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2015 Bike To Work Day & Week

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Its Bike To Work Week (May 10-17) & Bike To Work Day This Friday, May 15th - While the rains started off the week, it is looking great going towards the weekend for joining up with others to ditch the car, and biking in to work, for classes, errands or just for fun. Also, this Friday May 15th will see the getDowntown program having bike commuting stations set up in the area (including Ypsilanti and Washtenaw Community College) where there will be free food and refreshments. Also register for raffles for numerous prizes, including a $250 gift certificate to Shinola in Ann Arbor. For more information visit http://annarborbiketoworkday.org/

WBWC Board Meeting - Wednesday, April 22nd

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Washtenaw Bicycling & Walking Coalition Board Meeting - Wednesday, April 22 - 7pm - The Ecology Center, 339 E Liberty St #300, Ann Arbor. Anyone interested in making Washtenaw County a better place for pedestrians and bicyclists is welcome to attend!

Spring 2015 Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition Newsletter

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Spring 2015 Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition Newsletter - http://tinyurl.com/nlqjey6

Draft MDOT University Region: Regional Non-Motorized Plan Posted – Comments Welcome

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A draft of the proposed Michigan Department Of Transportation (MDOT) University Region (which includes Washtenaw County) Regional Non-Motorized Plan has been posted to the project website - http://www.uregionnomoplan.com/#!docs-maps/cfvg

Due to size limitations, the maps associated with the draft Plan are posted separately on the website. It should be noted that information and maps for Livingston, Washtenaw and Monroe Counties are forthcoming and will reflect facilities and priorities as documented in the SEMCOG/MDOT Metro Region Non-Motorized Plan (2014).

The draft Plan and maps will also be available for review and input at the two final Outreach Meetings scheduled for Monday, April 13, 2015 (Jackson City Hall Chambers, 4pm to 7pm) and Thursday, April 16, 2015 (Lansing Foster Center, 4pm to 7pm). At each meeting, a brief presentation will be given at 4:00 and again at 5:30 pm.

For more information about the project, or if you can’t attend one of the Outreach Meetings and would like to provide input, please visit: www.uregionnomoplan.com  Comments and input on the draft Plan will be accepted until Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The final Plan is expected to be completed by the end of May 2015. 

WBWC Seeks Completion of Border To Border Trail in Central Ann Arbor

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The WBWC has begun working with Ann Arbor officials to close the gaps in the Border-to-Border (B2B) Trail in central Ann Arbor. Both the city’s Parks Plan and Non-motorized Plan have long called for completing the trail links between Fuller Park and Riverside Park, Fuller Park and Mitchell Field, and Bandemer Park and Barton Park / Huron River Drive. Completing these links will eliminate annoying and dangerous road and railroad crossings and will serve both B2B Trail users and people bicycling between Central Campus and North Campus.

In the Fuller Street and Maiden Lane areas, four bridges were built some 30 years ago with underpasses to accommodate planned trail connections. For three decades, nothing has been done to advance these projects. These links will connect major parks, increase safety, and provide pleasant transportation and recreation in the river valley.

While little has been happening in Ann Arbor, the river trail system has now become a countywide and statewide priority as part of the B2B Trail. The B2B Trail is a 35-mile greenway under development across Washtenaw County along and near the Huron River. Significant sums have been spent to build the trail in other parts of the county. And the B2B Trail has now been designated as a portion of the statewide Iron Belle Trail system, which is envisioned to go from Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle in Detroit.

These Ann Arbor B2B projects are WBWC priorities and have been approved by the WBWC Board of Directors. To view a short (3-page) document that describes and illustrates these projects (with maps) and tells what needs to be done to move them forward, click here.

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