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Bike train/ride to “Motherload” showing

Join Bike Ypsi and the Ypsi Bike Coop for a multi-stop ride to the showing of “Motherload” at the Michigan Theater!

Monday, September 23, 2019 at 5:45 PM – 9:45 PM

Meet up at Ypsilanti’s Recreation Park at 5:45pm (1117 S Congress St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197). We will roll promptly at 6:00pm. The next stop is at the bike racks in front of WCC’s Health and Fitness Center, leaving there at 6:20pm. From there, we will take Gallup Park into Ann Arbor. Join us at either stop or catch us along the way.

All riders must have lights for the return trip. Helmets strongly recommended and mandatory for riders 16 and under (state law!).

Conversational pace but be ready to ride 6 (from WCC) to 9 (from Rec Park) miles each way, with some hills.

TACO TOUR TWELVE

TACO TOUR TWELVE

TACO TOUR TWELVE !!!

 

Join us again for the twelfth iteration of Bike Ypsi’s Taco Tour as we roll out  to devour the best tacos of our environs! The best indeed! Only locally owned, only traditional tacos!

 

Three ride options exist for your choosing: 

 

1- The Townie, a five-mile trip to three taquerias, a visit to Go! Ice Cream for a Choco-Taco, and finish at Cultivate Tap house for liquid refreshment. 

 

2- The Traditional Ride, a 15-mile trip with six tacos, a visit to Go! Ice Cream for a Choco-Taco, and finish at Cultivate Tap house for liquid refreshment. 

 

3- The Torture Tour (for the total taco experience), 25-mile trip with nine tacos, a visit to Go! Ice Cream for a Choco-Taco, and finish at Cultivate Tap house for liquid refreshment.

 

The taquerias comprise the best local taquerias for you to sample. These small (perhaps unknown to you) locations provide traditional tacos for your enjoyment. Come discover some hidden gems in Ypsilanti.

 

Go! Ice Cream makes a once a year treat the “Choco-Taco,” just for us. It is their house-made dairy-free chocolate sorbet, in a taco/waffle shell, dressed with a chocolate glaze, dusted cocoa nibs and chili spice!  This cold confection is so full of flavor you won’t want to miss it.

 

Cultivate Coffee and Tap House supplies us with an incredible beer selection in Ypsilanti and at reduced prices for this event. Your first beverage is included in your registration cost. Beverage choices include coffee or tea drinks, beer from their extensive tap list, and a special drink just for the Tour, a summertime mixed drink called the Bicicletta. 

 

Oh and did we mention music? TBD band at Cultivate, playing from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm.

 

There is swag too! You will receive a custom embroidered badge with the Taco Tour logo to put on your bike bag, backpack, favorite flannel shirt, or just to put in your hand.

 

Shirts in limited sizes will be available at an extra cost.  Pint glasses will be available at $3 apiece.

 

Here are the essentials:

 

September 15, 2019 Sunday. Rides begin at noon, last all afternoon and finish about 4-5 with music and beverages afterward.

 

Start: Frog Island parking lot, 699 Rice Street. Parking also available at the River street lot, entrance just north of the old train depot.  Sign-in and departure behind the Ypsi Freight house.

 

Finish: Cultivate Coffee and Tap House  307 N. River Street. (note parking is insufficient here, use Frog Island lot, only one block away.)

 

Sign-in and group assignment starts at 11:00 am day of event, Sunday September 15th.

 

Torture rolls out at 12 noon. Note: earlier start than past years.

 

Traditional leaves 12:15 pm.  Note: earlier start than prior years.

 

Townie leaves at 1:00 pm.

 

These rides are social, not racing, not training (except for the taco eating part). 

 

Pick the ride corresponding to your appetite, not your best mileage.

 

Voting for best taco will be for the stops on the Traditional ride, sorry, no voting for Townie riders.

 

Costs:

 

Townie: 5-6 miles in Ypsilanti, 3 tacos, 1 Choco-Taco, 1 embroidered badge, 1 beverage. $25.00.

 

Traditional: 15-17 miles starting in Ypsilanti looping to Platt Rd in Ann Arbor and back. 6 tacos, (7 taquerias to choose from, additional taco tickets can be purchased from ride guides during event), 1 Choco-Taco, 1 embroidered badge, 1 beverage.  $30.00.

