It seems as if everyone is finally coming out of hibernation. The birds have started chirping, there are people walking around in the streets, everyone seems happy and then… oh wait… what’s that noise? A forklift? A crane? Oh right, it’s also construction time for Michigan’s roads.

Michiganders have discovered that, when the birds come out, so do the trucks. After a winter of flat tires and salt stuck to our cars, clothes, shoes and floor mats, construction trucks seem like a welcome sight. With the forklifts comes weather worth leaving the house for, patios to sit and drink…and eat on; bonfires to light and roast marshmallows by, and flowers to walk through and smell. Not being able to drive on the roads gives Detroiters an excuse to leave the car at home, get on a bike, or on your feet, and explore the hidden gems that are making Detroit a more pedestrian-friendly city.


Some of my favorite places to walk/bike in Detroit are:

              • The riverfront
              • The Dequindre Cut
              • Eastern Market
              • Belle Isle

Some of the best outdoor patios in Detroit are:

              • Motorcity Wine
              • Northern Lights
              • Ottava Via
              • Mudgie’s Deli

Some of the other outdoor activities I look forward to in Detroit:

              • Movies/concerts in Beacon Park
              • Reading on the “beach” in Campus Martius
              • Exploring the shopping in Capitol Park
              • Watching the Tigers at Comerica Park
              • Walking anywhere and everywhere

Spring is one of the best times to explore, and can be a great way to get some light exercise.

Just remember, it’s Michigan, so bring a raincoat.