Detroit’s history as the heart of the American auto industry, leading to the nickname Motor City, has often neglected cyclists. The Dequindre Cut Greenway is the beginning of many changes Detroit is making to become a more bike-friendly city. Formerly a Grand Trunk Railroad line and outdoor art studio for graffiti artists, the 1.35-mile long recreational path connects the riverfront to Eastern Market and residential neighborhoods in between, all the while keeping the urban art preserved. Grab some fresh produce at frighteningly cheap prices at Eastern Market and enter Dequindre Cut through its northern ramp on Gratiot Avenue. The smooth, pothole-free pavement eventually leads to the riverfront, which is filled with places to picnic and dine. Extend the outdoor adventures by visiting Belle Isle: Located in the middle of the Detroit River, the island park (designed by New York Central Park architect Frederick Law Olmsted) has a must-see aquarium and conservatory, and even a casino and nature zoo.