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Legal Stuff for Cyclists

Ever had questions about legal issues for cyclists in Michigan?  Right(s) of way? Helmets? Crashes? Crosswalks? Liability? Legislative Initiatives?  The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) has a webpage on their site with write-ups on a number of these topics, as well as others.

League of Michigan Bicyclists

While they aren’t lawyers, they’re pretty smart folks that have their fingers on the pulse of what’s going on in Lansing, and as the primary state-wide cycling advocacy organization in Michigan, they’re a damn good resource.

 

We like them, and we think you will too.

 

Holiday Lights Ride

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The When:

Thursday, December 17th, 2015;  7pm

The Where:

Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, 720 Norris St, Ypsilanti

The What:

Options for a short ride (4-5 miles) and a little longer ride (8-10 miles) will take place through Ypsi residential neighborhoods to view Christmas light displays from your bike. Socializing afterward at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (Norris and Forest in Ypsi). All riders should have working front and rear lights. Ride leader is Bob at 734-487-9058 or wolverbob@gmail.com.

First Ride In The First Hour of 2016

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The When:

Friday, January 1, 2016
12:30am (yes… 30 minutes after midnight!)

The Where:

Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, 720 Norris St, Ypsilanti

The What:

Start the year off right by riding in the first hour of the New Year! Ride leaves promptly at 12:30am as it will be too cold to wait around. Ride on low traffic residential streets. Lights (front and rear) mandatory. Ride will be around 6 miles long and take around 30-45 minutes. The start location is The Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery so people can warm up inside before the ride starts (and participate in ABC’s New Year’s Eve party). Ride leader is Bob at 734-649-6283 or wolverbob@gmail.com.

Devil’s Night Eve Halloween Ride

 

Thursday, October 29th, 2015, 7pm
Corner Brewery, 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti
 
Lets go for a spooky ride on the Border To Border Trail though some dark wooded sections! Headlight and rear light required. Ride will take around 45 minutes at a casual pace, and mostly using off-road paved paths but some street riding. Costumes not required but encouraged. Post ride socializing at the Corner Brewery.
 
Questions? Contact Bob at 734-487-9058 or wolverbob@gmail.com

Annual General Meeting – Sun, Jan 17, 2016

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For all Bike Ypsi members in good standing… (“good standing” meaning the basic membership requirements: Sign Up, Show Up, Do Something.)

 

We’ll be having a General Meeting in January to discuss Bike Ypsi business of the yearly, and long-view variety.  Over the past years some things have changed, and some have stayed the same. It’s good to have the chance to take a look around and see where we’re at.

 

– Not an event planning session, but events surely will be discussed.

– Not an organizational structure meeting, but organizational structure surely will be discussed.

– Not too long, but not too short.

 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

10:00 am

Location is Ladies’ Literary Club, 218 North Washington Street

Ride Of Silence – 2016

ROSWednesday, May 18th, 2016
Recreation Park (Oakwood at Congress) Ypsilanti
7:00 pm

 

Silent bicycle ride to commemorate bicyclists killed or injured while riding and part of a world-wide event urging everyone, cyclists and motorists, to “share the road”. Ride length of 9 miles at a relaxed pace taking approximately one hour. The Washtenaw County ride is in Ypsilanti and cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (www.aabts.org) and Bike Ypsi (www.bikeypsi.org).

 

The ride is free and open to the public. All participants are asked to wear a helmet and to obey all traffic laws, including stop signs and signals. For more information about the Ride Of Silence itself visit www.rideofsilence.org.

 

For more information about the Ypsilanti Ride Of Silence visit the Bike-Bus-Walk Ypsilanti web page at www.bbwypsi.org and click on the “Ride Of Silence” tab. For further information you can contact Bob at 734-487-9058 or at wolverbob@gmail.com.

Cider and Donuts Ride – Oct 18, 2015

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A seasonal favorite returns again in 2015: Cider and Donuts.
  • 25-mile roundtrip ride to Obstbaum Orchards, and a luxurious stop at the orchard for treats.
  • Out-and-back route, so we’ll roll out together as a group at 1pm,
  • Return as you like, at whatever pace or grouping appeals to you and your (potentially) cider-and-donut-filled belly.
  • Bring $ for treats at the orchard (and bags, if you plan to haul some home).
As always, with Bike Ypsi rides:
  • Helmets are strongly encouraged for everyone.
  • Helmets are required for riders under 16, including kids in trailers.
  • Minors should have an adult riding with them at all times.

This is a self-supported ride with no sag, so pump your tires up at home, bring water and, ideally, have a patch kit with you.

