Parks & Nature Centers Family Bike Events and Fun in Southeast Michigan If you are looking for a family-friendly thrill, check out some of these 2016 bike rides, shows and safety rodeos in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. « Previous Next » Christina Clark • April 22, 2016 1 Comment Tweet Are you looking for a fun way to get some exercise? Biking is a great way to keep healthy, and it’s on quite the roll in metro Detroit. Whether you are just starting out and figuring out your community’s bike lanes, or are a more experienced rider who likes to navigate back wood biking trails, there are plenty of events in metro Detroit for any level of biker. Here, you will find some of the region’s best 2016 bike-centered events, so grab your helmet, take a peek and find the right one for you. Ann Arbor Classic Bicycle Show and Swap Meet at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds April 24, 2016 Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $5/ages 10-plus, free/kids under 10 Phone: 248-642-6639 This 36-year-old event features over 9,000 bikes and electric-powered mini-bikes on display, a show bike contest, vendors, door prizes and more. Family Rides at Willow Metropark in New Boston April 28-Oct. 20, 2016 (Thursdays only) Address: Willow Metropark, 23200 S. Huron Road, New Boston Time: check ahead for details Cost: check ahead for details Phone: 734-484-2758 These weekly rides, hosted by Programs to Educate All Cyclists, offer an 8-mile route for families to bike together, along with themed rides throughout spring, summer and fall. (Rides are intended for students or alumni of PEAC programs). Metro Grand Spring Tour at Willow Metropark May 1, 2016 Address: Willow Metropark pool center, 23200 S. Huron Road, New Boston Time: 8 a.m. Cost: Individual: $20/advance, $20/after April 20; families: $50/advance, $60/after April 20. Phone: 734-282-6816 (ask for David) This 33-year-old tour takes riders through Wayne County’s southwest side, near the Huron River and down country roads. Choose from 25, 50-75 and 100-mile routes that are paved or gravel. Pre-registration required and a breakfast follows the rides. Bike Ypsi at Recreation Park May 1, 2016 Address: 1017 Congress St., Ypsilanti Time: 10 a.m. Cost: Free Phone: 734-358-3121 This 8th annual offers a 15-mile leisure ride through the city, and 30- and 40-mile rides, which aim to challenge. A cookout follows the rides. Cycle into Spring at Maheras Gentry Park May 7, 2016 Address: 12550 Avondale St., Detroit Time: 7 a.m./packet pickup, 9 a.m./ride starts Cost: $30/ride, $40/ride and lunch, $15/lunch only Phone: 734-748-4270 Enjoy a 20-mile ride from the Detroit River to Eight Mile Road and back, through green spaces, neighborhoods and past schools and shops. An optional lunch catered by Slow’s To Go and Organaman follows. Saturdays in the Park on Hines Drive in Westland May 7 -Sept. 24, 2016 (Saturdays only) Address: Hines Park from Outer Drive to Ann Arbor Trail Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: Free Phone: 734-261-1990 A six-mile stretch of Hines Drive is closed to traffic every Saturday this summer for walkers, skaters and bike riders to enjoy. Kiwanis Children’s Cycling Clinic in Downtown Mount Clemens May 7, 2016 Address: Downtown Mount Clemens on Macomb Place (across from the Anton Art Center) Time: noon-2 p.m. Cost: Free Phone: 586-242-8960 (talk to president Chuck D’Luge) The Kiwanis Club of Mount Clemens presents a day of biking fun, which includes a bike obstacle course and decorating station, face painting, fun with Rosco the Clown and much more. Bike Night and Rodeo in Downtown Ferndale May 19, 2016 Address: Schiffer Park area, Ferndale Time: 4-8 p.m. Cost: Free Phone: 248-546-1632 Ride your bike to town for some biking fun, which includes helmet adjustments, skills tests, free bike licenses, and visits from local safety officials. Bike Rodeo at Lakeshore Park May 23, 2016 