By Pina Ciotoli
(WINDSOR, ON) – Businesses and organizations in Windsor and Detroit are collaborating and working together to celebrate cycling for the region’s first North American Bicycle Week taking place from yesterday until March 30.
The event, organized by Detroit Bike City and WindsorEats along with partners Bike Friendly Windsor Essex, Cycle Culture, and the University of Windsor Cyclists Association, will be hosting the Windsor launch to North American Bicycle Week.
“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,” said 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,” said 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.”
On the Detroit side there are plenty of fantastic events taking place over the week that include the Detroit Bike City Expo on Saturday, March 29 and the Slow Roll Season Opener on Sunday March 30. Local businesses such as WindsorEats will be at the expo highlighting the great cycling initiatives in Windsor Essex.