6th Annual Sierra Club Green Cruise – Saturday August 14

(Douglas Christie)


Please join us as we celebrate the many forms of human powered transportation like walking, bicycling, running, hiking, skateboarding, and roller blading, which help keep you, your community and our planet healthy!


The Green Cruise takes place in downtown Ferndale and is a wonderful way for the community to get together on a special day to “Be a Solution to Stop Pollution.” We will be in the “Green Alley” at the corner of Planavon and Withington streets, west of Woodward and north of 9 Mile Rd.


Two different length bike rides begin the day at 8 and 9am, followed by the Green Parade along 9 Mile Road at 11am. It is all human-powered (dogs welcome) and we strongly encourage all parade participants to go “green-crazy” with their floats and outfits!


The Green Alley also offers many other events from 10am to 3pm. Back by popular demand are the giant rock climbing tower and the skateboarders and roller bladers demonstrat­ing some wild stunts! We have added several green-friendly activities for the kids including “art from scraps” projects, face painting and the “Green Cruise Mural Project—Care For The Earth Footprint,” where children can learn about reduc­ing their carbon footprint, as they paint their own footprint on our giant mural. The food area has been expanded to offer more free healthy snacks and beverages; and tents are provided for rain and sun protection. Let’s not forget every­one’s favorite — getting a free chair massage! Once again there will be free bicycle check-ups provided by several local bike shops and a free valet bicycle corral to lock up your bicycle. The Green Alley also has an area for environmentally conscious businesses to display and discuss their services and products.


And finally, no real “green” event can be complete without green-friendly community groups sharing information about how we can all help protect our environment!


We hope to see you on the 14th and in the meantime we encourage you to take the Green Cruise Pledge: “In an effort to be a solution to stop pollution — I promise to ride my bike and/or walk, roller blade, skateboard, hike, run, or use other forms of human-powered transit at least once a week.”

Volunteers are needed to help at the Green Cruise

If you, your organization or your business would like to be a sponsor or vendor at the Green Cruise or partici­pate in the Green Parade, please contact the Green Cruise Committee at: 248-549-6213 ext 3 or e-mail greencruise@michigan.sierraclub.org. Follow us on Facebook or visit http://michigan.sierraclub.org/semg/Green_Cruise.html.  See you Saturday August 14th in Downtown Ferndale!


Join us for our 23 mile progressive ride.

8am the ride starts at the Green Alley in Ferndale

8:20am Huntington Woods Recreation Center

8:40am Catalpa Oaks Park, Southfield

9am Beverly Hills Village Park, Beverly Hills

9:20am Barnum Park at Pierce and Frank, Birmingham

9:40am Upton Park at Nakota and Manakto, Royal Oak

10am Royal Oak Farmers Market

10:20am ride ends at the Green Alley

All times are approximate. There will be fast and slow groups and a sag wagon will be provided. Helmets and signed waivers are required, riders must obey all traffic laws, riders under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Green-Cruise-22-mile-ride

• 8am – 23 mile Progressive Bike Ride see box on right

• 9am – 5 mile Family Bike Ride in and around Ferndale

• 11am – Parade join as we celebrate green forms of transit with a ½ mile parade Dress Up in Costumes – Decorate Your Bike – Be Creative – Have Fun! Gather in the green alley at 10:30 to be in the parade

• 10am – 3pm, Green Alley – free healthy food & refreshments, free massages, eco-friendly business and community groups gather to share and educate.

• 10am – 3pm, Children’s area – Crafts from Scraps – Face Painting – Sidewalk Chalk – Plus More!

• 10am – 3pm, Climbing Tower test your skills on the 25' climbing tower

• 10am – 3pm, Bike Corral store your bike in our secure area

• 10am – 3pm, Skateboarders & BMXers perform demos and tricks