• What is Pedal to Porch?

    A neighborhood bike ride that includes stops along a route

    where residents use their front porch as a stage to tell their story.

  • ABOUT

    We use the power of storytelling to lower the barrier of connection between neighbors,

    initiate new conversations, and celebrate neighborhood history.

     

    Pedal to Porch consists of four essential elements:

    Canvassing

    Spreading the word

    Some neighbors do not have internet access. In recognition of that, we knock on doors to meet neighbors and invite them to participate in the event as a biker and/or storyteller.

    Crafting Stories

    Offering technical support

    Neighbors should feel confident sharing their story. So, we offer a storytelling workshop to help them craft a 5-minute story about a significant event that occurred in their home or on their street.

    Biking

    Exploring a neighborhood on a bike

    Participants get out of their cars and onto their bikes. Biking through a neighborhood adds a layer of context to the collective story.

    Sharing

    Perserving history

    The experience is documented along the way. We share content online, as well as, design public exhibitions of neighborhood stories, i.e. film screening, etc.

  • FAQ

    Learn additional details about Pedal to Porch.

    How did this project get started?

    In 2015, Cornetta Lane launched the first bike ride called Core City Stories. The purpose was to preserve the historical identity of her neighborhood, Core City. After the ride, we received requests to host similar bike rides in other neighborhoods, so we applied and received a grant from the Knight Foundation and launched Pedal to Porch.

     

    Click here to view the origin story.

    How can I get involved?

    Depends. Would you like to participate in a bike ride? Tell a story? Become a volunteer? Host Pedal to Porch in your neighborhood? The best way to get started is the complete this contact form.

    How many miles/how long is the ride?

    We usually ride between 4-6 miles and at 10-15mph; it takes us about 3 hours to complete the experience.

    What do I need to bring?

    If you have access to a bike, we ask that you come prepared with lights, a helmet, and extra tube. If you do not have access to a bike or helmet, up to 10 bikes will be available for use on a first come, first served basis.

  • THE EXPERIENCE

    What's a Pedal to Porch experience?

    Check out videos from the latest rides!

    Mack Ave Corridor Trailer (66s)

    Residents along the Mack Avenue Corridor tell stories about what it means to be a good neighbor.

    Summer 2016 | Click the button below to watch full-length video | Approx. 16 minutes.

    Southwest Detroit Trailer (65s)

    Southwest Detroit residents share stories of resistance, hope, and pride.

    Summer 2016 | Full-length video will be uploaded soon. Stay tuned!

  • RESOURCES

    Interested in hosting Pedal to Porch in your neighborhood? Download the Pedal to Porch starter kit.

  • IN THE NEWS

    Pedal to Porch in the News. Learn the latest!

    When Cycling and Storytelling Mingle

    By Jessica Leigh Hester

    Detroit’s Pedal to Porch project hopes neighbors will slow down and meet each other.

    'Pedal to Porch' short film profiles Detroit

    By Erin Podolsky

    Freep Film Festival will feature nearly 20 regional and world premieres over four nights starting March 30 to April 2, 2017.

    Abandoned: Two Detroits

    Hosted By Rick McCrank

    Detroit is the poster child for urban blight, but it's also the most hyped comeback city in the US. Rick gets the lowdown on the continued growing pains of the Motor City.

  • CONTACT

    Reason for your inquiry:

    • You'd like to say hello and get involved
    • You'd like us to speak at an event or conference
    • You're interested in hosting Pedal to Porch in your neighborhood