Category Archives: bicycles

Aliferis Memorial Race – September 3, 2016

The 15th Annual Aliferis Memorial Race is open to runners, walkers, and bikers of all ages and ab11822673_10153144187189389_6359843295473297701_nility levels. Registration fees range from $20 – $70 based on event and date of registration. Discounts available for early registration.

Events include Duathlon,5K Run, Bike Race (26 miles), Bike Tour (6 miles), and 1-mile Run/Walk

Register online for the 2016 Aliferis Memorial Race.

We again are offering a Family Rate (immediate family only). To take advantage of this discounted rate, register for one person, selecting “Family Rate” under Events. We will contact you regarding specific events and the names and ages of additional family members.
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Tour Alpena County’s MTB Trails Fund Raiser

Rail Trail Bridge Pano

Saturday July 23rd 2016 at 8am Ride all the single track in Alpena County starting at Rockport ~ Norway Ridge Pathway ~ Chippewa Hills Pathway

The day would begin at 8am at Rockport State Rec Area doing one 7 mile loop around the quarry, then jumping in your vehicle and driving to Norway Ridge Pathway where you would do an lap approx. 7 miles then back into your vehicle on to Chippewa Hills Pathway for a lap of 7 to 10 miles.
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Amtrak Route is Getting Bicycle-Friendly

AmTrak-TrainPassengers on the Amtrak Blue Water route that stops in Flint can bring along their bicycles starting this week.


The Michigan Department of Transportation said in a news release that starting Sept. 6, bicycles can be transported on trains that run daily between Port Huron and Chicago via Flint, East Lansing and Kalamazoo.

“Uniquely in the Midwest, rail cars on the Blue Water have been modified to create an area to securely carry up to four bikes per train on a popular route that serves two large state universities (Michigan State and Western Michigan) and several bicycle-friendly communities,” the MDOT announcement says.
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4th March 2013 “Complete Streets – What’s Next?” Forum to be Held on March 7 in Lansing

Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and Michigan Fitness Foundation as part of the Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability funded by a HUD grant for the Tri-County Region will host a forum on complete streets on Thursday, March 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Foster Center in Lansing.

The statewide Complete Streets law has taken the state by storm, with over 80 communities approving local Complete Streets policies, including seven in the Tri-County area. The topics for discussion include how the Michigan Department of Transportation is implementing the state law and how Complete Streets communities are moving to the next stage of implementation. Speakers for the event are Sarah Panken, Active Communities Director at Michigan Fitness Foundation and Andrew Kilpatrick, Traffic Engineer, for the City of Lansing.March 7th flyer revised.
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Exciting January bike events in Detroit

Ah, the old days when it was rare to find others to ride with in the winter in Detroit… anti-auto-show-300x143If you were lucky you might find another couple diehards riding a Critical Mass.

Those days are over and now colder months are getting their share of bike-related events.

Last weekend was The Hub‘s 24-hour bike ride fundraiser event.

CAID Anti-Auto Show

Starting January 12th this this interesting Contemporary Aid Institute of Detroit (CAID) event at 5141 Rosa Parks Boulevard:
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Detroit Wheelmen: Fundraising to build a Clubhouse

The Detroit Bicycle Club was the city’s first in 1879. These were the day’s of

Detroit Wheelmen Clubhouse at 53 E. Adams

Detroit Wheelmen Clubhouse at 53 E. Adams

highwheeler bicycles that appealed to young adventurous men but few others.

In fact L.J. Bates, the club’s first president wrote in that tricycles would eventually become more popular since they attracted a wider audience. A Free Press editorial from 1883 made the same prediction with this verbose attack on highwheelers.
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A bicycle photography e-book free for download

by Gene Bisbee

How many times have you returned home from a bicycle tour with memories of amazing spectacles and awesome scenery only to share your photos and realize they are flat and boring?

Page from ‘Bicycle Touring Photography’

It’s a common problem, but now there’s a free e-book available to help you improve your photos.

International bicycle traveler and photographer Paul Jeurissen has more than 30 years of experience making interesting bicycle photos. He’s recently published a free e-book entitled “Bicycle Touring Photography — a quick guide to taking better pictures.”
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The best biking books for the holiday season

December 13, 2012 by newyorkoutdoors

By Jonathan Simmons,, link to original postbicycling_on_campus

This has been another banner year for biking books: so many good reads, so little time. And if our almost spring-like weather continues, your average cycle-phile will continue to be out riding, not reading. Still, everyone needs a little down time on the sofa with that perfect book in hand. And with that in mind, here are a few of my favorite suggestions for what book to get for the cyclist on your gift list.
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Number of Protected Bike Lanes in America Nearly Doubled in 2012

by Angie Schmitt


This is becoming a more common sight in American cities. Photo: BicyclesOnly/Flickr

They’re the Cadillac (or, should we say, the Colnago) of bike infrastructure: protected bike lanes.

But on-street bikeways that give cyclists some measure of physical protection from traffic have been more or less unheard of in American cities — until recently. After New York City implemented a protected bike lane on Ninth Avenue in 2007, the treatment began to spread. Now, through their Green Lane Project, Bikes Belong is on a mission to make this type of bike lane an unremarkable sight in the United States. And cities are making real progress on that front.
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