So you can always find plenty of bad publicity about our great city of Detroit. Detroit seems to get a frenzy of media coverage for all things negative and very little exposure for positive progress, friendly events, and genuine hospitality. However, all you have to do is come back to the city and spend some time to see how much is improving and how passionate our people are to move forward.
One exciting thing happening all summer long is the Monday night Slow Roll where thousands of people on bikes gather for a leisurely ride through the city’s streets. Here there are no arguments, no rush, just a true sense of community you really need to experience firsthand to appreciate. This event changes starting locations every week and people start gathering hours before the 7pm start time to register, to socialize, and to crowd watch. Once the ride is complete, most riders end up spending some time in the city’s many dining and bar establishments. Organizing such a large group of people is a task the Slow Roll volunteers do a fantastic job at and people just seem to be kinder to one another allowing the sense of community to pour out.
Tonight's Slow Roll began at the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center. Last week’s Slow Roll started at MOCAD – The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and wound its way through Midtown, Russell Street area, over to the Heidelberg Project and back. The camaraderie of the group and the diversity of neighborhoods is truly something to experience. The exposure of these areas to a fresh group of riders will surely add to the city’s revival. The weather has been very cooperative for the past several rolls and you won’t be sorry if you decide to join in one throughout the season which continues every Monday night through October. This particular event also provided a closer look into the beautiful Wayne State Campus area which provided many venues to choose from for a late night dinner or cold drink to cap off the evening.
The founders of this event deserve kudos for providing an outlet for some truly neighborly warmth and communication. Keep those wheels spinning………
Here’s the Slow Roll website where you can get more information about becoming a member and joining in on this amazing event:
And here’s a youtube video of the 7/6/15 slow roll:
Slow Roll is Michigan's biggest weekly bicycle ride, aimed at building community and showing off the great City of Detroit
greatlakesmom is a Michigan native who loves her home state and exploring it’s many splendors. She is the mother of two college age sons and enjoys teaching, learning, and growing in all ways possible