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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.

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.

 

Royal Oak Bike Clinic at Royal Oak Farmers Market

May 18, 2014

  • Address: Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road
  • Time: 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-546-7622

Swing by to get your family bikes' tires inflated or fixed (if they're flat), brakes adjusted, squeaky chains lubed and more. Plus, kids can decorate bikes, take a family-friendly bike ride to Grant Park, free kids helmets for ages 1-14 (while supplies last), door prizes, food and drink for purchase and awesome tricks by top BMX bicyclists and skateboarders at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Kiwanis Bill Hoehn Bicycle Safety Rodeo & Family Safety Fair at Whispering Woods in Shelby Township

June 1, 2014

  • Address: Whispering Woods, 11000 21 Mile Road, Shelby Township
  • Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 586-731-5556 (talk to Rob Peterson)

The Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township pulls out the stops for this 26th annual, including prizes for best decorated bikes, helmet giveaways (while supplies last), educational/safety experiences led by Shelby's police and fire crew, food and plenty of fun.

Bike PATH: Pedaling Toward Health at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township

June 1, 2014

  • Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Times: 10 a.m./25-mile advanced ride, 11 a.m./10-mile athletic ride, 12:30 p.m./two-mile ride (ages 13-plus), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m./two-mile ride (ages 12 and under)
  • Costs: $30/25-mile, 10-mile and two-mile for 13-plus, $15/two-mile 12 and under (with T-shirt), free/two-mile 12 and under (no T-shirt), $7/parking
  • Phone: 586-218-5269

This big community event features a variety of rides to take, plus raffles, prizes, children's activities, a bicycle parade, refreshments and more.

Passport to Safety at Livonia Police Department

June 7, 2014

  • Address: Livonia Police Department, 15050 Farmington Road, Livonia
  • Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 734-466-2900

Bike safety is one of the stations involved in this kids' safety event that also features 911 training, auto safety, computer safety and more for a total of nine fun, informative stations. Includes giveaways, food and music.

Motor City Bike Ride at Belle Isle Park in Detroit

July 19, 2014

  • Address: Belle Isle, Shed 10, Detroit
  • Time: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (7:30 a.m. is open registration, 10 a.m. is family ride, 11 a.m. is post-ride fun)
  • Cost: $50/adults, $25/kids, $11/Michigan Recreation Passport to enter Belle Isle, highly encouraged (there's also street parking)
  • Phone: 313-227-7946

This event includes a family bike ride, along with casual and "athletes" rides – plus a barbecue, children's activities and a DJ. Sponsored by Danialle Karmanos Work it Out; proceeds benefit this Detroit nonprofit, which focuses on a yoga-based approach to reducing kids anxiety and obesity and boosting self esteem.

Future Fighters & Junior Deputies Camp at Marvin Blank Senior Center in Macomb Township

Aug. 4-8, 2014

  • Address: Marvin Blank Senior Center, 51210 Alma Drive, Macomb Township
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: $45/Macomb Township residents, $50/nonresidents
  • Phone: 586-992-2900

Bike safety is actually just one part of this fun five-day (Monday-Friday) summer "camp" just for ages 5-7. They'll also explore fire safety, seat belt safety and explore loads of safety-related activities and crafts.

Birmingham Bike Festival at Shain Park

Aug. 24, 2014

  • Address: Downtown Birmingham area and Shain Park (at South Bates and Merrill streets)
  • Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free/kids race and spectators, $45/most participants

This day of racing and fun includes categories for kids ages 10-14 and 15-18, plus a variety of options for adults. There's also a free "Kids Race" for those up to age 14 where every racer gets a prize. Also features a bike parade for children with disabilities and a kids fair with games, prizes and a bounce house.

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