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North American Bicycle Week will kick off in Windsor

North American Bicycle Week will kick off in Windsor.

A new four-day bike show is set to get started in Windsor, Ont., at the end of the month.

A cycling group in Detroit, Detroit Bike City, has announced its plans for a collaborative effort between Detroit and Windsor to host the inaugural North American Bicycle Week. There will be rides, shows, a runway parade for cyclists to show off their bikes and an expo.

The group hosts weekly Monday “Slow Roll” events that often see more than 200 people show up from Detroit, Windsor and the surrounding areas to cycle and explore the Motor City on two wheels.

The entire event will kick-off on the Canadian side of the border, on the south side of the Detroit River. “We’re going to have a parade of bicycles at [Windsor’s] Walkerville Theatre,” Pina Ciotoli told Urbanite News.  “Everyone’s invited to come out, bring their bicycles, show their bike-love; we’re even going to have a makeshift runway.”

“We have such similar histories: we both share that auto history. There’s so many things that are the same between the two cities, yet the river is a dominant divider between the two,” said Ciotoli. “And while we know everything that happens in Detroit, it doesn’t really go the other way. We thought this was an excellent opportunity to showcase the cycle activism that was happening on both sides, because it is happening on the both sides.”

The event will take place from March 27 to 30.