Advocacy

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.”

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.

 

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 [email protected].

League of American Bicyclists

LAB  Mission: To promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America.

League of Michigan Bicyclists

The mission of the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) is to promote bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on the roadways of Michigan. LMB is a non-profit, tax-exempt statewide membership organization working to improve conditions for bicycling in Michigan. LMB supports many programs and projects and cooperates with state and local agencies and other like-minded groups toward this goal.

Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition

The Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition promotes transportation options that make sense for a sustainable and livable community. More info…

Phone:

(734) 864-4095

Address:

Washtenaw Bicycling & Walking Coalition
c/o The Ecology Center
339 E. Liberty Ste 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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City Of Ypsilanti Non-Motorized Advisory Committee

Volunteer citizen group working to implement sections of the City’s Non-Motorized Plan and make Ypsilanti a better place to ride and walk. Monthly meetings with public input always welcome. More info…

Friends of the Border to Border Trail

Friends Of The Border To Border Trail started in 2008, the Friends of the Border To Border Trail are a group of individuals working to see that the Border To Border Trail is completed, maintained, enhanced and most of all, used. More info…
Contact Bob Krzewinski at [email protected].

Bike Bus Walk Ypsi

Your car is not the only way to get around Ypsilanti! We urge people, just once, to try bicycling, walking or taking the bus for transportation for work, errands or just to get around. We hope that once you try these alternative forms of transportation, you will be encouraged to continue using them all year. More info…

Ann Arbor Public Services

Ann Arbor has a “Pothole Busters” program to allow citizens to report potholes. To report potholes in Ann Arbor go here or call the hotline. More info…

Phone:

Hotline: (734) 99-HOLES

Ypsilanti Public Services

Contact these folks to report potholes and other street maintenance issues in Ypsilanti though an online report to the City Action & Request Center at http://cityofypsilanti.com/ActionRequestCenter.
Pubic Services can also be reached by phone Mon-Fri 8-4 at (734) 483-1421.