 

Torture: 25-30 miles (not the Torture part), 9 tacos (can you handle that many?), plus a 1 Choco-Taco, 1 embroidered badge, and a 1 beverage. Honestly, the miles are not enough for the tacos, you should skip breakfast!  This is not so much for serious riders as for serious eaters! $35.00

 

Extra Tokens: 

Hungry riders can obtain extra taco tokens for $2.00 apiece from their ride guides. 

Those with a sweet-tooth can get an extra Choco-Taco token at $4.00.

Kids who are riding with a supervising full purchase adult can use just taco tokens at $2.00 each, Choco-Taco token at $4.00. 

 

Registration: 

 

by mail.  (Be early, as this event always fills up.)

 

Mail your information and check (payable to Tom Lennon) to:

 

Tom Lennon

1110 Sweet Road

Ypsilanti MI 48198

 

And yes, I know it’s retro. If you don’t have a checking account, you surely have a friend with an account who wants to ride.

 

Include: 

 

-Name of each rider and their choice of:

-Ride event (Townie, Traditional, Torture)

-Meat or Vegan option (this helps taquerias prep)

-Extra Taco tokens for kids riding with adult $2 each, Choc-Taco $4.

-check for the full amount.

-email address so we can confirm your registration.

 

Questions?? email Tom.  “tom at taco tom dot net”

Ypsilanti Bike To Work Day & Commuter Station

Ypsilanti Bike To Work Day & Commuter Station

Ypsilanti Bike To Work Day & Commuter Station

Friday, May 17th

Beezy’s Cafe, 20 North Washington Street, Ypsilanti 

Times are listed below.

 

This Friday, consider bicycling to work, to class, for errands, for a meal, or for any other local activity in Ypsilanti (a League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly Community). This one day of the year is dedicated to getting people on bikes for local transportation where in the past they may have hopped in a car, so give it a try. You will also get some healthy exercise and save money in the process.

If you are bike riding in (or through) Ypsilanti this Friday morning, stop by the Bike Commuter Station from 7am to 9am in front of Beezy’s Café (20 North Washington Street) for biking/walking information, maps, free coffee/snacks and to enter a raffle for bike-related prizes. Also, in honor of Bike To Work Day, Beezy’s will be providing free coffee all day long May 17th (7am to 4pm) to cyclists who show their helmet to the cashier.

For those needing to go to Ann Arbor, join the Bike Ypsi group commute ride to Ann Arbor leaving at 8am from Beezy’s (they open at 7am for breakfast). For more information, including other bike commuter stations set up around Ann Arbor, visit https://www.getdowntown.org/events/commuter-challenge.

Ypsilanti Ride Of Silence

Ypsilanti Ride Of Silence

Ypsilanti Ride Of Silence
Wednesday, May 15th – 7pm
Recreation Park – Rutherford Pool Parking Area, Congress at Elm, Ypsilanti

Silent ride held around the world on the 3rd Wednesday of May to commemorate bicyclists killed or injured while riding and part of a world-wide event urging everyone, cyclists and motorists, to “share the road”. The Ypsilanti Ride Of Silence takes place at 7pm at Recreation Park – Rutherford Pool Parking Area, Congress at Elm, Ypsilanti (map at https://goo.gl/maps/8sBRH7j5Rzj). Ride length of 9 miles at a relaxed pace taking approximately one hour. Co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (www.aabts.org), Bike Ypsi (www.bikeypsi.org) and the Program To Educate All Cyclists (www.bikeprogram.org). For more information, including a route map, visit www.bbwypsi.org and click on the ROS button. For more information about the Ride Of Silence in general, visit www.rideofsilence.org.

Bike Ypsi Spring Ride 2019

Bike Ypsi Spring Ride 2019

Bike Ypsi Spring Ride 2019
Sunday, May 5th
Photos on FB at https://www.facebook.com/pg/bikeypsi/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157528686266929

Recreation Park, 1015 North Congress, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

The Bike Ypsi Spring Ride and Festival is the perfect event to jump start your summer of cycling. With guided rides for all skill levels, mechanics to get your bike road ready, and no shortage of friends, food, and fun.

 

The 2019 Spring Ride will include:

A 15 mile ride exploring the roads and routes in the city of Ypsilanti, a 30 mile ride, and a 3 mile townie ride/neighborhood role. All rides will have Bike Ypsi guides and will focus on promoting safe, smart, fun riding.

 

There will be local bike mechanics on hand to perform maintenance before and after the ride to ensure that your bike is ready for the roads

 

And as always the ride will be followed by a cookout with food provided for the cyclists by local companies and festivities.

