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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.