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As the City of Ann Arbor updates its Non-Motorized Transportation Plan this year (last done in 2007), it is time to not only see how much infrastructure we have built, but also how much our city's culture has changed. Here is a place to collect videos, photos, and news items that help to piece together all the wonderful things that make Ann Arbor's culture of non-motorized transportation unique and worth CELEBRATING! For more information on non-motorized transportation in Ann Arbor please visit www.a2gov.org/WalkBikeDrive and www.a2gov.org. If you are interested in submitting a photo to the blog, or to learn more about the blog please email kknapp@a2gov.org.
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Keen to participate in this year’s Conquer the Cold, winter commuting challenge hosted by getDowntown, but not sure how to prepare for winter cycling? You’re in luck! getDowntown is hosting workshops on winter cycling, covering subjects from “what to wear" to "how to navigate ice and snow.

getDowntown is asking workshop participants to sign up online at: http://getdowntown.org/Events/ConquertheCold/WinterBikeCommuting101. The workshops will be held at the DDA’s office, 150 S. Fifth Ave, 3rd Floor, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; and at Mighty Good Coffee, 217 N. Main, Ann Arbor, MI 58104 .

The workshops dates include:

  • Weds, November 13, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Thurs, November 14, 12-1:30pm
  • Sun, November 17, 10-11:30am
  • Weds, December 11, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Thurs, December 12, 12-1:30pm
  • Sun, December 15, 10-11:30am

WEMU 89.1 recently released their interview with Heather Seyfarth from CEC on the Ann Arbor Bike Share Program. The 8 minute interview can be found here. The interview was produced by WEMU 89.1 as part of their Issues of the Environment segment, which is a weekly feature during WEMU 89.1’s Morning Edition.

WEMU 89.1 is a member station of NPR.

Bike Share Program to Launch in Ann Arbor

A bike share program is scheduled to open in April 2014!

The bike share program will be operated by Clean Energy Coalition (CEC) and supported in part by the City of Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan, and the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (TheRide).

Initially, the bike share program will primarily service downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan’s campus with 125 bikes and 14 stations. Fully automated B-cycle stations and bikes will be used in the Ann Arbor bike share program. The Boulder, CO; Denver, CO; and Madison, WI bike share programs are a few of the other programs which use B-cycle infrastructure.

How does Bike Sharing Work?

  •            Sign up online for a 24 hour, 7 day or annual membership, or sign up at a bike share station for a 24 membership. Those signing up for an annual membership will receive a membership card in the mail.
  •            Swipe your membership card or credit card at any station to check out a bike.
  •            Take the bike out for a spin! The first 30 minutes of any checkout is free. Because bike share bikes are intended for short trips, usage fees will be applied after the first 30 minutes of the trip. Under an active membership you can take unlimited 30 minute rides without paying usage fees.
  •            Return your bike to any station.
  •            Here is a short video by B-cycle that goes over bike sharing:

Why Bike Share?

  •             Designed for short trips around the downtown and UM Ann Arbor campuses, the Ann Arbor bike share system offers a transportation option that is good for you, Ann Arbor, and the planet.
  •            Faster than walking, more convenient than trying to find a parking spot downtown in a car, and more flexible than having your own bike, bike share programs provide bikes where and when you want them.

What will the bikes be like?

  •            The Trek bikes are designed to provide a safe, durable and comfortable ride for users.
  •            With an easily adjustable seat, front basket, front and rear lights that are powered by pedaling, and a chain lock, the bikes can accommodate a variety of riders and trips.

Who Can Bike Share?

  •            Those 18 years old and older.

Where can you Sign Up?

  •            Online
  •             At station kiosks

What are the available memberships?

  •            24 hour
  •            7 Day
  •            Annual

 Ann Arbor bike share program members can use bikes in any of B-cycle’s 18 other bike share programs without additional membership costs. Memberships will be available for purchase starting in late 2013 or early 2014. The pricing for memberships is expected to match rates of other bike share programs nationwide.

Have Additional Suggestions or Questions on the bike share program?

More information on B-cycle can be found at www.bcycle.com

Would you like to review Ann Arbor’s Bicycle Friendly Community Application?

As you may have heard, Ann Arbor is currently working on an application for the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community Award. As part of the application process the League of American Bicyclists is looking for local reviewers.

Who should be a local reviewer?

  • The league is looking for a mix of cycling expertise among the local reviewers; both bicycling experts and novice cyclists should consider signing up to be a local reviewer.

