Over the weekend, my dad, Dave, and I went on a bike tour of Delray with Wheelhouse Detroit. Wheelhouse Detroit is located on the River Walk right next to the Renaissance Center. The tour was $35 (most of their tours are around that price, including bike rental), but we had a Groupon so we only paid $15 each!
The tour was part of our gift to my dad for Father’s Day. Delray has a particular interest to us as it was primarily a Hungarian neighboorhood (I’m half Hungarian, half Scottish) and my great grandma even lived in Delray for a while. In addition, to touring Delray, we also biked through Springwells Village, Hubbard Farms, Mexicantown, and Corktown.
Overall, we really enjoyed seeing all that we did on the tour, including historic Fort Wayne and The Alley Project (TAP). The Alley Project mission is to be a place to facilitate and support the themes of creative expression, positive youth-adult partnerships, structure, and community responsibility.
TAP includes a garage with a studio and gallery space for the community, two lots that provide a common art space for neighbors and artists, bike racks, and a walking gallery along the alley that spans one city block with high-quality, multi-color murals on garages, commercial buildings, and fences. I love the yarn bombing that we saw on the chain link fence below, which included a QR code. I don’t have a smartphone so I’m not sure where it goes, I’m assuming the TAP Facebook page.
We did have several problems with the actual logistics of the tour. First, our tour guide started out by saying that we were going to follow the rules of the road, which included stopping at stop signs and red lights, but we totally went through a red light at one of the first intersections we came to and this continued for the entire ride.
Second, our tour guide did not ask us our names, biking ability, etc. Also, as a side note, the rental bikes do NOT have gears, this made biking the hills a bit more difficult than they would have been had we hauled our own bikes down for the tour.
Third, our guide actually provided very little information along the way (we barely stopped along the ride) and if an employee from Bridging Communities hadn’t been along for the ride, we would have gotten even less of a tour and more of just a ride. Our guides couldn’t even answer the question where the name Delray came from?!?!
By the end of the tour, dad, Dave, and I along with the sweeper (a Wheelhouse employee that helps with bike repair along the way) were separated from the rest of the group. You think the guide would have turned around, noticed the group was missing a few people and slowed/stopped until everyone regrouped especially before she crossed one of the busiest intersections on the route. In the end, I had to ask the sweeper which way to go at each turn and I felt like I had to drag even that little bit of information from him.
So in the end, I wish the tour had provided more information on all the things we saw and that the guide had been more in-tune with the group. But we still had fun and ended the day with a great dinner at Slows Bar BQ and any day that ends with that can’t be all that bad…