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Get up to speed on bus rapid transit for Woodward Avenue

imageCleveland’s Bus Rapid transit system uses bendy stretch-limo like buses that are flexible for turns and can hold up to 100 riders. Public asked to weight in on the big bus rapid transit.

Streetcars will return to Woodward Avenue in Detroit with construction of a 3.3-mile rail line expected to begin this summer from Hart Plaza on the riverfront to the New Center area. What about the rest of the 27-mile span to Pontiac?

The transformation of Woodward Avenue is under way and Michigan’s SEMCOG is calling all local citizens to get involved to help make Woodward positive and  attractive real estate. The public will have multiple chances to weigh in at the 20 local meetings scheduled this month starting April 17 in Ferndale.

"Woodward is more than cars. It makes cities competitive. It attracts business," said WA3 Director Heather Carmona. "What’s needed to make Woodward more functional? That’s what we want to find out."

The WA3 by itself received a $752,000 in federal highway grant money to come up with a Complete Streets Master Plan to improve mobility and safety along the Woodward corridor for everyone, including pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and transit riders.

Consultants will oversee the events starting April 17-19 at St. James Catholic Church in Ferndale, with an emphasis on north Detroit and Ferndale. The events start at 9am every day and go until 8pm April 17-18 and 5 p.m. April 19. No registration is required.

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If you’ve been wanting for more from the Woodward Avenue and have a thing or two to say about it, this is your chance to be heard! Every voice counts.

via The Macomb Daily

Bike Shop Owner Recycles Gran Fondo Ride - Ferndale.Patch.com

Jon Hughes, Downtown Ferndale Bike ShopimageRoyal Oak officials’ resistance to Gran Fondo, or ‘big ride,’ won’t stop cyclists from riding on Woodward on June 30, says Jon Hughes of the Ferndale Bike Shop.

The Ferndale business owner is hoping some 1500 riders will join him on June 30th to take part in the casual “big bike ride” on Woodward. The plan comes after Royal Oak put the brakes on the proposed Woodward Avenue Gran Fondo Race scheduled for that Sunday.

Since December, the Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) has been unsuccessful in convincing Royal Oak city officials about the viability of the plan — this while neighboring cities were gearing for the event. Royal Oak officials expressed concerns about the event’s safety and whether it would be a drain on city services..

"We’re still planning to do a ride on that Sunday," Jon added, "We’re going to set it up where we go to all 7 bike shops along the Woordward corridor."

The details are still being worked out, he said, there will be a small entry fee ($10 or $15) participants will get a T-shirt or cinch bag along with giveaways at each location. It will be held at 8 a.m. on June 30, starting at the Detroit RiverWalk.

Read the Full article at the Ferndale.Patch.com

The June 30th Woodward Gran Fondo, “Big Ride” Making Headlines

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Huffington Post — Feb. 5th 2013
Jon Hughes, owner of the Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop, plans to keep the ride alive on June 30, even if city leaders don’t give the event their blessing.

Gran fondo means “big ride” in Italian; it’s an umbrella term covering a variety of large-scale biking events, which have been common in Italy for years but are just starting to catch on in the United States. According to Bicycling magazine, almost every large U.S. city now sponsors a gran fondo event. Continue Reading

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Detroit Free Press — Feb. 5th 2013
After plans for an elite bike race on Woodward Avenue this summer were blocked by Royal Oak officials, organizers said they’re bent on holding a recreational ride.

Before the meeting, Dale Hughes, a nationally prominent designer of Olympic Bike Tracks and organizer of the Fondo, said Royal Oak’s refusal — after Detroit, Birmingham and Ferndale gave their approvals — blocked the remaining communities on Woodward from signing on to what would have been a 52-mile Bike Race. Continue Reading

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DETROIT FREEPRESS SHOP INTERVIEW Jan.31

See what’s keeping us busy inside the shop this winter.
Eric Seals from Detroit Free Press payed us a visit the other day. He was really cool, he spent almost 3 hours taking video and snapping shots, he had a couple gopro’s going and some high-end big barrel cameras. Shout out to Detroit Media, come ride with us this spring!

READ THE FREEPRESS ARTICLE HERE

Detroit Bike Events Will Inspire Warm Thoughts During Winter

imageHuffington Post Detroit  spotted some bike events going on this winter. It’s cool to see a well known news source talking about the Detroit bike scene in winter months..

