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Frequently Asked Questions


What Time do I need to Arrive?

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to each ride to allow time to unload your bike, park your car, pick up your T-shirt or jersey, change into your T-shirt or jersey, pick up refreshments ride packet and then get to the starting point.

Where does my registration fee go?

All net proceeds will directly benefit Black Leaders Detroit and funding for black entrepreneurs in the city of Detroit.

What will I receive as part of my registration fee?

On the day of the ride, you will receive an event T-shirt, refreshments and the gratitude of Black Leaders Detroit and the entrepreneurs we support.

Can I cancel my registration and receive a refund?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds. However, your fee will support a worthy cause. You may transfer your registration to another person. To do so, please call 313-550-4343.

Can I listen to music while riding in the Ride For Equity?

Yes, participants are permitted to listen to music while riding, but it must be done using headphones. External speakers are not allowed to ensure that riders can hear any important directions or announcements from the lead rider and maintain safety on the route.

Can children participate in the kickoff?

Yes, of course. And they ride for free!  Since we're expecting a large number of participants for the kickoff, all we ask is that parents stay with their children during the ride to ensure they are safe and accounted for.

Riding Questions

Safety is our top priority. Please remember that the Ride for Equity is on open roads, so cyclists will be riding with vehicular traffic and must obey traffic laws. All cyclists are required to wear a helmet. To help ensure your safety on the kickoff ride, there will be course marshals, directional signage, and police patrols. 

Can I register for multiple rides?

Yes, register for as many rides as you please. There will be a registration fee for each ride.

Who do I call if I'm experiencing trouble or get lost during the ride?

Contact a BLD team member at 313-550-4343

What are the rides beginning and ending destinations?

Click here to view Ride for Equity Itinerary.

When does each ride start?

Each ride launches at 8am.

How much training should I do?

If you plan on participating in rides other than the the take-off you should be comfortable riding at the minimum pace of 12 MPH for at least 50 miles. (Please note: You do not have to ride the distance you registered for if you feel you are not prepared the day of the ride.)

Will there be breaks during the longer rides?

Refreshments and supplemental nutrition will be distributed at the beginning of each ride. Breaks will be taken along the route to replenish your body and restock your supplies.

Will food be provided?

Lunch will be provided each day during the ride, and food will be provided during our SPEAK FOR YOURSELF events in Flint and Petosky only. On other days, participants will be responsible for paying for their own dinners.

Do I have to follow the rules of the road?

Yes. After the kickoff, traffic will not be stopped for the remaining rides. Riders are expected to obey traffic lights and signs.

Do I have to make my own hotel reservations if staying overnight?

Yes, click here for the names of the hotels where the BLD has blocked rooms for the ride.

Donation Questions

Where will my donations go?

All donations will directly benefit Black Leaders Detroit and funding for black entrepreneurs in the city of Detroit.

Can I set-up a team fundraising page?

Yes, you can set-up a team fundraising page and support BLD's mission by getting your friends and family to donate. Click here then register, then create a team to start a team page.

Can I make a donation to Ride for Equity if I'm not riding?

Absolutely, you can make a donation online and become a BLD member.

Is my donation and/or registration tax deductible?

Donations are tax-deductible;  $52 of each registration fee is tax-deductible.

Can I volunteer?

Yes, click here to access the volunteer sign-up form.

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