Take 5 | Mike MacKool

Modified: March 25, 2019 | Photos by Bill Bowen

Mike MacKool, Co-founder, Slow Roll Detroit

WHEN YOU SPEND A DAY IN METRO DETROIT WITH OUT-OF-TOWNERS, WHERE DO YOU TAKE THEM AND WHY?

“If out-of-town guests are here on a Monday, I would take them on a Slow Roll! If not, a bike ride around the city is a must, highlighting the Dequindre Cut and RiverWalk and then making our way to … No. 1: Eastern Market. Not only is there all the food, but Eastern Market represents a great cross section of Detroiters. We would check out the murals before heading to … No. 2: Belle Isle [State Park]. I love to take people to the [Belle Isle] aquarium and [Anna Scripps Whitcomb] conservatory.

There are a lot of public art spaces in Detroit, too. The African Bead Museum and Lincoln sculpture park [Lincoln Street Art Park] tend to be go-tos for me.

Food and drinks are also a must. A few favorites where I take people: Joe Muer’s downtown is always a classic hit, and Craft Work  in West Village, then The Sugar House in Corktown for post-dinner drinks, often fall into the mix.

What I really like to do with out-of-towners is take them somewhere I’ve never been. With so many newer restaurants — like Prime + Proper — and places to visit, a friend in town is the best excuse to try something new.”

Slow Roll Detroit

Slow Roll started casually — just an idea between Mike MacKool and Jason Hall, two Detroit guys who became fast friends bonding over a love of bikes and video games. Today, Slow Roll’s weekly bike ride through the streets of Detroit still maintains a casual vibe — all ages, all kinds of cycles and a leisurely pace are its m.o. But instead of a Monday night meet-up between a few friends, it’s now an orchestrated event attracting thousands of riders weekly, spring through fall. Dubbed Michigan’s largest weekly bike ride, Slow Roll is a long-standing symbol of how people — locals, transplants, city officials, visitors, etc. — are gathering together to celebrate The D for what it is, without rose-colored glasses on, social barriers in play or suburbia stigmas attached. Monday night Slow Rolls are planned through October. Membership is encouraged.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Dequindre Cut Greenway
    Dequindre Cut Greenway, Detroit, MI 48207Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Detroit International RiverWalk
    1340 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207313-566-8200Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Eastern Market
    Russell Street between Mack Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, 2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207313-833-9300Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Belle Isle State Park
    99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit, MI 48207313-821-9844Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Joe Muer Seafood
    400 GM Renaissance Center, Ste. 1404, Detroit, MI 48243313-567-6837Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Sugar House
    2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-0123Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Prime + Proper
    1145 Griswold St., Detroit, MI 48226313-636-3100Highlight on map | More Details
  8. Dabls' MBAD African Bead Museum
    6559 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA313-898-3007Highlight on map | More Details
  9. Lincoln Street Art Park
    5926 Lincoln Street, Detroit, MI, USAHighlight on map