The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) Gallery is sponsoring bike-themed art show “Bicycle Bicycle” later this month that should bring thoughts of better weather. The gallery space, which is dedicated to highlighting the work of local creative designers and artists, is accepting submissions through Jan. 11 - The show opens Wednesday January 23rd with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30pm

Detroit’s Back Alley Bikes will also be hosting their indoor Winter Bike-a-thon; bunch of riders and sponsored volunteers clocking as many miles as they can in a 24 hour time span. The indoor Bike-a-thon starts Sunday January 6th

Tour-De-Troit is hosting a bunch of rides now through May Coming up is the Memorial Ride to honor Martin Luther King Jr Monday January 21st. City Council Member Ken Cockrel Jr will be riding. It’s a 10 mile ride and it will ride along the Detroit’s Historical “March to Freedom” route. It’s a free ride but registration is required. See the Facebook event page

If you want to meet up with some riders around the town, these are some fun events to attend. Remember to wear some mittens and things to keep your feet warm. If you need any tips as to how to stay warm during these rides send us a message here. The temps may be cold, but when you’re prepared the riding is January is just as fun as it is in July!! 

Cycle Progress Moves Forward In Royal Oak, Commission Meeting

imageDecember 3rd 2012 — Every other Monday is city commission night in Royal Oak. This past Monday were ordinances concerning bikes on sidewalks and The Gran Fondo Bike Race

First on the agenda was Royal Oak’s sidewalk ordinances - for a long time now there’s been a law on the books that banned cyclists from riding on any Royal Oak sidewalk, and that there were potential fines and impoundment (though the laws never been enforced)

This Monday Royal Oak City Commission updated the law The new law lifts the city-wide sidewalk ban, and instead reduces the ordinance to Royal Oak’s downtown city sidewalks.. a step in the right direction. A lot of cycle friendly communities have laws like this in their downtown areas; places like Portland, Minneapolis, San Fransisco, even parts of Detroit.

Second on agenda, The Woodward Avenue Gran Fondo Bike Race planned for next summer. The Gran Fondo, designed by Olympic Cycling Entrepreneur, Coach and Track Builder, Dale Hughes, is a 54-mile bike course along the length of Woodward Avenue; Detroit to Pontiac and back. Think european style team pace cars, ton a racers, events for all ages & abilities. 

The thing is though, the event has to be cleared with all the cities along Woodward in order to make it an official annual event - Royal Oak is one of those cities. For people who haven’t witnessed a local Fondo Race, Monday’s meeting was definitely a educational process in which Dale Hughes & The Woodward Action Association took in stride.

Have a look at a few of the segments below.. see all segments here

    

Bike Culture News Makes Front Page Detroit Freepress, Nov.29th

Very cool to see Free Press’ full front page highlighting biking. This a few days after NBC News did a segment about today’s questionable road biking safety.

Freep.com A 599-mile trail stretching from Detroit’s Belle Isle to Wisconsin. Connecting existing trails through the middle part of the Michigan mitten and across its Upper Peninsula.

MLive Governor Rick Snyder introduced his vision for the trail during a special address Wednesday in which he outlined a plan for an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient Michigan.

WDIV Local4 News also ran a segment, complete with local rider Amit Singh

So what now? What’s Next?

Maybe you’re asking yourself, “What can I do now? It looks like the Governor has it under control. Besides, I’m not a long distance tourer." or maybe you’re thinking, "How can I get involved with this? There are some trails here that would really be worth highlighting."

If you think maybe your neck of the woods has some features that seem part of a bigger plan, or you’re ready to volunteer your time to help formulate local game changing ideals, then you’re in luck!

This December 12th there will be a public, town hall style Bike Summit located at the Royal Oak Public Library. It’s on a Wednesday 7PM. This events been in the making for months!

This is a calling to all local Commuters, Road Bikers, Tourers, Casual Town Cruisers, and yes even the Speedy Hipsters. If you’re interested in getting involved with some dedicated people, or you have some ideals that will enhance your ride or make it safer, or you have general questions about the growing culture - then the summit is for you!

Tom Regan will be hosting the event. Tom Regan has volunteered most of his life making South East Michigan a safer place for cyclists; he’s one of the OGs. M-Bike’s Todd Scott will be there taking questions and giving a presentation, as well as Green Cruise Coordinator Tom Dusky, and Heather Carmona, Director of the Woodward Avenue Action Association.

All the details can be found on the Facebook Event Page
Get Involved, Volunteer. See you There!!

