Warrior Weekend – Biking the D
Critical Mass Review
Critical Mass is THE BOMB! Forreal tho. How can you go wrong with a bunch of fiesty (towards drivers) bikers… literally a thousand. I attribute this ride to much of my knowledge of Detroit and love the group for that. Critical Mass happens the last Friday of every month and meets right on WSU’s campus (Warren and Trumbull). Prepare to meet some characters and see some Detroit.
Critical Mass was originally created to promote the concept that cyclists exist and deserve a place on the road #WeOutHere. It is now celebrated by more than 3000 cities all over the world! It’s cool feeling like you’re a part of something that is bigger than us, ya dig?
So the purpose of the ride is to be completely spontaneous and have no plans but simply to occupy the streets via bicycles. Here’s the May 30th story…
17.35 miles of adventure and stories. We hit up (in order) Our starting place, 2. Woodbridge, 3. a little of the Westside, 4. Southwest, 5. Corktown, 6. Downtown, 7. the Eastern Market, 8. a little of the Eastside, 9. the Dequindre Cut and 10. Midtown, before returning to our starting spot on Trumbull and Warren.
1. Starting place (Warren and Trumbull, RIGHT ON CAMPUS!)
2. Woodbridge (literally right off campus)
3. Westsideish / Southwestish
7. Eastern Market
8. The Eastside
9. The Dequindre Cut - A railroad track on the Eastside (near the Eastern Market) renovated into a beautiful bike/ walking path with graffiti art all over.
Events this weekend
Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8
Campus Martius Park
Love is love. Come celebrate pride and encourage others!
Wednesday, June 4 – Sunday, June 8
Various Locations (Detroit Film Theatre, Cinema Detroit, College of Creative Studies)
SOOOOOO many good films showing in Detroit (and in Ann Arbor but let’s be real, the D is where it’s at). A couple of the ones most appealing to me
- 1982, “A well crafted portrait of black life in 1980s Philadelphia”. Showing on Friday, June 6 at 7:15 pm at the Charles H. Wright Museum.
- To Kill a Man, “tells the story of Jorge, an unassuming father and husband whose neighborhood in Chile has become victimized by a local gang”. Showing on Saturday, June 7 at 9:30 pm at the Detroit Film Theatre and Sunday, June 8 at 2 pm at Cinema Detroit.
Woodbridge Neighborhood Yard Sale
Saturday, June 7 – Sunday, June 8
9 am – 5 pm each day
The Historic Woodbridge community (Bound by Lincoln Street to the east, Martin Luther King and Grand River Ave to the south, Rosa Parks to the west, and I-94 Service Drive to the north)
Woodbridge has some serious characters so I can only imagine the cool stuff you can pick up at their neighborhood yard sale. Hit it up!
Sunday, June 8
6 pm doors, 7 pm proposals, 8 pm dinner, 9 pm winners
The Jam Handy, 2900 E. Grand Blvd
Detroit SOUP is by far one of my favorite things that our community does. The concept is simple but super creative. The community comes together, pays $5, listens to proposals from community members hoping to do some unique project, votes for their favorite proposal, eats delicious donated food (soup, salad, bread) and gets to celebrate the winner of the micro-grant at the end of the night. Talk about community grassroots togetherness. I feel all warm inside <3 seriously though, try and be a part of this. It might make you feel differently about our community.