 

Join us May 5th, 2019

  • Check in and tune-ups start at 9:00 am
  • 15 and 30 mile rides, check in by 9:45 am, launch at 10 am
  • 3-mile Townie Ride / Neighborhood Roll, check in by 10:30 am (come earlier if you’d like to have a mechanic look at your bike)

 

Recreation Park

1015 North Congress

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

If you would like to volunteer or to be a ride guide, please email us at [email protected] – we’d love to have you join us!

 

 

Spring Ride Planning Meeting

Spring Ride Planning Meeting

The Bike Ypsi Spring Ride is on! We need people to help. There are all types of volunteer opportunities, small and large. Come help us plan it and have some fun!

Sunday, March 10th, 4 PM

Arbor Brewing Brewpub (corner brewery)
720 Norris St., Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Hope to see you there!

Bike Ypsi HUB

Bike Ypsi Holiday Lights Ride

Bike Ypsi Holiday Lights Ride

Monday, December 17, 2018 at 7 PM – 8 PM
Arbor Brewing Company (Ypsilanti)  720 Norris St., Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198

Choose from a short (30-40 minute) or “little longer” (one hour) bicycle ride that will take take you through low traffic Ypsi residential neighborhoods to view holiday light displays from your bike. Socializing afterward at the Corner Brewery (Arbor Brewing Company – Ypsilanti). Please dress to stay warm and all riders should have working front and rear lights.

Special Alert – Vote For County Trails November 6th

Special Alert – Vote For County Trails November 6th

 

On the November ballot in Washtenaw County will be a renewal of a tax millage that would help fund the work of the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission. Specifically, the millage would renew the Commission’s the development and acquisition fund, which largely goes to projects like the Border To Border (B2B) Trail and other non-motorized paths under the Commissions Connecting Communities program (https://www.washtenaw.org/953/Connecting-Communities-Grants). Locally Bike Ypsi, the Friends of the Border To Border Trail (www.bordertoborder.org), and the Washtenaw Bicycling & Walking Coalition (www.wbwc.org) have endorsed the millage renewal.

 

It should be noted that this ten-year millage was first approved by the citizens of Washtenaw County in 1988, and has been renewed for an additional ten year period two times. The ¼ mill renewal, though relatively modest, costs the typical homeowner about $30 per year. If approved, this tax would be levied for 10 years starting in December 2020 and would raise an estimated $3.84 million that year.

 

So please on November 6th vote yes on the “Proposition to Renew the Tax Limitation for Parks and Recreation Purposes Including Acquisition, Development, Maintenance and Operation of Park Lands and Recreation Facilities for the Benefit of Washtenaw County Citizens.”

Fall “Cider and Donuts” Ride

Fall “Cider and Donuts” Ride

Bike Ypsi Fall “Cider and Donuts” Ride 2018
Oct 21, 2018
2:00 pm

Leaves from: Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, Norris Street
Ends at: Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, Norris Street

This year we’re combining two great Bike Ypsi events.
The Bike Ypsi Fall Ride and the Cider and Donuts Ride.

 

With two routes…

18 miles round trip to
Plymouth Orchards Red Shed Market
10260 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170
https://www.plymouthorchards.com/visit/

 

and a 30 miles round trip to
Obstbaum Orchards
9252 Currie Rd, Northville, MI 48167
http://www.obstbaum.com

 

The routes are mostly paved but there will be some hard packed dirt road that are pretty smooth and totally road-bike-able.

Bring $ for treats at the orchard (and bags, if you plan to haul some home).

 

The 18 mile will have guides but no sag, so pump your tires, bring water, and, ideally, have a patch kit with you.

As with all our rides, helmets are strongly encouraged for everyone, and mandatory for riders under 16 (state law, people). Any minors who join us must ride with a parent or guardian.

Taco Tour XI

Taco Tour XI

TACO TOUR XI
8/21/2018: Update: Taco Tour Registration is full. Looking forward to seeing you all in September!

Before Tacos were hip, Ypsilanti had tacos. Before cycling was cool, Bike Ypsi was riding. Now you can do both in one event.  Ride your bike and enjoy tacos with like-minded folk.

 

Join us again for the eleventh iteration of Bike Ypsi’s Taco Tour on Sunday, September 16, as we roll out again to devour the best tacos of our environs!

