Proceeds From Tour de Troit Help Pay for Permanent Changes in Detroit

Detroit’s bicycle advocates have built a powerful tool for change in the annual Tour de Troit bike ride. This two-wheeled tour of the city’s historic landmarks has grown to attract more than 6,000 riders, making it the largest bike ride in the state of Michigan.

Even better, Tour de Troit helps finance new, permanent bike infrastructure in cash-poor Detroit. According to the above video, the ride has provided $160,000 for new bike lanes and other bike improvements in the Motor City. If it weren’t for supportive private players like this group, Detroit would not be on track to add an impressive 50 miles of bike lanes this year.

In the words of several tour participants: “Keep doing it!”

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