Bike Ypsi’s spring ride is this Sunday

spring09footerOur friends at Bike Ypsi are going to be having their big Spring Ride this Sunday, May 3. I won’t be able to make it this year, as Linette and I have company staying with us, but I’ve done it in the past and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. There’s something really empowering about being in a pack of a hundred bikes, out enjoying the return of spring, and flipping off the impatient drivers of SUVs.

The group will be meeting Sunday at 10:00 AM, at the Recreation Park pavilion (1015 Congress Street). There’s no cost involved, and everyone, regardless of skill level, is encouraged to participate. There will be two groups. One will be going on a 33-mile trek, while the other will be traveling 13 miles. There will also be a family-friendly neighborhood ramble scavenger hunt that people can participate in any time between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Then, at 1:00 PM, there will be activities for every age, BBQ, bike polo, bike related games, info booths, and more.

[note: Bring your helmet. Ages 16 and under are required to wear a helmet and must be accompanied by an adult. Riders will have the opportunity to ride with slower or faster paced groups.]

Also, members of Bike Ypsi who commute between Ypsi and Ann Arbor will be going by bike every Friday in May. Interested parties should meet at 8:00am at Bombadill’s coffee shop (217 W Michigan Ave) for the ride in to Ann Arbor. In the evening, for the ride back, those interested should meet at 5:15pm at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in Kerrytown to ride back to Ypsi. (The return trip ends at the Tap Room, on Michigan Avenue.)

Bombadil’s is offering free coffee to all helmet-wearing cyclists before these Friday rides, and the Tap Room will offer happy hour specials upon return.

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  1. Posted May 1, 2009 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Thanks! We have a grand weekend ahead of us. Bikes rock.

  2. Paw
    Posted May 1, 2009 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Any plans for bike repair clinics and stuff like that?

  3. Posted May 1, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    No plan for a bike repair clinic at the Spring Festival, but I love the idea. You should send the idea out to the Bike Ypsi mailing list (you can find info on joining it at the Bike Ypsi website).

  4. Posted May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Over 150 people came out! It was a gorgeous day and a lot of fun.
    Thanks, and thanks to everyone who volunteered, donated, and came out and rode.
    Hope to see you on a Sunday ride soon!

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