04/05/2012 11:27 am ET Updated Jun 04, 2012

Focusing on the Positive

For this blog entry, I want to focus on the positive. I want to be positive because we have been inundated with negativity so much lately with the financial crisis in our area. Our area has been down for so long, and people are so tired of the negativity associated with everything around here, that it is nice when organizations refuse to let things be negative and take things in their own hands to spread the good word.

And my positivity comes from an event I attended with my family on March 24: the Detroit Bike City event at Cobo Center. The same day I was asked to write this blog, I heard about the Detroit Bike City event and thought it would be a great way to learn more about opportunities for biking in Detroit so I decided to attend.

This event was a celebration of biking in our area, and a way for bikers to connect. Although there were vendors there, and there was a swap meet for bikes and parts, the thing that I enjoyed most was the networking of the great organizations there promoting Detroit and biking in our area.

We hear so much negative, it is nice to attend a gathering of people celebrating so much positive in our area. In Detroit, there have been lots of positive things in biking. Included there were representatives from Tour De troit, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA), After 5 Detroit and many others. It was through the MTGA that I learned of lots of trails to bike on, but also ways and places to connect with people interested in promoting biking.

The other thing I really noticed was the amount of families that were there. One thing with biking in my household is we are working to do it all together, including teaching my daughter to ride her bike. So we were very excited to see so many other families there for the exact reason we were, to hear about biking opportunities in the Metro Detroit area.

And the great news that I have just read on the Detroit Bike City Facebook page, is there will be another Detroit Bike City event next year, with even more vendors and places for networking with bikers. I encourage those who are looking for biking opportunities to check out some of the many great biking organizations in our area.

As I found from the Detroit Bike City event, they are more than willing to open their arms to helping anyone join in on biking in our great city.