By NICOLE LOSEK, Arts & Entertainment Editor
Over 5,000 people made their way downtown on Saturday to participate in a 25 mile bike ride around the city. For the first time in the past three years, it was a beautiful day for the Tour-de-Troit!
Bikers met in front of the old train station at Roosevelt Park and started rolling out at 9 a.m. With police escort, participants were able to see all areas of the beautiful city up close and personal. Starting off on W. Vernor Hwy. and hitting the main streets of MLK Jr. and Rosa Parks Blvd., some sites bikers saw were murals painted around the city and old houses that had many talking about their aesthetics.
A little after the half way point, police escort blocked off roads to lead participants over the bridge onto Belle Isle. Here, a much needed pit stop with complementary fruits, granola bars and a truck to fill up water bottles. Views of the water and beautiful scenery of the island were a nice break from the city scene.
After riding around the island, it was back over the bridge for the bikers. The last leg of the path headed toward Fort St. and back to Roosevelt Park for music and complementary food and drinks from various downtown resturants and markets.
For more information on this event and up-coming bike ride events, head to: http://www.tour-de-troit.org.