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Biking And Walking Events At This Saturday and Sunday's Ann Arbor River Hop Festival

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The Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition and the Friends of the B2B Trail will be at the Ann Arbor River Hop event this Sunday, August 30th, 11am at Ann Arbor's Riverside Park (on Canal Street, off Wall Street near the Maiden Lane bridge) giving a walking tour of a planned new off-road B2B segment in the Maiden Lane/Fuller Road area. For more information on River Hop (which has a full lineup of events (many of them dealing with bicycling and walking!) on both this coming Saturday and Sunday), visit http://www.riverhop.org/

Ypsilanti-Based Disabled Bicyclist Organization Holding "Bike & Brew" Benefit August 18th

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altA Bike & Brew bicycle ride benefit hosted by PEAC (Programs to Educate All Cyclists) will take place on August 18, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., starting at Emmanuel Lutheran ECLA and ending at the Arbor Brewing Company Ypsilanti microbrewery beer garden.

PEAC is a nonprofit organization based in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Founded in 2004, their mission is to empower individuals with disabilities through cycling, active transportation, and self-­advocacy education. They believe that biking and alternative modes of transportation play a critical role in increasing community access, fostering social involvement and self-esteem, and promoting healthy lifestyles among individuals with disabilities.

Riders will go on a relaxed, contained ride throughout downtown Ypsilanti. The ride aims to raise awareness of the organization and its programs. The ride costs $20, and includes one drink ticket at Arbor Brewing Company and a PEAC pint glass.

“We really want to get our name out into the community. Ypsilanti is such a cool, bike-­friendly city. We are proud to be from Ypsilanti, and we are hoping that showing off who we are through a fun ride like this will make the Ypsilanti community proud to have us. We are so excited to have Arbor Brewing Company and Wheels in Motion as awesome sponsors to help out with the event,” said Joseph Altizer, Director of Summer Programming.

Registration for the ride will start at 6:00 p.m., the ride will start at 6:30 p.m. Participants will end at Arbor Brewing Co. at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to pre-­register, please contact Jordan Yagiela at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about PEAC itself, visit www.bikeprogram.org

WBWC Project Priorities Interactive Map

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WBWC Project Priorities Interactive Map - https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zZXwmTnWeDjQ.kvNuF6nXoGyg

The interactive map of priority projects shows current Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition (WBWC) priorities for improvements to bicycling and walking facilities in Washtenaw County.  The map also shows selected existing facilities for context, including some that have been built in recent years and have been WBWC priorities.

Principles
The choice of priorities is guided by these principles:

  • Connection of centers of population, employment, education, shopping, and recreation.
  • Completion of the Border-to-Border Trail as a backbone.
  • Accommodation of the transportation needs of people without cars, with low income, or with disabilities.
  • Countywide significance.
  • Near-term feasibility.
  • Presence in current plans.

There is no attempt to numerically weight the principles or to suggest an implementation order or relative significance of the projects.

Using the map
• How to use -- Instructions on how to use the map are in the legend; click on the arrow on the right to expand the instructions; scroll down and up in the box to see the material.

• Coding -- Feature types are coded by color and line width.  The legend shows the colors in “balloons” rather than as lines because of software limitations.

• “B2B” -- This is an acronym for the Border-to-Border Trail, the cross-county greenway under development along and near the Huron River.

Additional information
WBWC also has a document that lists these priority projects along with supportive policies and other information

Volunteers Needed For WBWC Ypsillanti Heritage Festival Valet Bike Parking

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The Washtenaw Bicycling & Walking Coalition (www.wbwc.org) is again a co-sponsor of the annual free valet bike parking at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival and volunteers are needed to help staff this service On Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23rd. Signup is easy. Just go to the Doodle calendar at http://doodle.com/ts42p9262kbu85pt enter your name, followed by your email address (so we can contact you with information) and pick your shift (volunteering for more than one shift is appreciated!). Valet bike parking this year will be on the grassy area at the southeast corner of Huron Street & West Cross Street. Valet parking is also co-sponsored by the Bike Ypsi (www.bikeypsi.org) and the Friends Of The Border To Border Trail (www.bordertoborder.org). Thanks in advance for any help on this very popular service to those attending the Festival!

August 29-30th Ann Arbor River-Hop Bicycle Events

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August 29-30th Ann Arbor River-Hop Bicycle Events - Check out these upcoming bike offerings which are part of the River Hop festival (see www.riverhop.org for complete schedule).  Please join us, and tell your friends!  This is a homegrown event and we need help spreading the word! For a flyer to the event click here.

1.  Saturday, August 29th, 9-10:30am History Tour on Bikes

Meeting location and details at http://riverhop-biketour.eventbrite.com. Learn the natural and cultural history of the River District (Lower Town and Northside area).  Bring your own bike, or borrow one if you’d like to try out the new Arbor Bikes, compliments of the Clean Energy Coalition. 

2.  Saturday, August 29th, 5pm “Cool and Green” Bike Ideas

At Northside Community Center, 809 Taylor St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Bring your folding bikes, electric bikes, cargo carriers, bad weather gear, etc.—anything you’ve rigged up or purchased to make your bike more useful for getting you and your stuff where you need to go!   Show what you’ve got and/or just ask questions—we’ll learn together on the road to more sustainable transport.  Meet on the grounds outside the Northside Community Center.  Followed by a 6:30pm potluck (Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork) and 6pm to 8pm live music by “The Switchbacks”!

3. Sunday, August 30th, 11am-Noon Tour of the Proposed Connections to the Border-to-Border Trail

Meet at the Parking lot in Riverside Park, on Canal Street, off Wall Street near the Maiden Lane bridge.  Check out the “underbelly” of the Fuller Bridge/Maiden Lane area where connections to the trail will facilitate use of the B2B for non-motorized commuting and recreation.  Tour led by Bob Krzewinski of the Washtenaw Biking and Walking Coalition and Friends of the Border To Border Trail.

4. Sunday, August 30th, 12-4pm “How To Fix Your Flat Tire”

At Sic Transit, 1002 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor.  Drop in any time between 12 and 4 pm to learn this simple skill that can be done by anyone. Coffee and baked goods provided by Northside Grill.

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