With Tour de Crim just around the corner, the Vehicle City will soon be transformed into Bicycle City. Using the same course that the Crim Festival of Races uses in August, the Tour de Crim is a non-competitive race that focuses on simply enjoying the ride.

What you can expect to see along the way:

Mott Park The first stretch of the race will lead you to Mott Park, a neighborhood situated near Kettering University and McLaren Regional Hospital. With a strong community, Mott Park residents ensure that their neighborhood is always full of activities.

Historic Woodcroft Estates After braving the Bradley Hills, you will ride through the Historic Woodcroft Estates district. Located near the Swartz Creek Valley Golf Course, Woodcroft Estates is home to beautiful neoclassical, French and Tudor revival mansions, and homes. Automotive executives such as F.A. Bower and Enos DeWater built these buildings around the 1920s.

The Bricks The iconic brick section of Saginaw Street is home to many of Flint’s restaurants, bars and shops – and has been that way for decades. As you ride under the arches, past the Mott Foundation Building and toward the Durant, you will get a sense of the history that Flint holds.

Carriage Town Home to the original offices of the Durant-Dort Carriage Co. and the recently renovated Durant-Dort Factory One, Carriage Town is home to some of the oldest houses in Flint.  Historic residents of the Carriage Town district include Fred A. Aldrich and Albert Kratz.

To see more of what Flint has to offer, participants can extend their tour by riding through the Genesee Valley Trail or the Flint River Trail.

If you don’t have a bike of your own, don’t worry. With the Flint Bike Share program, you can rent a bike at one of the seven spots in downtown Flint for only $2 an hour, and your first half hour is free. For more information on the program, click here.