The route is 99% paved (the last 1/8 mile to the orchard is a dirt road, but smooth and totally road-bike-able)

We’ll ride rain or shine (within reason)

 

 

 

Taco Tour Ocho (results update)

A bit late, but since Taco Tour has become an institution, the results for 2015 stand forever.

170 riders, and the results are in:

  • Best vegetarian: Maiz.
  • Best meat: TMAZ
  • Best overall ( most 1st place votes all categories ) Fiesta Mexicana.

Thanks you to all of the restaurants that participated.  Thanks to everyone who came out, rode, volunteered, and just generally got their tacos on.  A special thanks goes out to TacoTom for his persistence, patience, and enthusiasm… in founding, maintaining, and keeping the warm, squishy, onions-and-cilantro garnished metaphorical heart of Taco Tour beating, year after year.

We’re loving all of the photos on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks for sharing the taco tour love! Viva la taco.
‪#‎tt8‬ ‪#‎tacotourocho‬ ‪#‎bikeypsi‬

Fall Ride – Oct 11, 2015

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Join us as we celebrate the changing of seasons with our annual Fall Ride, coming up on Sunday, Oct 11, 2015.

  • Depart from Corner Brewery (ok… “Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery”)
  • Rides start to roll at 1:00 pm, please give yourself whatever extra time you need to be ready.
    • 15 mile road ride
    • 30 mile road ride
    • 15-20 mile dirt road ride featuring the unpaved roads around our community.
  • Wheels In Motion will be joining us to make sure that your bike is ready to go.
  • Helmets strongly recommended for all riders and mandatory for those 16 and under, including kids in trailers.

As always, there will be plenty of time to hang out after the ride at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery. We look forward to seeing you there!

TACO TOUR OCHO

TACO TOUR OCHO

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Back for its eighth year, Taco Tour rides again!  More rides, more challenges,  and more tacos await you this year!  As always, meat and vegetarian tacos available.
Date:  Sunday September 13 at 1:00 pm until 4-ish
Place: Arbor Brewing Microbrewery (formerly known as The Corner Brewery)
The rides:
Taco Tour “Townie”  a 6 mile ride visiting 3 taquerias, finishing at the Corner.
Included are 3 tacos, one commemorative pint glass and a beer at the Corner.
Cost $15. Designed for any level of rider. Plan for two and a half hours. (If small children are on the ride and will only eat tacos, then you can purchase tokens for them ($2 per taco token).
Taco Tour “Traditional”  a 17 mile ride visiting 7 taquerias, finishing at the Corner.
Included are 6 tacos, one lemonade en route, one commemorative pint glass and a beer at the Corner.
Cost $25. Our regular fun ride! Plan for three and a half hours.
Taco Tour “Torture”  a 30 mile ride visiting 8 taquerias, return to Corner.
Included are 8 tacos, lemonade en route, commemorative pint glass, and a beer at the Corner.  A ride to challenge both your legs and your stomach. Cost $30. Plan for four hours.
Registration:
As before, you must mail a check made out to “Tom Lennon”. Include the following info, please!
Name of rider:
Ride: (Townie, Traditional, Torture)
Contact: address, phone or email
Meat, veggie or mix option. (for planning)
Deadline: September 4 or when capacity is reached. Cap is 150 riders on the traditional tour!!
Communication: tom@tacotom.net

Brewery to Brewery Brunch Ride

From Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery:
We’re teaming up with our friends at Bike Ypsi for a casual ride on the border to border trail (or as we like to call it – the brewery to brewery trail!)

10am – depart Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery in Ypsilanti.

All ages and fitness levels are welcome. The ride will take most people somewhere between 45 and 75 minutes.

11ish – grab brunch at Arbor Brewing Company Brewpub in Ann Arbor

After brunch we’ll ride back to the Microbrewery and relax in the beer garden with a pint of our brand new B2B Trail Ale.

There is no charge or purchase required to participate.

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Longest Day Of The Year Ride

Longest Day Of The Year Ride

Bike Ypsi Longest (Day) Ride Of The Year Ride – Sunday, June 21st8pm – Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (Norris at Forest in Ypsilanti) – A very casual paced ride celebrating the Summer solstice and the longest day of the year. This hour-long (at most) ride has a route that will take us to though the summer-quiet campus of Eastern Michigan University and a loop around St. Joes Hospital on the Border To Border Trail. Ride cancelled if raining at start time. Questions? Contact Bob at wolverbob@gmail.com. And remember, six months from now (in December) you will only be dreaming of riding your bike in shorts and daylight at 8pm!