Address: Lakeshore Park, 601 S. Lake Drive, Novi Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: Free Phone: 248-347-0400 This celebration of National Bike Month offers fun for kids ages 5-12. Kids will meet members of the Novi Police Department and visit stations for free bike inspections, all in collaboration with the Motor City Mountain Bike Association. Kiwanis Bill Hoehn Bicycle Safety Rodeo & Family Safety Fair at Whispering Woods in Shelby Township June 5, 2016 Address: Whispering Woods, 11000 21 Mile Road, Shelby Township Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: Free Phone: 586-731-5556 (ask for Rob Peterson) The Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township puts on this 28-year-old event, which includes prizes for the best decorated bikes, bike education and safety exercise, and a helmet giveaway. You’ll get to meet members of Shelby’s police and fire crews, too. 2016 Michigan Tour de Cure at Washtenaw Community College June 11, 2016 Address: Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor Time: 6:30 a.m./100-mile, 8 a.m./62-mile, 9 a.m./40-mile, 10:15 a.m./20 mile, 11:15 a.m./10-mile Cost: $20/advance, $25/after April 1, $200/minimum fundraising Phone: 248-433-3830, ext. 6694 (ask for Leslie) This 25-year-old event aims to end diabetes, and offers 10, 20, 40, 62 and 100-mile routes. Passport to Safety at Livonia Police Department June 11, 2016 Address: Livonia Police Department, 15050 Farmington Road, Livonia Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: Free Phone: 734-466-2400 Kids ages 5-14 will learn how to stay safe while riding their bikes, learn first aid, be fitted for a bike helmet, and test their skills on the safety track. Rouge-A-Thlon at Rouge Park June 25, 2016 Address: Rouge Park, 11701 Burt Road, Detroit Time: 8 a.m. Cost: $75/regular ticket, $125/VIP Ticket Phone: 313-837-5900 Register: ASAP in advance; only 250 spaces available This “duathlon” combines running and cycling to form one huge event that includes a 5K run, a 10K bike ride, and a second 5K run to the finish line – all in support of Friends of Rouge Park. Future Fighters & Junior Deputies Camp at Macomb Township Fire Station 3 Aug. 1-5, 2016 Address: Macomb Township Fire Station 3, 47711 North Ave., Macomb Time: 9 a.m.-noon Cost: $50/Macomb Township residents, $60/non-residents Phone: 586-992-2900 This fun camp will teach kids ages 5-7 about bike safety, fire safety and seatbelt safety – with loads of safety-related activities and crafts. Tour De Troit Ride at Roosevelt Park Sept. 17, 2016 Address: Roosevelt Park, Vernor Highway, Detroit Time: 7 a.m./62-mile ride, 9 a.m./30-mile ride Cost: 30-mile ride: $50/May 1-Aug. 31, $60/Sept. 1-9; 62-mile ride: $50/Jan 1-April 30, $60/May 1 until sold out Contact: tour-de-troit.org This 15-year-old event offers a leisurely 30-mile main ride for beginners, and a 62-mile ride for more experienced bikers, and takes participants through the historic neighborhoods of the city. Royal Classic Bike Swap Meet at the Royal Oak Farmers Market Sept. 18, 2016 Address: Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $5/guests, $50/vendors Phone: 248-642-6639 The folks that put on the Ann Arbor Bicycle Show and Swap Meet bring tons of bicycle fun, vendors and more to Royal Oak at this event. Bike PATH: Ride for Recovery at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township Sept. 24, 2016 Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township Times: 8 a.m./check in, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m./ride Costs: $25/kids 2-mile ride with T-shirt, $40/all other rides, free/kids 12 and under without T-shirt Phone: 586-541-CARE (2273) Register: Through August with the code “Early Bird” and get $10 off Choose from a 62, 40, 25, 10 or 2-mile ride on Jefferson Avenue along Lake St. Clair and to Belle Isle in order to raise funds for addiction prevention and intervention programs.