DETROIT (AP) – An event billed by organizers as Michigan’s biggest cycling ride is taking off in Detroit.

About 7,000 people are expected to ride Saturday in the 14th annual Tour de Troit.

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Only 30 people were involved at the first Tour de Troit.

The 30-mile ride will start in Detroit’s Corktown, pass through several historic neighborhoods and circle Belle Isle. A 62-mile ride for advanced riders also will be held.

The event has raised nearly $200,000 for greenways and other non-motorized projects in Detroit, helping develop more than 17 miles of bike lanes.

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Detroit has become a hotpot for bicycling in recent years. A weekly ride called Slow Roll Detroit also is popular, often attracting 3,000 or more cyclists on Monday evenings.

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