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Family Bike Events and Fun in Southeast Michigan

From safety rodeos to rides, find events that kids and parents can enjoy. Try these 2014 activities in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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Biking is old-school fun – and, frankly, it's on a roll in metro Detroit. Whether you've learned how to navigate your community's bike lanes or prefer two- (or three- or four-) wheeling it around your neighborhood or down a local trail, there are plenty of opportunities to get some exercise, enjoy the warm weather and, of course, spend a little family time together. We breezed around the region to find a few fun bike-centered events happening in summer of 2014 we think you'll dig. Don't forget the helmets!

Saturday in the Park on Hines Drive in Westland

May 3-Sept. 27, 2014 (Saturdays only)

  • Address: Hines Park from Helms Haven Picnic Area (west of Outer Drive) to Nankin Mills (near Ann Arbor Trail)
  • Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 734-261-1990

Whether you'd like to bike, walk or skate, you can literally do it in the middle of the road – safely! – at this annual summer event, where Hines Drive is closed down to traffic for six miles.

Family Rides at Willow Metropark in New Boston

May 8-Oct. 30, 2014 (Thursdays only)

  • Address: Willow Metropark, 22900 Huron River Drive, New Boston
  • Time: check ahead for details
  • Cost: check ahead for details
  • Phone: 734-484-2758

Designed to include kids of all ability levels, these weekly rides, hosted by Programs to Educate all Cyclists, include two loops (the first about four miles at an even pace; the second, if you choose, is a bit more hilly). Favorites include a mid-July "Ice Cream Ride" and "Spooky Rides" in October.

Kiwanis Children's Cycling Clinic in Downtown Mount Clemens

May 10, 2014

  • Address: Downtown Mount Clemens in front of ABC Magic Shop, 69 N. Walnut St., Mount Clemens
  • Time: Noon-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 586-242-8960 (talk to president Chuck D'Luge)

This fun day includes a bike obstacle course, tune-ups, a decoration station, face painting, parade with Rosco the Clown, bike giveaway (two for girls and two for boys), goody bags (while supplies last) and free bike helmets for kids ages 3-10.

Bike Rodeo at Novi Civic Center Campus

May 12, 2014

  • Address: Novi Civic Center Campus, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road, Novi
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-347-0473

As part of its celebration of National Bike Month, Novi offers this event for kids ages 5-12. Kids meet members of the local police department and visit stations for bike inspections, "start and stops" and "Rock Dodge," too. Children take home a prize. Bring bike and helmet.

Bike Night in Downtown Ferndale

May 15, 2014

  • Address: Kids activities by the Ferndale DDA, 149 W. Nine Mile Road
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-546-1632

This event is geared at inspiring everyone to ride their bikes to town. Kids can bring their helmets for a free adjustment, and little Ferndalians can get a bike license from the city's police. (A bike ride, geared at adults, departs from the Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop, 163 N. Nine Mile Road.)

Bike Safety Day at Drake Sports Park in West Bloomfield

May 17, 2014

  • Address: Drake Sports Park, 6801 Drake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-451-1900

This event for kids ages 3-12 includes bike inspections, free bike helmets (first 350 children), bike helmet sizing, a three-station bike safety course, fun giveaways, chance to meet a police officer and a "frozen treat" for completing a bike safety course.

Bike Rodeo at Geary Park in Ferndale

May 17, 2014

  • Address: Geary Park, 1198 Earle Blvd., Ferndale
  • Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-544-6767

Kids are welcome to this bicycle safety check and riding skills test where they're even fitted properly with new helmets. Ferndale residents get free bike licenses, too. Be sure to take a fire safety house tour.

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