Slow Roll 2017 Home Opener



photo by Roots Photography

photo by Roots Photography


information directly from the SLOW ROLL HOMEPAGE

Slow Roll is a group bicycle ride that meets every Monday night in Detroit and has expanded into a national network of community rides. Each week we meet at different venues and take a unique route throughout the city, including all the major and minor neighborhoods that we are so proud of.

Slow Roll is for everyone; all ages, all skill levels and every type of bike is welcome. Our slow pace keeps the group safe and gives riders a unique perspective of our great city and its neighborhoods. Slow Roll is far more than just a bike ride, in its 7th year, this unique 501c3 nonprofit brings together thousands of people from all over the region during 25 weekly bike rides a year to discover more about our city and each other. 

In 2016, Slow Roll grew to over 12,000 registered riders and that number continues to increase. In 2017, Slow Roll is focusing on continuing to educate people about Detroit, engage riders with local businesses and charities, and create the cohesive and peaceful community we all strive for. 

We believe that Slow Roll is transforming Detroit through exercise, education, experiences, and community. 

The positive energy and community driven atmosphere is what keeps people coming back and sharing the Slow Roll experience with their friends and family!

photo by Roots Photography

photo by Roots Photography




RESPECT for the community and SAFTEY are paramount. If we cannot be respectful and safe, we can't Slow Roll, simple as that. These basic rules will accomplish our goals and maintain a positive impression of not only Slow Roll, but of cycling as a whole. Make sure you're following the Code of Conduct at all times and helping to inform new riders. You'll have the full support of the SQUAD behind you, but it's up to each of us to be responsible for ourselves and each other. 


The SQUAD is what makes Slow Roll work, they are the volunteers in yellow shirts that keep you safe and on the road. They make and test the routes, fix your flats, lead the ride, direct traffic and keep everyone safe. LISTEN to the SQUAD at all times; do as they say and encourage other riders to do the same. While we appreciate riders taking on the responsibility of promoting our Code of Conduct, we ask that you allow SQUAD to handle all traffic situations. Do not attempt to cork or block traffic, our SQUAD is trained to know when to stop the ride and when to stop vehicle traffic for the ride. Their efforts are coordinated over miles of riders, so always follow directions from any SQUAD member and THANK them for their service!


Come Prepared // Make sure your bike is in good working order BEFORE coming to the meeting location. Bring plenty of water, a spare tube for flats, your helmet and a light kit. The SQUAD is there if you need them, but you should come as prepared as possible.

Stay Right // Always stay on the right side of the road, using no more than two lanes, and NEVER cross the yellow line into oncoming traffic, even if there are no cars. Let's show the community that we can share the roads safely and respectfully. 

Communicate // Use hand and verbal signals to communicate with other riders. Shout out turns, stops, passing, debris or obstructions, and anything else that will keep the group safe. 

Stay Alert & Be Aware // It's important to pay attention to what's going on around you. You're surrounded by thousands of bikers and hundreds of motorists at any given time, over a changing terrain. Make sure you're conscious of everyone and everything around you to keep yourself and other safe.

Share the Road //  If we want motorists to respect us, we must lead by example by respecting them as well.  Before and after the ride, be sure to keep the road clear. Always leave a lane open while riding and when you hear "car back" be sure to move as far to the right as possible to allow traffic to pass safely. When coming to a stop, do not ride past those stopping in front of you – stay in line.

Stick Together // If you see a gap forming, ride a little faster to keep the group together. Wide gaps in the ride can leave room for cars to break the pack, a potentially dangerous situation. 

Roll Slow // We call it Slow Roll for a reason! Stay behind the leader at all times. Do not weave in and out of other riders or speed past each other. If you want to ride fast, join SQUAD and try to keep up.

Don't Be Sweet // Please don't do tricks in the crowd, pop wheelies, jump curbs or try to show off. We don't care how good you are, in a large group accidents can and will happen. BMX riders are more than welcome, but should stay on the sidewalks and away from the crowd while doing tricks. 


Don’t Litter // Littering is not acceptable. Come prepared with an old grocery bag for your trash or be sure to find public receptacles along the way. Show respect for our city – let's make it better, not worse.

Encourage Positivity //  Our goal is to bring people together. Biking is nearly as universal as smiling, offering a great way to bring our city together. We're here to do something good – negative or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated.

Play Music Respectfully // Keep your music at a reasonable volume to be sure that communication between riders can be maintained. We do not promote censorship, but having respect for those around you is important. Please refrain from playing explicit music. Slow Roll is like a family, one that includes people of all ages and from all walks of life.  

Make Friends & Have Fun // Meet people and get involved, Slow Roll strengthens our community by bringing people together.

photo by Roots Photography

photo by Roots Photography


Slow Roll is a 501c3 nonprofit striving to create unique cycling experiences for people of all ages, races, genders, and skill levels. We have created the Membership system to ensure our riders are safe, thanks to the hardwork of the Detroit Police Department, and as the rides continue to grow, the organization can manage larger numbers and greater impact.

We continue to offer a Free Membership, because we never want to turn anyone away from Slow Roll. However, we do have a Basic Membership Donation ($15 a year) or a Premium Membership Donation ($60 a year) option available. All Membership Donations go directly back into the organization's operating costs, police assistance, and city permits.

In addition to giving back to the organization that makes these weekly rides possible, your donation enrolls you in our Membership Discount Program, which gives you incentives and deals at local bars, restaurants, and retail stores. We sincerely appreciate your consideration when signing up for a Membership, without our community's support Slow Roll would not be possible! 

All ride participants must complete the online application HERE and sign the appropriate waivers to participate


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