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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.

Bike Ypsi Spring Ride 2018

Bike Ypsi Spring Ride 2018

Bike Ypsi Spring Ride
Recreation Park, 1015 North Congress Street
Sunday, May 6th
You know it is spring when the Bike Ypsi Spring Ride is here! Always the first Sunday in May.
Free community event. Rides, bicycle check ups, food, and games.
3 mile family fun ride (check-in by 10:45 a.m.)
15, 30, and 40 mile rides (check-in by 9:45 a.m.)
We encourage helmets (mandatory for under 16-years-old). Minors must be with an adult. The Spring Ride is on road or paved path.
Interested in volunteering? We need help with set up, clean up, registration, and ride guides. If you’d like to learn more, please email [email protected]
Bike Ypsi 2018 Annual Meeting

Bike Ypsi 2018 Annual Meeting

 

It’s time to talk rides for 2018! Want to plan something for the Ypsilanti area? An espresso ride? Brewery Tour? Dirt road ride? Little kid bike meander? Historic places of Ypsilanti ride? We got you. Come talk.

 

Sunday, February 25th, 4-6 PM
Maiz Mexican Cantina, Fiesta Room, 36 East Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

 

You must reserve a seat (free, of course) by using this link to register on EventBrite.

 

Thanks, Your 2017 Bike Ypsi HUB,

Kristen Cuhran Fuller, Georgina Hickey, and Ryan Jordan

 


AGENDA

Changes/New Items for Agenda?

Year in review (2017)

-round up of rides (# rides/riders – Bike Yps Hub)
-Finances (Clay?)

Ride Scheming and Dreaming for 2018
– Website & Facebook policy/procedure for having an event (Kristen)
– Bike Ypsi Spring Ride
– 2018 Calendar. Who wants to plan what?

Bike-related developments you should know about
– I-94 Bridge update (Nathan Voght/Georgina)
– Ypsi Bike Co-op (Ryan McGavock)
– Bike Alliance Meeting (Ryan Jordan/Georgina)
– EMU Bike share (Nathan Voght)

Bike Ypsi HUB elections

Adjouned!

 

Sunday, February 25th, 4-6 PM
Maiz Mexican Cantina, Fiesta Room
36 East Cross Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48198

First Ride in the First Hour of 2018 – NYE!

NewYearsRide

The When:

Friday, January 1, 2018
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 [email protected]

Bike Ypsi Holiday Lights Ride

Bike Ypsi Holiday Lights Ride

December 17, 2017

7:00 pm

Arbor Brewing Company – Ypsilanti (Corner Brewery), 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti

 

This year both a short (4-5 miles) and “little longer” (8-10 miles) bicycle ride will take place through Ypsilanti’s residential neighborhoods to view holiday light displays from your bike. Socializing afterward at the Corner Brewery. All riders should have working front and rear lights. Ride leader is Bob at 734-487-9058 or [email protected].

 

Bike Ypsi Easy Ride

Bike Ypsi Easy Ride

October 14th, 2017

10:30 am

Ypsilanti Farmers Market in Depot Town, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

 

Meet up at 10:30 am, launch at 11:00 am

 

Leisurely but educational one hour ride using bike lanes, paved paths and the Border to Border Trail. Come earlier to get have Ypsi Bike Co-op help you get your bike in order, 9:00 am-11:00 am.

 

Helmets strongly encouraged. This ride is aimed at helping adult riders get more comfortable pedaling in our community and is not designed for kids riding solo on bikes.

Tour de Fresh

Tour de Fresh

September 9, 2017
10 AM
Leaves from: Ypsilanti Depot Town Farmers Market at 100 Rice Street
Ends at: Cultivate Coffee House at 307 N River Street

 

Join Growing Hope and Bike Ypsi for a bicycle tour and stories of some of Ypsilanti’s best gardens! Come early to get your bike tuned up!
http://growinghope.net/2017/08/08/tour-de-fresh-september-9th/

 

Tour de Fresh 2017 is a group bike tour that highlights the local food system in the Ypsilanti community. Bikers see and learn about positive projects impacting the city including farmers markets, community gardens, urban micro-farms, local honey projects, home vegetable gardens and more.

