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WBWC Bike Valet Volunteers Needed At Huron River Day July 12

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Bike Valet Volunteers Needed By WBWC At Huron River Day – Sunday, July 12th – Volunteers are needed by the Washtenaw Bicycling & Walking Coalition from 12noon until 4pm for Huron River Day, Sunday, July 12th 2015 at Ann Arbor’s Gallup Park. Volunteers will check in and park bikes in a corral area for this very popular event (which is located right along the Border To Border Trail). To help fill out the volunteer sheet online at http://goo.gl/forms/zwZcUhJcLY. For more information about Huron River Day itself, visit http://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/play/Pages/Huron-River-Day.aspx. PS - Ride your bike to the River Day, use the valet parking, and get a free canoe rental!

WBWC Volunteers Needed

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Interested in making Washtenaw County a better place to bicycle and walk? We'd love to have you get more active in WBWC's work. Whether you have an hour a week or an hour a year, your time can be put to good use making Washtenaw County more bike-friendly and walkable. Throughout the year, but especially in the spring and summer, the WBWC has information displays and bicycle “valet” parking (free, guarded bike parking) at area events where the more volunteers, the better. Fill out this super quick volunteer interest form and you'll make our day! http://goo.gl/forms/zwZcUhJcLY

Bike-In Movie Night, Planned For July, Seeking Donations

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A group of cycling enthusiasts is planning a "bike-in" movie night at Ann Arbor’s Broadway Park (https://goo.gl/maps/co1Y4) on the 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st of July at sundown.

 

Brandon Moeckel, Gary Mazzeo and Bryan Kelly, owners of www.bikeinmovienight.com, have launched a Kickstarter campaign (URL: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/874284668/bike-in-movie-night-in-ann-arbor) and are seeking $5000 for the cost of permit fees, event insurance, movie rights licensing fees, on-site facilities and other expenditures to fund the cost of four movie nights along the Huron River.

 

The group was inspired by a desire to cultivate an inclusive approach to sustainable transportation, and felt an event like this would resonate with the community. Mazzeo had previously staged a successful bike-in movie night at the Washtenaw Food Hub.

 

The event will be free and open to the public and will encourage patrons to arrive by methods of sustainable transportation: bikes, carpooling, or on foot. Space for vendors will be provided, as well as lawn games and other opportunities for attendees to interact as a community. Volunteers will be on hand to provide a bike valet service, and there will be a mobile repair stand for servicing bikes.

 

The three organizers have already received a quote on event insurance and approval for a park permit, and are seeking the public's help with costs, as well as deciding what films will be shown. Suggestions for a film can be directed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A donation of $25 comes with the chance to vote on what movies will be shown, as well as a voucher for popcorn.

In addition, a casual, community group ride prior to the event has been discussed, though no official plans have been set.

Border To Border Trail Construction Approved In Ypsilanti

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On the evening of June 16th, Ypsilanti City Council voted to approve construction on the Border To Border Trail just east of downtown, with a new non-motorized bridge from Riverside Park to Michigan Avenue, a mid-block (signaled) crossing of Michigan Avenue for the B2B and a permanent paved B to B from Michigan Avenue to Grove Road. This is great news and hats off to the Ypsilanti City Council for understanding that a non-motorized path can be not only be great for recreation/transportation but also a real economic plus that can help spur development.

Ann Arbor City Council Approves New B2B Routing

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Update: The Ann Arbor City Council on June 15, 2015 unanimously passed a resolution in support of filling the B2B Trail gap between Riverside and Fuller Parks.  This is a very positive step, but there will be many more steps to get this built. The proposed B2B routing would by-pass the Maiden Lane/Fuller intersection and involve a new non-motorized bridge across the Huron River. Representatives of the Washtenaw Bicycling & Walking Coalition (www.wbwc.org) and Friends of the Border To Border Trail (www.bordertoborder.org) testified at the Council meeting. 

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