Bike-Bus-Walk Events In Ypsilanti
City 2021 Non-Motorized Plan Update Now Online
On July 13, 2021 City Council approved an updated Non-Motorized Plan which now can be viewed by clicking here.
Bike Ypsi Spring Ride
The annual Bike Ypsi Spring Ride is tentatively scheduled for the 1st Saturday of May in 2022.
Ride Of Silence
The next Ride of Silence (to commemorate cyclists killed or injured) in Ypsilanti will be Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from Recreation Park at 7pm.
City Of Ypsilanti Non-Motorized Transportation Committee Meetings
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, regular monthly face-to-face of the City of Ypsilanti Non-Motorized Advisory Committee have been suspended and are being replaced with Zoom online teleconferences. These online meetings are held approximately every month with varying dates. Please check the City of Ypsilanti News section - www.cityofypsilanti.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?CID=1,10,5, and the Committee’s Facebook page - www.facebook.com/YpsilantiNMAC for meeting announcements.
Meeting agendas and minutes can be viewed at http://www.cityofypsilanti.com/AgendaCenter/NonMotorized-Advisory-Committee-9.
Bike Ypsi Weekly Rides
Due to the pandemic, all Bike Ypsi rides are postponed until further notice. Visit www.bikeypsi.org for updates.
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Your car is not the only way to get around Ypsilanti! We urge people, just once, to try bicycling, walking or taking the bus for transportation for work, errands or just to get around. We hope that once you try these alternative forms of transportation, you will be encouraged to continue using them all year.
Ypsilanti is a great place to bicycle with loads of quiet residential streets, an emerging network of bike lanes, a grass-roots bicycle club (Bike Ypsi - www.bikeypsi.org) and a volunteer-run bike repair service, the Ypsi Bike Co-Op - www.facebook.com/ypsibikecoop. Also, the town is very compact in size, meaning you can hop on your bike and in a very short time travel to local merchants, schools, restaurants and parks. And for icing on the cake, the cross-county non-motorized, hard surface Border To Border Trail (https://b2btrail.org/explore-the-trail/trail/ypsilanti-corridor/) cuts right through Ypsi. For a downloadable bicycling map of Ypsilanti, click here.
Ypsilanti Bike Friendly Business Program
The Ypsilanti Bicycle Friendly Business campaign is a way to promote active and healthy lifestyles for employees and customers in the Ypsilanti area. The campaign will honor corporations, organizations, associations, government agencies or non-profit groups located in Ypsilanti that actively promotes bicycling for transportation, recreation, exercise and sport. An Ypsilanti Bicycle Friendly Business welcomes bicyclists to their business, has secure and convenient (i.e. nearby) bicycle parking and displays an “Ypsilanti Bike-Friendly Business” window sticker. For more information, and a listing of Ypsilanti Bike-Friendly Businesses, click here.
Being not that large of City, Ypsilanti is wonderful for walking, with pretty much any spot in town easily reached by sidewalk. A fairly new addition to the City is the Border To Boarder Trail - Water Street segment, which is a very scenic urban trail along Huron River.
Ypsilanti is served by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AAATA) with a downtown bus depot on Pearl Street, just west of Washington Street. AAATA busses also have bike racks mounted on the front of the bus, meaning you can bike somewhere and on the return trip, travel on the bus along with your bike. For more information on bus service visit www.theride.org.
And Don't Put That Bike Away When Cold Temperatures Return!
For an information sheet of General Winter Riding Advice - Click here
For an information sheet on Bicycle Lighting - Click here
For a listing of winter riding links and local winter riding events - Click here
Bike Benefits Local Ypsi Discounts
Just a reminder that the organization Bike Benefits allows local members ($5 lifetime dues through a sticker you buy for your helmet) to receive discounts at such local merchants such as The Corner Brewery, Wurst Bar and many others. For more information visit https://bicyclebenefits.org/cities/56 - PLEASE NOTE - We are checking (late 2021) to see if Bike Benefits is still in existence as they have local businesses that have permanently closed (Ypsilanti Cycle, Beezy's, etc.) still listed even after they have been notified that they have closeds by email.