Neither the bridge nor the tunnel connecting Windsor (Ontario, Canada) to Detroit (Michigan, USA) allows bicycles. According to Google Maps, the nearest ferry is on the other side of Lake St. Clair.

However, there appears to be a truck ferry. Although marketed for trucks, is it possible to use it as a cyclist, either formally or informally?


Officially the answer is no. The Truck Ferry doesn't quote any tolls for cyclists or pedestrians. Unofficially the answer is likely to be no either, as using this ferry doesn't appear to be a known method to cyclists on either side of the border.

Your current options are:

  • The Tunnel Bus, which requires the bike be disassembled and in a bike bag, and the bus not be full.
  • A very long detour to the Bluewater Ferry between Marine City and Sombra.
  • Bike the Bridge, an annual event in which cyclists can cross the Ambassador Bridge. This is probably not a realistic option for travel.

The New International Trade Crossing bridge, expected to open as early as 2020, is planned to include a bike path. A passenger ferry service which will permit cyclists is also planned.

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  • Hmm. This fellow seems to have succeeded. Or maybe I qualify as hazardous material if I carry some camping fuel ;-). – gerrit Jul 31 '14 at 14:14
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    @gerrit Yes, you can do that too. Just go have a long career working in CBSA and get to know the owner of the ferry... I suspect that will take longer than any of the other options. – Michael Hampton Jul 31 '14 at 14:24
  • Additionally, might a taxi, or combination of two taxis, be an option? – gerrit Oct 12 '18 at 14:33
  • If you can get a taxi to take your bicycle, then by all means! – Michael Hampton Oct 12 '18 at 16:16

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