 

This year we will be focusing on garden and gardeners with amazing food stories to share that highlight the importance of sustainable food production and healthy food access in Ypsilanti. This event presented to you by Growing Hope and Bike Ypsi.

 

$10-$25 Sliding Scale

 

The ride meets at 10 am, from the Ypsilanti Depot Town Farmers Market at 100 Rice st, Ypsilanti, MI and will end approximately at 2 pm at Cultivate Coffee House at 307 N River St, Ypsilanti.

Bike Ypsi Fall Ride 2017

Bike Ypsi Fall Ride 2017

Oct 15, 2017

1:00 pm

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

 

Back for it’s eleventh year!  2 routes: one dirt roads, one paved roads. Route length TBD.

 

Leaves from Corner Brewery (Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery), returns there at the end. Feel free to stay for socializing afterward if you like – it’s highly likely there will be folks hanging around afterwards in the beer garden.

 

Rides launch at 1pm from Arbor Brewing Microbrewery. Come earlier to sign in and get yourself set up.

 

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.

 

Note: this is a longer paved route than usual for a “main route”. We’ll break into groups – faster will be 15-16mph average. Expect to ride for 1.75 -3 hours depending on your group’s pace.

 

Can you help spread the word? Download these fliers:

bike-ypsi-letter-2017

bikeypsi-fall-2017-tabloid

Cider and Donut Ride

Cider and Donut Ride

October 21, 2017
3 PM
Leaves from: Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, Norris Street
Ends at: Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, Norris Street

 

A seasonal favorite returns again in 2017: Cider and Donuts.
  • Out-and-back route, so we’ll roll out together as a group at 3pm.
  • 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)

Oct 21 for Cider and Donuts (3pm) — rain date for Cider ride is Oct 22.

 

 

 

Taco Tour Ten

Taco Tour Ten

Update: *Taco Tour Ten is Sold Out* Thank you for your interest!

September 17, 2017
Varied roll-out times, see below.

Leaves from: Frog Island parking lot, 699 Rice Street

Ends at: Cultivate Coffee House, 307 N River Street

 

It’s Taco Tour time again!! This is now the Tenth Taco Tour and you are invited to join in the fun.

 

Tacos, bikes, beer, what more could you want?

How about a new taco? How about a real Taco truck? How about great beer?

 

Each ride will swing by GO! Ice Cream for a “Choco Taco.” The Choco Taco is an exclusive treat just for the Tour featuring dairy-free chocolate sorbet in a taco/waffle shell, dressed with chocolate glaze, dusted with chili spice!    

 

On the longer routes you will be served by a real Taco Truck.

 

Then, we will finish at Cultivate Coffee and Tap House to savor the best beer selection in Ypsilanti!!! The first beverage is included, and subsequent beer is $1 off! Coffee, tea and wine options also.

 

Here are this year’s choices:

 

Townie : $ 20.   6 MILES in Ypsilanti only

             3 tacos, 1 choco-taco, 1 custom bandanna, 1 beverage at Cultivate.

 

Traditional : $30.   17 MILES starting in Ypsi and looping to Platt Road and back

              6 tacos, 1 choco-taco, 1 custom bandanna, 1 beverage at Cultivate.

 

Torture : $35.    30 MILES starting in Ypsi and looping to west Ann Arbor and back

              9 tacos, 1 choco-taco, 1 custom bandanna, 1 beverage at Cultivate.

 

The really Hungry Riders can get extra taco tokens for $2 apiece, the Choco-taco token is $3.50

 

Kids who ride with a supervising adult can use extra taco tokens at $2 apiece without buying the full package.  Extra Bandanna is $5.

 

Update: *Taco Tour Ten is Sold Out* Thank you for your interest!

Important !!!

Our start and finish are different this year.

New Starting Point:  Frog Island parking lot. 699  Rice Street.

New Finish – Cultivate Coffee and Tap House. 307 N. River Street.

These are both in Depot Town, only a block apart. Please park cars at Frog Island, as River street parking is inadequate.

 

Sign-in and group assignment for event begins at 11:30 day of event, Sunday, September 17th.

Park at Frog Island, sign-in, and join your group, ride and enjoy!

 

Torture Tour rolls out at 12:30

Traditional rolls out at 1pm  

Townie rolls out at 1:15

 

Questions? Email Taco Tom at tom at tacotom dot net