ypsi community bike rides

I’m not sure, but I think this is a continuation of the work begun earlier this summer by the Ypsilanti Health Coalition. Regardless of who’s behind it though, I think it’s a great idea, and, if I can get the old bike tuned-up and a seat for Clementine by then, I’ll be right there with them… Granted, it’s not nearly as cool as Critical Mass, but it’s a step in the right direction. (Speaking of Critical Mass, there’s a special 10th anniversary bike protest against oil-igarchy taking place this evening in San Francisco.)

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5 Comments

  1. egpenet
    Posted June 27, 2006 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    It WOULD be nice to see more and NORMAL peoplle and ffamilies riding bikes in Ypsi … most folks I see on bikes are pimps dutifully chasing down their working girls, drug dealers making a timely delivery, or druggies making every attempt possible (even “borrowing” someone else’s bicycle only when absolutely necessary, of course) to keep their appointments.

    Actually, come to think of it, I DID see a woman tooling around the other day, helmet and all. But she must have been from Ann Arbor, because she was riding one-handed and talking on a cell phone as she dodged into North Huron traffic. No one actually from Ypsilanti would do THAT.

  2. mark
    Posted June 28, 2006 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    I’d like to make an observation: Bikes are now more punk rock than punk rock.

  3. egpenet
    Posted June 28, 2006 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    You guys talking about the “BIKE” brand of jockstrap? Don’t think so.

  4. muppster
    Posted July 5, 2006 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    yea! i love seeing community distribution! i made the flyer– as part of our Healthy Markets Initiative campaign to support the ypsi market and all things good in the community– and wolverbob from the health coalition– a bike guy– was leading them. i heard a number of folks went? i was out of town. i look forward to next month!

  5. mark
    Posted July 8, 2006 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    I’ll post this again on the front page, but I just wanted to make sure that it was tied in here…. A lurker just sent in the following grant opportunity:

    Bikes Belong Coalition makes grants that support their vision of a network of communities throughout the United States where people of all ages will have the accommodation and ability to bicycle for recreation and transportation. Bikes Belong accepts requests for funding of up to $10,000 for facility, capacity, and education projects. All proposals must address the goals of the grants program strategic plan , encourage ridership growth, promote bicycling, build political support, leverage funding, and support bicycle advocacy. Grant applications must propose a specific program or project that is measurable. Bikes Belong will not fund general operating costs. Priority is given to bicycle organizations, coalitions, and associations – particularly those that have not received Bikes Belong funding in the past and projects that build coalitions for bicycling by collaborating the efforts of bicycle industry and advocacy. Deadlines the end of August and November in 2006 for grants: http://bikesbelong.org/page.cfm?PageID=158

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