May 11–17, 2014
Need exercise? Gas prices affecting your budget? Consider bicycling, walking or taking the bus to do your errands, travel to work or class, or just to get more exercise! To help get you going, the following events will be held during Ypsilanti’s Bike-Bus-Walk Week…
All Week Events
- Free Coffee For Bicyclists – Beezys Café (20 North Washington Street) and the Wolverine Grill (228 West Michigan Avenue) in downtown Ypsi will offer free small coffee to anyone who rides and brings in their bike helmet during Bike-Bus-Walk Week.
- Ghost Bikes – Week-long display of white “ghost” bikes where cyclists have been hit in Ypsilanti meant to urge everyone to share the road. Locations will be at the SE corner of Cross and College Place and the SW corner of Forest and Prospect. Meant to be a simple message to motorists and bicyclists to “share the road” with courtesy to each other. Sponsored by the City of Ypsilanti Non-Motorized Advisory Committee.
- Bicycling & Walking Information – Literature rack display of handouts, Border To Border Trail maps at Ypsilanti Cycle, 116 West Michigan Avenue – Sponsored by the City of Ypsilanti Non-Motorized Committee.
Special BBW Week Events
- Basic Biking Talk – Thursday, May 15, 7pm, Library Plaza Park (219 West Michigan Avenue, east of the downtown library). Did you know that 25% of all trips are made within a mile of our homes and 40% within two miles of our home? Bicycling can be more than just a hobby; it can be a great form of transportation. Learn to navigate in busy urban areas safely and legally and basic maintenance (change a flat tire, basic bike checks). Free. In case of rain, the talk will be held indoors next door at B-24s Café. Sponsored by Bike Ypsi.
- Bike To Work Day – Friday, May 16 – Consider biking to work or for errands in Ypsilanti? This one day of the year is dedicated to getting people on bikes so give it a try! For those needing to go to Ann Arbor, join the Bike Ypsi group commute ride to Ann Arbor promptly at 7:30 from Beezys Café, 20 North Washington Street in downtown Ypsi (come earlier for breakfast – Beezys opens at 7am and they can cook fast). Groups will plan to stop at bike commuter stations set up around Ann Arbor where snacks and refreshments will be available (commuter station locations can be viewed at http://commuter.getdowntown.org/~getdown/content/bike-work-day-events.
When: Wednesday May 21, 7 PM
Where: Recreation Park & Senior Center Parking Lot/Pavilion, 1015 Congress Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Silent ride to commemorate bicyclists killed or injured while riding and part of a world-wide event. Ride length is 8-12 miles at a relaxed pace. The joint Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Ride of silence is held at Ypsilanti’s Recreation Park, Congress and Elm Streets, and is sponsored by Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society and Bike Ypsi. For more information contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-487-9058.
The ride is free and open to the public and is approximately an hour long. All participants asked to wear a bicycle helmet and to obey all traffic laws. For more information about the Ride Of Silence itself visit www.rideofsilence.org.