The Holiday Season is upon us, and that means the cold weather is finally here. Why not celebrate your favorite walker or bicyclist with one of these practical and meaningful gifts? Some of our most successful Safe Routes to School programs run through the winter months, and one thing is clear: having the appropriate gear makes it all the more enjoyable for everyone to get outside and stay active. Already have the gear? We’ve got some fun experiences and educational gifts listed here as well.
WOW someone in your family with the only bikes manufactured in the Motor City. Detroit Bikes are made with American Steele and offer a variety of quality designs.
Have a toddler who just can’t wait to get riding? Check out this adorable Hotwalk Balance Bike and get your child started early. Balance Bikes are a great replacement for tricycles and training wheels.
The League of Michigan Bicyclists offers detailed bike tour maps of prime locations in Michigan for $7-10. Give someone you love a map, and let them have a DIY adventure.
Need something for the family book worm? How about a subscription to Bicycle Times or for young readers get a copy of The Bike Lesson by Stan & Jan Bernstein. An additional list of biking and walking related children’s books can be found here.
Give the gift of adventure and take your family to see the “Spirit of the Animal is in the Wheels” exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). The exhibit features animal bikes designed by author Dave Eggers and artist Juan Martinez, as well as an interactive educational passport asking participants to think about transportation issues in Detroit and beyond. The exhibit is on display through January 1, 2017, so plan your trip soon. Children under the age of 12 are FREE, otherwise admission is a suggested donation of $5/person.
Looking for something even more adventurous? Plan to take your whole family on a bicycle tour this summer. The 2-Day Michigander Bicycle Tour will take place in Traverse City the weekend of July 15, 2017 and is a great, active gift to give your whole family. The tour is organized by the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and is designed to be a casual, easy ride. It is a loop ride, which means everyone will ride out and back on the same route, so those that prefer a shorter ride can simply turn back at any time. Children under the age of 6 are FREE, youth tickets average $75/per person, with adult admission averaging at $125/person. Family camping, hot showers, two hearty breakfasts and a great dinner buffet, snacks, and more are included in the registration rates. Registration will open in late January 2017, but you can plan for it now!