Whether by planes, trains, or automobiles, Detroit gets around. Hop on a bus, take the train, park your car, or ride your bike and enjoy city living.
Cycling culture is exploding in Detroit, with a growing number of cyclist groups, weekly rides, annual events, custom bike shops, dedicated bike lanes and more. The city has 45 miles of bike lanes and paths with plans to add another 100 this year. The Motor City is becoming increasingly motorless-friendly.
hosts a number of city and suburban rides. Check out their website
Detroit Bike City
is an annual bike expo with a marketplace, BMX demos, a bike auction, and a swap section.
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.
Hammer & Cycle
is located in Hamtramck inside Lo! & Behold Records & Books. They offer bicycle sales and repair services.
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.
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
Detroit Department Of Transportation (DDOT)
Use the DDOT website to plan your bus route, schedule your trip, and create your itinerary.
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.
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 a 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.
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 all the way to Ann Arbor for only $12 each way.
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. You can even split charges between multiple people.
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.
Parking in Detroit can be outright daunting. Street meters are monitored until 10 p.m., most only allow for an hour at a time, and many are broken. Surface lots vary in rates depending on the time of day and the applicable event – a lot that costs $5 during a regular business day might soar up to $30 if there's a Tigers game. (No small wonder biking is becoming increasingly popular.) If you're in a car, your best bet is to use one of the parking garages and walk or take the People Mover to your destination.
Beaubien Place Garage – Atwater and Beaubien
Compuware Garage – Monroe and Farmer
Detroit Opera House Garage – Broadway and Clifford
Fox Parking Garage – West Montcalm and Woodward
Greektown Casino Garage – Lafayette and Brush St.
Grand Circus Park Garage – Grand River Ave. and Bagley
Joe Louis Arena Garage – Jefferson and M-10
Max M. Fisher Music Center Garage – Woodward and Parsons
Millennium Garage – Congress and Cass
Port Atwater Parking Garage – Beaubien and Franklin
Premier Garage – Woodward and Gratiot