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Bike Ypsi’s Annual Holiday Lights Ride

Bike Ypsi’s Annual Holiday Lights Ride

Bike Ypsi’s Annual Holiday Lights Ride

Tuesday, December 17th, 7:30pm, Corner Brewery (Arbor Brewing Ypsilanti), Norris at Forest

 

Choose from a short (30-40 minute) or “little longer” (one hour) bicycle ride that will take you through low traffic Ypsi residential neighborhoods to view holiday light displays from your bike (“decked” out bikes encouraged). 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. Ride leaves promptly at 7:30pm.

 

PS – By popular demand from previous year’s rides, selected 5th grade band holiday music selections, where the band members are playing their hearts out and trying soooo hard, will be played by ride leaders during the course of the ride. Visit here – https://youtu.be/jEWpS5V2F2Q – for a sample!

Bike Ypsi New Years First Ride In The First Hour (11th Annual!)

Bike Ypsi New Years First Ride In The First Hour (11th Annual!)

January 1st at 12:30am (yes… 30 minutes after midnight!)
Arbor Brewing Ypsilanti (Corner Brewery), Norris at Forest.
 

Get the year off right by riding in the first hour of the New Year on this annual ride! The ride leaves promptly at 12:30am.
 

Ride on low traffic residential streets. Lights (front and rear) mandatory. Ride will be approximately 6 miles long and take around 30 minutes. The start location is the Corner Brewery so people can warm up inside before the ride starts (and take in their free New Years party along with a bonfire in the outdoor beer garden) and have a post-ride libation (the Corner Brewery is open to 2am).
 

Ride leader is Bob at [email protected] or 734-487-9058.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Ride cancelled if Winter Weather Advisory/Watch, or temperatures below 15 degrees, at midnight.

PS – Many people hear of this ride and think “that’s crazy, with all the drunks out on the road!!!” In past years, riders of this even have observed little if any car traffic during the ride and what traffic there is, you can see coming a long way out.

Ypsilanti Cold Weather Bicycling Talks – December 7th & 8th

Ypsilanti Cold Weather Bicycling Talks – December 7th & 8th

Ypsilanti Cold Weather Bicycling Talks – December 7th & 8th

Don’t put your bicycle away for the winter! Discussion on how to dress for cold weather riding, what precautions to take, what equipment your bicycle should have and what special maintenance procedures are needed. Also, riding at night, and indoor cycling using your own bicycle on a trainer, will be discussed. Talks will be given on…

Saturday, December 7th, 2pm, downtown Ypsilanti Library, main floor meeting room
Sunday, December 8th, 3pm, Corner Brewery, Forest at Norris in Ypsilanti.

The talks are sponsored by the City of Ypsilanti Non-Motorized Advisory Committee, Bike Ypsi (www.bikeypsi.org), and the Ypsi Bike Co-op (www.facebook.com/ypsibikecoop). For more information call 734-487-9058 or email [email protected].

PS – A good place to put to use what you learned at these talks will be the Bike Ypsi Holiday Lights Ride, Tuesday, December 17th, 7:30pm at the Corner Brewery, Norris at Forest in Ypsilanti. Details at www.bikeypsi.org or www.bbwypsi.org

Bike Ypsi Fall Ride

Bike Ypsi Fall Ride

Bike Ypsi Fall Ride 2019
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019
2:00 pm
Starts and ends at: Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti
This year the Bike Ypsi Fall Ride will will be a beautiful tour with stops at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Plymouth Orchards Red Shed Market for Cider and Donuts. Total trip is 23 miles with each run between destinations 7–9 miles.
The route will be a mix of paths, paved roads, and 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).
A 14 mile short option will be available by riding to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens then and back to the Microbrewery.
There will be 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.
Any questions, please contact [email protected].

 

 

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

UPDATE: Taco Tour Twelve Results are In!
1240 tacos, 213 Choco-tacos, untold beer and drinks. 2035 miles were ridden by at least 215 cyclists. And, now, let’s have a drum-roll…:
Best Meat – Dos Hermanos Market Ypsi
Best Vegetarian – La Fiesta Mexicana
Most votes overall – Fiesta Mexicana
2nd vegetarian was Tmaz Taqueria, 3rd was La Torre Taqueria Restaurant
2nd Meat was La Torre, 3rd was Taqueria La Marqueza.
2nd Overall was La Torre
THANK YOU to ALL of the taquerias that participated!
THANK YOU to ALL the folks who came out and rode with us! THANK YOU to all of the volunteers (guides, SAG, pre-event, post-event).
THANK YOU to Go Ice Cream, Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, and Linen Ray Music!
THANK YOU to Taco Tom for making this event happen. Without you we would never be so full of deliciousness. 🙂
Don’t forget to tag your pics! #tacotourypsi12 #bikeypsi #tacotour2019

Semper Taco!

 

 

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!

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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.”