Biking Around the El Moore: Fun Times in the Motor City!

IMG_0328The El Moore, a sustainably-renovated urban lodge, apartment complex, and bed & breakfast originally built in 1898, is located in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. Yes, Detroit, the car capital of the world for more than a century. But wait! What’s happening on the streets of Detroit? Bike lanes! One hundred fifty miles of NEW bike lanes! Yes, Detroit, car capital of the world, can now also boast that it is now among the fastest-growing bike cities, according to the League of American Bicyclists, logging a 400% increase in bike riding from 2001 – 2014.

At the El Moore, many residents and guests do not even own a car, preferring instead to get around our great city  using only pedal power. The El Moore has a beautiful covered bike shelter within the gated community that protects the bikes all year long. With the proliferation of bike lanes, protected bike lanes, and several new dedicated bike paths, including the Inner Circle Greenway and the newly opened Dequindre Cut, cyclists can easily ride all over the city and into the suburbs. Yes, you can bike in Detroit all year long, even in the middle of winter. If people can cycle year-round in Minneapolis….

There are several stunningly beautiful areas to ride bikes and just enjoy the scenery, including Belle Isle and the Detroit Riverwalk. Belle Isle, a city-owned and state-run actual island park, was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City. What a lot of people do not know, however, is that Belle Isle is larger than Central Park! It is a relaxing 5.5-mile ride around Belle Isle.

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Another enjoyable biking area is the continually upgraded Detroit RiverWalk, which can be reached via the Dequindre Cut Greenway. You can ride from the Ambassador Bridge, across Rivard Plaza, all the way to the MacArthur Bridge at the entrance of Belle Isle, and then continue your ride on the island, and bike back to the El Moore.

Riding your bike from Midtown to Downtown and beyond is a lot of fun, is relaxing and enjoyable, and represents just a few of the wonderful biking opportunities right here in the Motor City!