May 10–16, 2015
Also know as national “Bike To Work Week”, this is a series of events geared towards getting people to try bicycling as not only a means of recreation, but transportation. Need to go to work? If possible, bike! Need to run an errand (be it to the library, a store, Post Office, etc.)? Try biking there! And the hope is if you try biking to a destination once, it may become a year-round healthy (and economical) habit.
All Week Activities
- 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.
- 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.
- Ghost Bikes – Week-long display of white “ghost” bikes where cyclists have been hit in Ypsilanti. Visit www.bbwypsi.org for locations. 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.
Sunday, May 10th – Bike Ypsi Sunday Ride
1pm, Recreation Park, Oakwood and Congress. This Bike Ypsi ride is held year-round, every Sunday at 1pm. Ride is moderate paced and lasts about an hour or two, depending on who is riding and where they vote to go.
Wednesday, May 13 – Slow Roll Ypsi
7pm start time. This is a slow paced, very casual ride, around an hour long, in quiet Ypsilanti neighborhoods and the Border To Border Trail while at the same time keeping the route as flat as possible. Meet at Recreation Park, Congress at Oakwood Streets in Ypsilanti. Sponsored by Bike Ypsi.
Thursday, May 14, – Basic Biking Talk
7pm, Library Plaza Park (229 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 (www.bikeypsi.org) and the City of Ypsilanti Non-Motorized Advisory Committee
Friday, May 15 – Bike To Work Day Comes To Ypsilanti!
Consider biking or walking 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. If you are walking or bike riding to work or for errands in Ypsilanti May 15th, stop by the Bike To Work Day booth in front of Beezy’s Café, 20 N. Washington Avenue from 7am to 10am for biking/walking information, maps and free coffee/snacks. For those needing to go to Ann Arbor, join the Bike Ypsi group commute ride to Ann Arbor promptly at 7:30 from Beezys (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://www.getdowntown.org/Events/CommuterChallenge
Saturday, May 16 – Healthy Kids Day – Bike Repair & Bike Rodeo
10am to 2pm – Estabrook Elementary School, 1555 W. Cross Street in Ypsilanti. Volunteer bike mechanics will help get your bike ready for riding. Clean your bike until it shines at the washing stations. Complete the Bike Rodeo Skills Course and get a helmet and a bike bell ($5 donation appreciated – limited number of helmets/bells). Fun, games and healthy snacks all during the event. For further information, or to volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by Common Cycle (http://commoncycle.org), the Ann Arbor YMCA (www.annarborymca.org) and Safe Kids of Huron Valley (www.safekids.org/coalition/safe-kids-huron-valley). Volunteers also needed for this event! Please contact Ian (email@example.com) or Jim (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help (no bike experience required – just that you like to help kids!)
More activities, including walks, posted on the Bike Bus Walk Ypsi website – www.bbwypsi.org