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by on April 30, 2019
MOOSJAW, DETROIT — Remember back before bikes were invented when everybody had to walk or ride horses everywhere? It was a long time ago, so you might have to think pretty far back. I'm talking like late 1800's, some of you kids might not have even been born yet. People used to spend hours, even days, commuting to work, trudging through streets laden with horse poop (some of this is made up). Enter the bike. Since then, commuters have had a viable, healthy, reliable transportation option. This w...
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by on April 28, 2019
OPINION — Conservative think tank, The John Locke Foundation, recently published an analysis on bike lanes and it is presented with facts that discourage urban bicycling infrastructure developments. The main complaint from the foundation is that the lanes aren't used enough to justify the cost. Let's examine some of the analysis. In the document, the Foundations states: Cities across the state have allocated millions of taxpayer dollars for bike lanes and bike share programs. Despite all...
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by on April 26, 2019
Original Source: David Sands @ modeldmedia.com DETROIT — Residents of Northwest Detroit's Fitzgerald neighborhood will soon have a brand new greenway to complement Ella #FitzgeraldPark, which was set up there last year. For Stephanie Harbin, President of the San Juan Block Club, the upcoming Ella #FitzgeraldGreenway is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. "It's a positive thing. It beautifies the neighborhood and is adding more to make the community more sociable," she says. "We're glad...
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by on April 26, 2019
ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak is hosting a Downtown Bike Rodeo to help launch the new development in the area. The free event will take place 6-9pm on May 11 at the south side of the Williams Street lot in front of Royal Oak City Hall. #KidFriendly activities, a food drive, music and a half-pipe are all planned festivities. The event helps to kick off the new development of a two-acre public park, police station, City Hall, six-story office building and parking structure. The city has called the proj...
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by on April 26, 2019
ROYAL OAK — The city commission has approved moving forward with the installation of the proposed north-south bicycle route for the city. The Engineering Division, along with the advisement of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Subcommittee, has been working on a north-south bicycle route along Washington Avenue and Main Street with Euclid Avenue serving as a connector between the two. Currently Washington Avenue and Main Street have two lanes traveling north and two lanes traveling south. The p...
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by on April 19, 2019
BERKLEY — A 1-mile stretch of Coolidge Highway is expected to be restriped soon. The Coolidge Highway restriping and lane reduction project, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads, originally was expected to begin Wednesday, April 17, but a weather delay forced officials to move the start date to either April 23 or 24. The work will include restriping that will reduce the lanes from four to two with a new middle left-turn lane. #BikeLanes and additional parking in the street also will be added ...
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by on April 19, 2019
DETROIT — It's been a year since Jason Hall left Slow Roll Detroit, the nonprofit he co-founded with Mike MacKool in 2010-11 to host weekly bike rides in and near Detroit. The Monday evening rides had grown to include 5,000 or more bicyclists each week and been replicated by several other U.S. cities by the time Hall left. He'd been featured in a minute-long Apple iPad commercial that highlighted his work with Slow Roll and the city of Detroit in 2014. And as part of the promotion, Apple s...
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by on April 14, 2019
LANSING — Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports (the Council) will honor Dale Hughes with the Vern Seefeldt Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Governor’s Fitness Awards. Named after its first recipient Vern Seefeldt, the first chairman of the Council, this award recognizes those rare individuals who, over a lifetime, have made landmark contributions to the health of Michigan residents. Hughes grew up in Highland Park and ...
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by on April 14, 2019
Source: Dragi Gasevski's blog @ Altair.com — 2018 was a busy year for Dragi! Many of us have been following his story for a long time. Every year Dragi sets a seemingly impossible goal for cycling… and then proceeds to crush it every time. In 52 weeks, Dragi rode 912 rides, 15,216 miles over 340 days and set 612 personal records. He did much of his riding on the S-Works optimized bike with Altair technology! It’s not easy, though. Dragi faced several obstacles this year, includi...
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by on April 10, 2019
DETROIT — Jimmy Capela won $115 last month racing at the velodrome. But back at Renaissance High School in Detroit, not all of the 14-year-old freshman’s friends even know he’s a track cyclist. “Some have no clue, but about half know that I do it, and they think that it’s pretty cool. But they haven’t really tried it out for themselves,” Capela said. “Others think it’s weird, because nobody does that anymore.” Even fewer kids his age understand Capela’s dedication: six days a week at the L...
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by on April 1, 2019
The national surge in bicycling since 1995 may have more to do with healthy hips than with hipsters. Biking rates among people between the ages of 60 and 79 are soaring, an analysis of federal data shows. New trips by seniors account for 22 percent of the nation’s growth in adult biking. And because biking among children is actually falling, these seniors’ new trips are equivalent to more than a third of the overall gain in biking. Source: National Household Travel Survey. Vertical sca...
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by on April 1, 2019
ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak may be known as a youthful city, but it's doing its part now to make sure its older residents are comfortable. More than 25 percent of Royal Oak residents will be age 60 or older by 2030. As the population ages, the city wants to ensure that policies and community amenities, such as housing, transportation, and healthcare are senior friendly. "As we address these issues, we want to make sure our community continues to be a place where people of all ages want to live, ...
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