The LGBTQ women’s motorcycle club, Dykes on Bikes Detroit, began in 2008 with Heather O’Brian as president, Marianne Waugh as vice president, Tracy Brown as treasurer and Ronda Wright as secretary. Since then, the organization has been committed to creating a local community of women motorcyclists and friends of women motorcyclists. On June 11, Dykes on Bikes Detroit will ride in the Motor City Pride Parade. Lineup starts at 10 a.m. Beyond that, the club meets on the first Wednesday of the month now through November from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Rd. in Fernale.
Dykes on Bikes is open to all age groups, and all are open to ride motorcycles with them provided one is endorsed and insured. Though the law in Michigan has changed to allow bikers to ride without helmets, Dykes on Bikes considers it a must when riding with them. An emphasis on no drinking, drugs or “horsing around” is also critical to riding with the women. Membership requirements include voting for the board and riding in at least one Pride festival with the Dykes on Bikes patch displayed on a black vest. Visit http://www.dykesonbikesdetroit.com for more information.