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The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition

In This Issue:

Lyon Street Bikeway Proposed

Improving travel along the Medical Mile is one of the goals of the Michigan Street Corridor Plan that’s being prepared by the City of Grand Rapids. One exciting proposal that would provide a transportation alternative is a bikeway on Lyon Street, with shared lane markings (sharrows) from Plymouth to Diamond, and a two-way cycle track from Diamond to Monroe.
The Diamond to Union section would keep one-way motor vehicle traffic with parking remaining on both sides of the street. The cycle track would run along the north side of the street, buffered by the parked cars. The cycle track itself would have two lanes with bike travel in both directions (see image). Connecting the cycle track to Michigan Street with bike lanes on some of the north-south streets is also being studied.
 
The Lyon Street Bikeway might not have been considered without the enthusiastic involvement of many cycling advocates in the Michigan Street planning process--thank you for stepping up! GGRBC has a representative on the corridor plan steering committee and our Advocacy Committee will continue to work with the City of Grand Rapids on plan recommendations. We’ll keep you informed about how you can help.

Cycling Advocate Ray Brown

By Clare Horning, GGRBC Intern

Ray Brown is a website designer and bike enthusiast who has really built biking into his lifestyle.

A few years ago Ray landed his first desk job and began leading a more sedentary lifestyle. One winter day after he drove home from work he realized he was quickly putting on weight. He was tipping the scale at 300 pounds and decided enough was enough; he was going to get a road bike and get moving! In the spring of 2010 he bought his first road bike--not a great bike, but it did the trick. He’s been commuting daily ever since and is now down to 210 pounds. He still isn’t satisfied, so this winter he purchased a fat bike so he could commute year-round and not worry about weather. >> Continue Reading

 

Bike Map Given to 2,000 4th Graders

Local author Sue Stauffacher’s newest children’s book, Special Delivery!, has been chosen for the 2013 One Book, One City for Kids reading program for 4th graders in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. How does this relate to GGRBC? First, her book’s characters ride bicycles around the city rescuing animals. Second, 2,000 of GGRBC’s Bike Grand Rapids maps will be given to the participating children.The purchase of these maps was made possible by GGRBC, the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, and the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. Our Intern Clare Horning recently had the privilege of delivering the maps from the GGRBC office to the Grand Rapids Public Main Library.

 

Welcome New Friends & Members

Thanks to all of you who stopped by our booth at the Living Well expo! We appreciate your interest in making the Grand Rapids area safer for cyclists. We hope you'll be able to participate in our expanded Active Commute Week activities in May, and stay tuned for some exciting announcements this spring about our goal of 100 miles of bike lanes by the end of 2014. We welcome you to take the next step by either becoming a member of the Coalition or assisting in one of our many volunteer opportunities. Learn more here about membership in GGRBC.

Thank you to new 2013 members Anonymous, Brad Becker, Brad Hilton, and Jim Talen. Thanks also to new Founding Sponsor TerraTrike and renewing Founding Sponsors CycleSafeGayla Jewell & Bob Zylstra, J. Kevin & Cynthia McCurren, Jon & Carol Muth, and Rockford Construction.
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