Please note that all of the local reviewers will remain anonymous and that you can be a local reviewer even if you worked on the Ann Arbor application.

What does being a local reviewer require?

  • Local reviewers will be asked to review Ann Arbor’s application over a two to three week period of time. Local reviewers should have access to a computer and the internet, as the League asks for the review to be submitted online.

How will the local reviewers’ comments be used?

  • The local reviewers’ work will be taken into consideration along with the Ann Arbor application and supplemental materials by League judges. The judging panel will decide Arbor’s award level.  For more information on the award determination process please visit, http://www.bikeleague.org/content/bfc-process.

How to sign up to be a local reviewer:

  • Those interested in being a local reviewer need to sign up by July 16th at http://www.bikeleague.org/content/become-local-reviewer. Please feel free to share this link with others who you feel may be interested in being a local reviewer. When signing up be sure to include the City of Ann Arbor, MI as one of the cities that you feel comfortable with reviewing (question #4 of the sign up form).

Unable to attend the Public Meeting? You can still help the Community of Ann Arbor complete the Bicycle Friendly Community Award via a 10 question online survey on biking in Ann Arbor. The survey will close on July 9th!

You can help Ann Arbor complete the Bicycle Friendly Community Application by sharing what you think the community is doing to create a safe and accommodating biking infrastructure and encouraging culture for biking!

Public Meeting, June 25th from 6-8 PM, in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of Ann Arbor City Hall.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to participate in public meetings. Accommodations, including sign language interpreters, may be arranged by contacting the city clerk’s office at 734.794.6140; via email to: cityclerk@a2gov.org; or by written request addressed and mailed or delivered to: City Clerk’s Office, 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Requests need to be received at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

We hope to see you there!

The Ann Arbor Community is reapplying for the League of American Bicyclists’ “Bicycle Friendly Community Award” this summer. Ann Arbor last applied for the Bicycle Friendly Community Award in 2009, when it was awarded a Silver Level. This year, the Ann Arbor community has its eye on GOLD!

In order to make the application as comprehensive and complete as possible, bicyclists’ input is needed. Please consider attending the public meeting on Tuesday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. to ensure that your efforts towards supporting bicycling in our community are counted!

Unable to attend the meeting? Community members are invited to complete a 10 question survey about bicycling culture and infrastructure in Ann Arbor at A2 BFC Survey. The survey will close on Tuesday, July 9th.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to participate in public meetings. Accommodations, including sign language interpreters, may be arranged by contacting the city clerk’s office at 734.794.6140; via email to: cityclerk@a2gov.org; or by written request addressed and mailed or delivered to: City Clerk’s Office, 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Requests need to be received at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Just in time for summer cycling, the City of Ann Arbor has installed a new bicycle “Fix-It Stand” at the city’s Municipal Center, 301 E. Huron. Located by the bike hoops in front of the Justice Center, the Fix-It Stand includes a hanger arm, air pump and a set of tools to help perform basic bike maintenance and repairs. The tools include screwdrivers and wrenches of different styles and sizes. 
Community members are encouraged to test their breaks and tires before heading out for their first cycling trip of the season. Testing and tightening breaks and inflating tires—if needed—can help prevent accidents from occurring during a ride. Additional information on safe walking, bicycling and driving in Ann Arbor can be found at www.a2gov.org/walkbikedrive.

Just in time for summer cycling, the City of Ann Arbor has installed a new bicycle “Fix-It Stand” at the city’s Municipal Center, 301 E. Huron. Located by the bike hoops in front of the Justice Center, the Fix-It Stand includes a hanger arm, air pump and a set of tools to help perform basic bike maintenance and repairs. The tools include screwdrivers and wrenches of different styles and sizes.

Community members are encouraged to test their breaks and tires before heading out for their first cycling trip of the season. Testing and tightening breaks and inflating tires—if needed—can help prevent accidents from occurring during a ride. Additional information on safe walking, bicycling and driving in Ann Arbor can be found at www.a2gov.org/walkbikedrive.

Pedal on down to City Hall on Friday, May 17thfrom 7-9 AM for some breakfast treats and refreshments and a chance to win one of 4 Novara commuting backpacks from REI Ann Arbor!

Also Eli Cooper, the City’s Transportation Manager, will be biking to City Hall from Gallup Park on Friday. Meet Eli at 7:20 AM at the one-lane wooden bridge, adjacent to the B2B trail.

More information about Bike Commuting Stations in Ann Arbor for National Bike to Work Day can be found at: http://commuter.getdowntown.org/~getdown/content/bike-work-day-events