Pedal to the Metal

Please Note: The Detroit Historical Museum is closed due to flooding.

OPEN THROUGH JULY 25, 2021 in America's Motor City Showcase

While Detroit is mainly known for getting around on four wheels, the city has a long history involving transportation of the two-wheeled variety – bicycles! Many early automotive pioneers were cycling enthusiasts during a time when bicycles ruled the road. In the 1890s, cycling clubs had hundreds of members who raced on local velodromes or led far-flung excursions. One of these clubs remains active today, even as bike-friendly infrastructure, bike-share programs and riding events have reinvigorated the Detroit biking craze. This exhibition explores Detroit’s bicycle infatuation, from past to present.

Are you part of a bike club? Have you been a part of a bike tour like Tour De Troit? Do you just love riding your bicycle? If you answered yes, send us a photograph of you and your bike that we can add to our Pedal to the Metal – Pics! online exhibition. 


• Submit a digital photograph or a physical copy of a photograph of you and your bicycle
• Include your full name and the location the photograph was taken
• Send a high-quality copy of the photograph if mailing
• Send a high-resolution digital file or scan (300 dpi .jpeg or .tiff) if emailing

Please mail physical photographs to the attention of Tracy Irwin, Director of Exhibitions and Collections Detroit Historical Society, 5401 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48202. Or email digital files to

The Detroit Historical Museum reserves the right to retain all photographs sent in; not all submissions will be used. The Detroit Historical Society is given permission to use images selected for use in Pedal to the Metal – Pics! Online exhibition as well as other Detroit Historical Society exhibitions and/or publications. Selected photographs will become part of the permanent collection.

Photographs will be accepted throughout the duration of the exhibition.