Update: This article was originally posted on September 15 and has been updated with information on free MoGo rentals that day.
Detroit is full of wide open streets, and we’re getting another chance to bike, hike, or jog our way through two of them this fall.
Open Streets Detroit is coming back October 1, with opportunities to explore Corktown and Mexicantown by bike and foot. The celebration shuts down Michigan Avenue and West Vernor to car traffic for the day, and instead bringing a variety of activities to the streets, along with encouraging foot traffic into local businesses. Nearly 110 community partners are offering a variety of activities for participants this year.
Hoping to learn Mexican folk dance? Parkour? Zumba? There will be opportunities for all of these and more, including sidewalk chalk art, yoga, fishing (?), soccer, bubble soccer, Painting with a Twist, and kite making.
The route starts in Beacon Park this year and continues down Michigan Avenue through Corktown, and onto West Vernor Highway past the train station and into Southwest Detroit. Key activity hubs will be located at Beacon Park, Roosevelt Park, and Clark Park.
Wondering what it looks like? Check out our gallery from last year’s inaugural events.
MoGo, Detroit’s new bike share, will offer free bike rentals at all stations on October 1. Like any ride, credit cards will have to be used to get a bike. Also, bikes are only to be used for 30 minutes. They can be returned and checked out again, but any ride over 30 minutes will be charged.
Open Streets Detroit is a collaboration between the Downtown Detroit Partnership, MoGo Detroit Bike Share, City of Detroit, and a local planning committee including: Corktown Business Association, Corktown Community Association, Mexicantown Community Development Corporation, Mexicantown Hubbard Communities Main Street Program, Southwest Detroit Business Association, Southwest Solutions, and West Vernor & Springwells Business Improvement District.
More info on Open Streets Detroit can be found here.