 

Three ride options exist for your choosing:

 

  1. The Townie, a 5 mile ride, to visit 3 taquerias, and capped by a visit to Go! Ice Cream for a Choco-Taco, and finish at Cultivate Tap house where you will get a Taco Tour pint glass to keep and a free beverage to fill it with. Departs at 1:00pm. $25
  2. Your next choice is the Traditional, which is 15-17 miles of riding, starting in Ypsilanti, looping to Platt Rd in Ann arbor and back. Six tacos, (7 taquerias to choose from), then a Choco-Taco, 1 pint glass, 1 beverage at Cultivate.  Opportunity to vote for the best tacos from these taquerias! Departs at 12:15pm. $30
  3. Lastly, the Torture for the total taco experience: 30 miles (which is not the Torture part) 9 tacos (can you handle that?) plus a Choco-Taco, a pint glass and a beverage at Cultivate. Honestly, the miles are not enough for the tacos, you should skip breakfast!  This is not so much for serious riders as for serious eaters! Departs at 12:00pm. $35

 

The taquerias comprise the best local options, for you to sample. These small, sometimes unknown, locations provide traditional tacos for your enjoyment. Come discover some hidden gems in the greater Ypsilanti area.

 

Go! Ice Cream makes a once a year treat, the Choco-Taco just for us. It is their house-made dairy-free chocolate sorbet, in a taco/waffle shell, dressed with a chocolate glaze and dusted with chili spice!  This cold confection is so full of flavor you won’t want to miss it!

 

Cultivate Coffee and Tap House supplies us with an incredible beer selection in Ypsilanti at reduced prices for this event. Your first beer (or coffee or tea) is included in your registration cost. You will be able to get additional beer pours in the Garden at only $5 apiece.

 

Did we mention music? Cultivate has lined up a great band, Jive Colossus, playing from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm.

 

Oh, there is swag too. You will receive a custom pint glass with the Taco Tour logo with which to contain your beverage and to take home when done.

 

Shirts will be available at an extra cost.  Order by 8-20-18 and you can get one, in your size, at $15 apiece. There will also be some extras available to purchase at the event. See the images below!

 

 

Here are the essentials:

 

September 16, 2018 Sunday, registration begins at 11:00am. Departure times for each ride listed above. Rides last all afternoon and finish about 4-5pm, with music and beverages afterward.

 

Start: Frog Island parking lot, 699 Rice Street. Behind the Ypsi Freight house.

 

Finish: Cultivate Coffee & Tap House  307 N. River Street. (note parking is insufficient here, use Frog Island lot, only 1.5 blocks away.)

 

 

The very hungry, taco-curious riders can obtain extra taco tokens from their ride guides for $2 apiece, or a Choco-Taco token at $4.

 

Kids who are riding with a supervising full-purchase adult can use just taco tokens at $2 each, Choco-Taco token at $4.

 

These rides are social, not racing, not training (except for the taco eating part).

 

 

Registration: by mail.

8/21/2018: Update: Taco Tour Registration is full. Looking forward to seeing you all in September!

 

 

Include:

-Name of each rider and their choice of:

-Ride event (Townie, Traditional, Torture)

-Meat or Vegan option (this helps taquerias prep)

-Shirt is $15 extra, include size if you want to pre-order. S,M,L, XL in Men or Women (see mockup images below!)

-Extra Taco tokens (also available during event) $2 each, Choc-Taco $4.

-check for the full amount.

-email address so we can confirm your registration.

– made payable to Tom Lennon

 

Questions?? email Tom.  “tom at taco tom dot net”

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Bike To Work Day

Bike To Work Day

Bike To Work Day

Ypsilanti Commuter Station

Friday, May 18, 7am to 9am

Beezy’s Café – 20 North Washington Street

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, stop by the Commuter Station 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 leaving at 8am from Beezys. For more information, including other bike commuter stations set up around Ann Arbor, visit www.getdowntown.org/Events/CommuterChallenge.

Ride Of Silence

Ride Of Silence

Ride Of Silence

Wednesday, May 16, 7pm

Recreation Park, 1015 North Congress Street

The Ride of Silence is meant to commemorate bicyclists killed or injured while riding and part of a world-wide event urging everyone, cyclists and motorists, to “share the road”. The event has a ride length of 9 miles at a relaxed pace taking approximately one hour. Wear a black armband, or if you have been hit while riding, a red armband. Also the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society will have a limited supply of recently laundered “Ride Of Silence” t-shirts that cyclists can borrow for the ride (but must be returned at the end of the ride to use next year).

Cosponsored by Bike Ypsi, the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (www.aabts.org) and the Program To Educate All Cyclists (www.bikeprogram.org). For more information, including a route map, visit www.bbwypsi.org and click on the ROS button.