Thursday, May 16, 2019
LANSING — Today, the Michigan Senate passed Sen. Marshall Bullock’s (D–Detroit) resolution to recognize May 17, 2019 as Detroit Bike to Work Day. The resolution is part of a nationwide movement to promote healthy and environmentally friendly alternative modes of transportation in daily life.
“Detroit Bike to Work Day is a great event to keep Detroiters happy and healthy on their daily commute to work, especially considering the Motor City’s vast, open roads that are perfect for a biker’s daily commute,” Sen. Bullock said. “This tradition dates back more than 150 years, and it continues to be the most environmentally friendly and efficient way to get from point A to point B.”
An annual Detroit Bike to Work Day celebration put on by the Detroit Greenways Coalition will take place in Spirit Plaza, Midtown and New Center Park. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Mayor Mike Duggan have been invited to speak at Spirit Plaza.
The event coincides with Bike to Work Day events all over the country.
“While we celebrate Bike to Work Day, we also want to lift up the growing number of Detroiters who are biking every day for every reason,” said Todd Scott, executive director of the Detroit Greenways Coalition. “This has become a popular pathway to healthier residents and a healthier city.”
Cycling isn’t just better for the environment, it’s also great for an individual’s health. In addition, according to Forbes, cycling to work has been associated with a 41% lower risk of dying from all causes when compared to commuters who drove or took public transport.
“Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance appreciates this important Detroit Bike to Work Day resolution introduced by Senator Bullock,” said Bob Wilson, executive director of Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. “We are grateful that the Senator understands the significance of this day and has chosen to highlight this event.”