News Release

The 23rd Annual Midnight Bicycle Tour of Detroit

Over 200 University of Detroit Mercy students on bicycles are expected to participate in the 23rd annual Midnight Bicycle Tour of Detroit on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 9 p.m.

UDM students will begin in Parking Lot "A," north of Reno Hall on the McNichols Campus. Before the night is over, the 25-mile round trip excursion will include such sites as the Palmer Park/Palmer Woods areas, Indian Village, Greektown, the Cultural Center, Eastern Market, the Boston - Edison District and a north Woodward ride through downtown Detroit. Escorting the students will be members of UDM Public Safety Department.

The bike tour includes rest stops to point out places of interest and a hot dog break at midnight at Detroit's famous Lafayette Coney Island. The cyclists should return to campus around 1 a.m. on Saturday morning.

While UDM students can participate for free, non-UDM students can participate for $20 and all riders will receive the limited edition moisture wicking Bike Tour t-shirt. On-site registration begins promptly at 8 p.m.

"The bike ride has become one of our student’s favorite ways of kicking off the school year," said Alec Whitfield, assistant director of student life. "Each ride picks up more momentum from both faculty and students. This is an excellent opportunity for new students to see Detroit and even native Detroiters to see our city from an entirely different perspective, at night."

For more information or to rent a bicycle at no cost, contact the Student Life office at 313-993-1150, go to or e-mail

Release date: September 16, 2012

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, offering approximately 100 majors and programs in 60 academic fields. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has three campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

For the 12th consecutive year, UDM was ranked among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges," 2013 edition.