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Bicycle Week To Celebrate Cycling In Windsor And Detroit

Wednesday March 12th, 2014, 11:00am


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Businesses and organizations on both sides of the border are working together to celebrate cycling for the region’s first North American Bicycle Week taking place March 27th to 30th.

The event is organized by Detroit Bike City and WindsorEats along with Bike Friendly Windsor Essex, Cycle Culture, and the University of Windsor Cyclists Association.

“Each city shares a unique but connected history and we are thrilled be able to work in partnership with Detroit Bike City to highlight the wonderful and amazing things happening on both sides of the river,” Adriano Ciotoli, co-owner WindsorEats. “When we first heard about the NoAm Bicycle Week, we knew we had to get in touch with Detroit Bike City co-founders Mike MacKool and Jason Hall and be a part of a really collaborative effort between the two cities.”

Formed in 2012, Detroit Bike City is an organization dedicated to promoting cycling in the City of Detroit. They gained national attention for their weekly Monday evening bike ride called Slow Roll Mondays that routinely drew crowds of over 1,500 riders; on all types of bikes.

“We have planned on building Detroit Bike City into a weeklong and international show since the beginning,” says Mike MacKool, Detroit Bike City co-founder. “This past year presented us with so much opportunity and growth that we felt the time was right for us and the City of Detroit to take the event to a higher level. We want to use this partnership to set the stage for more opportunities of collaboration for us and others who see the value in creating a unified effort for both sides of the river.”

The Windsor launch to North American Bicycle Week will take place on on Thursday, March 27th with a full slate of events including a Parade of Bicycles at 6pm. The public to strut their stuff, walk down our “runway” and show off their bicycle pride. The event takes place at the Old Walkerville Theatre. Pre-registration is required, and you can do that online here.

Following the parade will be the Blessing of the Bikes where you can have good fortune wished upon your bike and happy travels for the upcoming season. It’s a non denominational event and everyone is welcome.

Following the Blessing of the Bikes there will be a group ride to the City Cyclery to continue the celebrations.

More information can be found on the events Facebook page here.

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