Family Bike Events and Fun in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Looking for a family-friendly thrill? Check out these upcoming bike events, including races, rides, shows and safety rodeos, in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

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 upcoming bike races, rodeos, rides and other bike events in metro Detroit for any level of biker. Here, you will find some of the region’s best 2018 bike-centered events, so grab your helmet, take a peek and find the right one for you.

Rouge-A-Thlon at Rouge Park

April 21, 2018

  • Address: Rouge Park, 11701 Burt Road, Detroit
  • Time: 9 a.m.
  • Cost: $70-$100, add $70 for VIP
  • Contact: info@tour-de-troit.org
  • 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.

Ann Arbor Classic Bicycle Show and Swap Meet at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds

April 29, 2018

  • 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 38-year-old event features thousands of classic, vintage and collectible bikes, an electric-powered mini-bikes on display, a show bike contest, vendors, door prizes and more.

Saturdays in the Park on Hines Drive in Westland

May 5 -Sept. 29, 2018 (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.

Metro Grand Spring Tour at Willow Metropark

May 6, 2018

  • Address: Willow Metropark, 22900 Huron River Dr., New Boston
  • Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Individual: $9/advance, $23/day of; families: $22.50/advance, $57.50/day of
  • Contact: president@downrivercycling.org

This 35-year-old tour takes riders through Wayne County’s southwest side, near the Huron River and down country roads. Choose from 15-, 25-, 40-, 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 6, 2018

  • Address: 1017 Congress St., Ypsilanti
  • Time: 9 a.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: bikeypsi@gmail.com

This 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.

Tour D’Eastside at Maheras Gentry Park in Detroit 

June 2, 2018

  • 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
  • Contact: info@tour-de-troit.org

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 follows.

 

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

June 3, 2018

  • Address: Whispering Woods, 11000 21 Mile Road, Shelby Township
  • Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: uticakiwanis@gmail.com

The Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township puts on this 30-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.

Passport to Safety at Livonia Police Department

June 9, 2018

  • 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.

Tour De Troit Ride at Roosevelt Park

Sept. 15, 2018

  • 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, $70/Sept. 10-15; 62-mile ride: $50/Nov. 29-April 30, $60/May 1 until sold out
  • Contact: info@tour-de-troit.org

This 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.

Bike PATH: Ride for Recovery at The Macomb Orchard Trail in Richmond 

Sept. 30, 2018

  • Address: The Macomb Orchard Trail, 69227 Main St., Richmond
  • Times: 8 a.m./check in, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m./ride
  • Costs: $25-$50, free/kids 12 and under
  • Phone: 586-541-CARE (2273)

Choose from a 62-, 40-, 25- or 10-mile ride to raise funds for CARE of Southeastern Michigan.

2018 Michigan Tour de Cure at Comerica Park in Detroit 

Sept. 30, 2018

  • Address: Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: TBD
  • Cost: Registration fee: $25/April 1-June 30, $30/Sept. 1-28, $35/day of, $200/minimum fundraising
  • Phone: 248-433-3830

This 27-year-old event aims to end diabetes, and offers 12-, 30- and 63-mile routes; plus a 5K.

Do you know of any other family-friendly bike rides in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor? Tell us about them in the comments. 

This post is updated regularly. 

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