slowroll.bike/memberships.

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Detroit Hosts Second annual North American Bicycle Week

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This week (March 25-29) Detroit plays host to the second annual North American Bicycle Week (NABW), a week long festival celebrating the culture, community, and healthy lifestyle of bicycling.

Every day of NABW includes a variety of group rides, exhibitions, races, classes, demos, movies, panel discussions, talks and seminars … all leading up to Saturday’s North American Bicycle Show (at Cobo Hall) and Sunday’s Slow Roll Season Opener, noon to 5 p.m. at Detroit’s Eastern Market.

Nationally recognized leaders in the cycling industry will host open forums to discuss regional and national cycling policies and initiatives that affect the bicycle industry on both a participant and enthusiast level.

Slow Roll is a weekly Monday night group bicycle ride. Started by Detroit Bike City Co-Founders Jason Hall and Mike MacKool in 2010, Slow Roll has grown into Michigan’s largest weekly bike ride and has expanded to 8 cities so far. Slow Roll is for everyone, all ages and types of bikes, with a slow pace that’s geared to keep everyone together and safe.

For info on NABW visit www.noam.bike For details on Slow Roll Detroit and this year’s schedule visit www.slowroll.bike.

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VIDEO: “Under the Radar” takes a (very) colorful visit to Detroit

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Under The Radar Michigan, the popular PBS television program, recently visited Detroit …

“The Motor City is revamping, refueling and reenergizing itself with tons of urbanites who want to invest in a better future for themselves, and this great city. You don’t have to look hard to find hard evidence of this great renaissance. And the harder you look … the harder it is to leave once you get here.”

In this episode (http://utrmichigan.com/episodes/episode-504/) you’ll experience the show’s unique, humorous profiles of:

Detroit City FC, the minor league soccer team that plays at the City’s Cass Technical High School and Northern Guard Supporters, the team’s (very) passionate, creative, and colorful support group.

Detroit Bike City‘s Slow Roll, the group bicycle ride that takes a unique route through the city each week.

Mudgie’s, the artisan deli in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood

Signal-Return, the letterpress studio operating in Eastern Market, and

Supino Pizzeria, serving up Sicilian-style pizzas in Eastern Market.

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