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Detroiters biking to work

SMART Bus

Paint Creek Trail

Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop

Whether by planes, trains, or automobiles, metro Detroit gets around. Hop on a bus, take the train, park your car, or ride your bike and enjoy. 
BIKING
 
Cycling culture is exploding throughout metro Detroit, with a growing number of cyclist groups, weekly rides, annual events, custom bike shops, dedicated bike lanes and more.
 
Bike Trails
The dozens of bike trails located throughout southeastern Michigan will eventually all connect, with long-term plans for connected trail systems running from Detroit all the way through the Upper Peninsula and into Wisconsin. Many of these trails run through scenic parkland, alongside lakes and rivers, and through forested areas.
 
Oakland County:
Clinton River Trail – central Oakland County
Huron Valley Trail – Milford, Lyon Township, Wixom
Lakeshore Park – Novi
Maybury State Park – Northville
Paint Creek Trail – Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Orion Township, and Lake Orion
Polly Ann Trail – Orion, Oxford and Addison
West Bloomfield Trail – West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake and Keego Harbor
 
Wayne County:
Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative – Downriver
Lower Rouge Recreation Trail – Canton
Detroit RiverWalk and Dequindre Cut Greenway – Downtown, Lafayette Park, Eastern Market
Corktown Bike Lanes – Southwest Detroit
 
Macomb County:
Macomb Orchard Trail – Romeo and Armada
 
Multiple Counties:
I-275 Metro Trail – Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties
Stony Creek Metropark – Oakland and Macomb County
 
For more information or to find the trails nearest to you visit TrailLink.com.
 
Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop
Jon Hughes, owner of the Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop, is hugely passionate about promoting cycling culture in metro Detroit. In addition to the Ferndale store there is the temporary (which might turn permanent) store in Detroit's Eastern Market, and the store also sponsors a number of cycling events throughout the year.
 
For bikes, gear, and maintenance needs, check out Wheelhouse Detroit which offers retail sales, bike rentals, guided tours, and bike service on the Detroit Riverwalk.
 
The Hub of Detroit is a retail store that offers new and used bikes, accessories, bike trailers, and full service repairs. Back Alley Bikes is a Cass Corridor bicycle shop and community center with a focus on youth development.
 
Shinola is a brand-new American-made company based in Detroit that manufactures beautiful hand-made watches, leather goods, and custom bicycles. While some will appreciate the excellence in design and quality of materials and manufacturing of the bikes, others (including a growing list of celebrities) will display them as works of art.
 
For more information about cycling culture in Detroit, Mode Shift provides excellent coverage of metro Detroit transit, including cycling culture.
 
PUBLIC AND MASS TRANSIT
 
SMART Bus
To get around in the suburbs, there is the SMART Bus with 43 routes running throughout Southeast Michigan. Fares start at $2.00.
 
Detroit Department Of Transportation (DDOT)
Use the DDOT website to plan your bus route, schedule your trip, and create your itinerary.
 
People Mover
The People Mover is a three-mile elevated track that loops around downtown Detroit with some of the most impressive collections of public art in Detroit in its stations.
 
Megabus
This low-cost express bus service is ideal for jaunts from Detroit to Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and other Rust Belt destinations on their fleet of luxury single- and double-deckers for as little as $1. Detroit pick-up/drop-off locations are located at Wayne State University and the Rosa Parks Transit Center.
 
Detroit Bus Company
With fleet of biofuel buses and an ever-growing roster of services, including monthly bar crawls and guided tours, the Detroit Bus Company is "a revolution on wheels." Offering both public services and private charters connecting the city and suburbs, Detroit Bus Company is filling the transit gap left by inadequate public services in a region desperate for more options.
 
Amtrak
With a station in New Center, the Amrtak train is easily accessible for both short- and long-distance journeys. Those trying to minimize their car usage and rely on public transit can get to Ann Arbor from Detroit for only $12 each way, or head straight out to Chicago.
 
Uber
You could call a cab … or with a quick tap of your smart phone, you can call for a private car. Your credit card information is stored in your account, so when you use your smartphone Uber app it pinpoints your location via GPS, gives you the location of the nearest driver and an estimated time of pick up, and automatically charges your card for the trip (tax and tip included). No cash, no fumbling for phone numbers, no guess work, no hassle.
 
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
DTW is a major international airport and one of the world's largest air transportation hubs. The airport is a hub for Delta (its second-busiest), which flies out of the impressive MacNamara Terminal (the world's second-longest airport terminal building). As one of the busiest airfields in North America, passengers can fly from DTW anywhere in the world with comparable ease and multiple options. DTW is located in Romulus, about a 20-minute drive from downtown. 

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