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The New 2012 Almond Footware just arrived at the shop! 
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'Tapping The Breaks' Metrotimes Sep.19
Younger people and the shift away from carsWritten by Rachelle Damico & Ryan Felton
Jimmy Schroeder has been seeking adventures since graduating high school five years ago. That’s why when the chance came to move into a friend’s apartment in the New Center area of Detroit, the 23-year-old Battle Creek native didn’t think twice. He gathered his belongings, rented a moving truck, and headed eastbound on I-94.
He’s been living in the city since March. And, like a growing number of young people, Schroeder is pursuing his urban adventure without an automobile. 
Schroeder is far from alone when it comes to scaling back automobile use. Related: Huffington Post Article
Ferndale resident Alexander Wojcik got rid of his vehicle three years ago. He says he has no intentions of getting back behind the wheel. Instead, he gets to work and school by bicycle."I don’t see the point in owning a car," Wojcik says. "I survive without it. Both of my jobs are within a mile, and school is close as well, so anything I need is within reach. Plus, the last time I bought gas it didn’t cost as much as it does now - why would I go back to that?"
Full Story @ Metrotimes.com 

'Tapping The Breaks' Metrotimes Sep.19

Younger people and the shift away from carsimage
Written by Rachelle Damico & Ryan Felton

Jimmy Schroeder has been seeking adventures since graduating high school five years ago. That’s why when the chance came to move into a friend’s apartment in the New Center area of Detroit, the 23-year-old Battle Creek native didn’t think twice. He gathered his belongings, rented a moving truck, and headed eastbound on I-94.

He’s been living in the city since March. And, like a growing number of young people, Schroeder is pursuing his urban adventure without an automobile. 

Schroeder is far from alone when it comes to scaling back automobile use. Related: Huffington Post Article

Ferndale resident Alexander Wojcik got rid of his vehicle three years ago. He says he has no intentions of getting back behind the wheel. Instead, he gets to work and school by bicycle.

"I don’t see the point in owning a car," Wojcik says. "I survive without it. Both of my jobs are within a mile, and school is close as well, so anything I need is within reach. Plus, the last time I bought gas it didn’t cost as much as it does now - why would I go back to that?"

Full Story @ Metrotimes.com
 

Local Bike Producer Featured @ DIFFA Fundraiser Detroit


At the super high profile 2012 DIFFA Detroit Auction & Fundraiser, local bike producer, Slingshot Bikes lights up the “Tour Detroit - Finish Line” display.

DETROIT - What a cool surprise to see the Slingshot Bike on display during DIFFA’s super fancy, upscale fundraising event! The DIFFA, Dinning By Design party is an annual fundraising event, raising money to help fight aids.

Detroit’s finest restaurants and deli’s set their tables for tasting at the Joe Dumars State Fair Ground basketball courts. One of the main attractions are the dinning room displays, where interior designers setup super cool designs highlighting new and upcoming styles, interior decore as well as new tastes the city has to offer. 

The Slingshot Bikes are part of the Tour Detroit, Outdoor Living dinning display - designed by Judy Anderson Interiors. The backdrop is of the Detroit Riverwalk and everything on the dinning table is outdoor inspired, featuring cool crisp stainless steel designs hiking & biking drinking cantinas.. There’s also racing aspects included in the design - very cool!

Do you remember ‘Shades’, the guy who graffitied the shop walls?
Well get this, he took one of the Slingshot Bikes, painted it, and DIFFA placed it up for auction during the art gallery auction! WOW Very Cool! See the pictures below…


(photos by Aaron)

New Bike Plaza Opens @ Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

DOWNTOWN DETROIT - Woodward & Jefferson, Couriers and visitors cycling downtown to the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (Downtown Detroit’s Courthouse, City Hall and Library, also where the Spirit of Detroit statue is located) will now be able to park at a new bike plaza. The bike plaza features sixteen bike racks, pedestrian friendly aesthetics, ‘Green’ appeal, and its located just steps from the Woodward’s bus line. The newly landscaped Plaza now resides as an inviting place for visitors which makes effective use of Detroit’s vacant green spaces.

The City of Detroit’s Non-motorized Urban Transportation Master Plan calls for bicycle parking facilities to be provided at all community facilities. The Detroit Wayne Joint Building Authority is leading by example in making bicycle parking a priority at the Colman A Young Municipal Center [CYMC]. 

Bike plazas and cycling amenities are emerging all around the country in lively urban areas giving local customers additional, or alternative transportation options. It’s nice to see this kind of progress happening Downtown! Keep it up!

Full Story @ TellUsDetroit.com 

Change.org: Bikes on Michigan Amtrak Trains - Open Petition


ONLY A 120 SIGNATURES TO GO!! Link the petition 2 Friends and Family!!
Last year on the Shop Blog, we posted news from Amtrak regarding built-in bike racks on Michigan Railway Cars Here’s The Link. So far the progress has been taking shape see the ‘News’ on the Change.org Timeline. Cool ideal for metro Detroiters, including Ann Arbor, Ypsi, Kazoo, etc.. Think traveling to Chicago with just a bicycle and a day pack - or riding Chicago’s Critical Mass!! As a whole though it meant progress See how it looks here

Now is the time to tell your friends and family about it!
Sign to finalize progress into action!

Sign The Petition Here