biking en Why more Americans are giving up their cars <p></p><p>Changes are happening in the way we've relied on cars and trucks to get us where we want to go. But can people really get around without cars?&nbsp;</p><p>Micki Maynard has founded a new journalism project called <a href="">Curbing Cars</a>. Part of this project is her e-book, <a href="">Curbing Cars: America's Independence from the Auto Industry</a>, which was published by Forbes. She joined us on Stateside.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 20:24:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 17580 at Why more Americans are giving up their cars More bike lanes in Michigan mean more cyclists <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More communities in Michigan are embracing bike lanes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grand Rapids plans to add 40 more miles of bike lanes in the next few years.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit has an aggressive approach to implementing them and they're popping up in places like Adrian and South Haven, not to mention the biking hot spots of Traverse City and Marquette.</span></p><p>Josh DeBruyn is the <a href=",1607,7-151-9615_11223---,00.html">bike and pedestrian coordinator for MDOT.</a>&nbsp;Part of his job is to deal with the applications that towns send him when they apply for grants to help install bike lanes.</p><p>DeBruyn says he gets double to triple the amount of applicants that he can actually fulfill for these kinds of grants.</p><p>He also says he hears from plenty of people and organizations about what he calls "motor vehicle angst" - or drivers who are frustrated and sometimes aggressive with cyclists.</p><p>You can listen to my interview with him here:</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15210 at More bike lanes in Michigan mean more cyclists Bicycle businesses are booming in Michigan <p>As we talked about before on Stateside, there's more to the increased interest in cycling than a great hobby or way to keep fit or compete.</p><p>In addition to impacting the look of communities and the infrastructure of the state, there is also a business payoff in all of this.</p><p>Michigan is seeing a rise in cycling-related businesses.</p><p>One of those is AutoBike, located in Troy, in Oakland County. The founder and CEO of AutoBike is former General Motors engineer Sean Simpson. Sean joined us in the studio today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:08:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 12996 at Bicycle businesses are booming in Michigan Stateside for Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 <p>Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr held his first public meeting yesterday evening. We found out what Orr had to say and what city residents thought about his message.</p><p>And, after months and months of hearing about record-low water levels in the Great Lakes, new predictions now show levels could climb some 2 feet over the summer. We spoke with Al Steinman, the Director of the Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University to get the details.</p><p>Also, the CEO of AutoBike, Inc. joined us today to talk about how bicycle businesses have benefited from the growing interest in cycling.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat huge pile of petroleum coke lying alongside the Detroit River is triggering a growing sense of alarm.&nbsp;</span></p><p>You may recall, we spoke with New York Times journalist Ian Austen here on Stateside about the origins of this mountain of "pet coke" that's growing in Southwest Detroit. It's a byproduct of tar sands oil refining used in energy production. When mixed with coal, it can be used as a low-cost fuel.</p><p>The piles are being brought-in by trucks&nbsp; from the Marathon Petroleum Refinery in southwest Detroit, and the pet coke is being stored by a company called Detroit Bulk Storage for the OWNER of the pet coke: Koch Carbon.</p><p>US Congressmen John Conyers and Gary Peters and others have been voicing concern about the health and environmental risks of storing these piles of pet coke.</p><p>Nick Shroke is a professor of law at Wayne State University in Detroit and the executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, and he joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:05:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 13000 at Stateside for Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 The automotive state is changing to accomodate bicycling <p>Whether it’s commuters who are sick of rising gas prices, the hipsters moving into urban areas, or empty-nester baby boomers seeking fitness, the bicycle is growing in popularity. Cycling tripled nationwide from 1990 to 2009, and that growing popularity is reflected here in Michigan.</p><p>But it's not just riding for fun or fitness. Cycling can impact the way our communities look, and impact policy and infrastructure at the state and local level, as well.</p><p>John Lindenmayer, the advocacy and policy director for the League of Michigan Bicyclists, joined us in the studio.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:10:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 12978 at The automotive state is changing to accomodate bicycling Stateside for Monday, June 10th, 2013 <p>It's not often that people actively seek out a situation that ends up putting them in jail, but on today's show, we spoke with one woman who did exactly that in order to put a spotlight on undocumented immigrants.</p><p>And, communities all across the state are spending money to become more bike-friendly. We found out why they think this will help reverse Michigan's brain-drain.</p><p>Also, three Michigan filmmakers switched gears from movies to music, and this weekend they are hosting a big outdoor music festival in Clare County. &nbsp;</p><p>First on the show, Michigan will get $100 million from the federal government to tear down thousands of vacant houses and clean up struggling neighborhoods.</p><p>The money will be used in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Pontiac and Saginaw.</p><p>Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee has been pushing hard for this funding. He joined us today from Flint.</p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:04:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 12974 at Stateside for Monday, June 10th, 2013 Michigan ranked 12th most bike-friendly state <p> Students across Michigan hopped on their bikes this morning, in celebration of the country’s second annual Bike to School Day. According to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, <a href="">more than 80 Michigan schools</a> geared up for the two-wheeled holiday, up from 45 schools in 2012.<br> <br> Bike to School Day rolls around just days after the League of American Bicyclists released their report on the most bike-friendly states in the country. Michigan earned a spot in the top twenty, <a href="">falling in 12th place</a> on the group’s survey. In the Midwest region, Michigan was ranked fourth.</p> <p> Wed, 08 May 2013 18:01:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12471 at Michigan ranked 12th most bike-friendly state Downtown Grand Rapids to see an increase in bike racks <p>Folks in Grand Rapids could find it easier to ride their bikes if they plan to be downtown this summer.</p><p>Eric Pratt is with the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority. He says a proposal to install more than 200 off-street bicycle racks and six on-street racks is being finalized for the upcoming season. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:51:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11237 at Downtown Grand Rapids to see an increase in bike racks Cyclists complete 97-day ride around Great Lakes <p>Last Sunday afternoon, Kris McNeal, 26, and Zach Chase, 25, rode their bikes into Duluth, Minnesota after a more than 5,300 mile bike ride around the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway.</p><p>The duo had previously completed a 1,700-mile trip from Seattle to Mexico, but that seems like child&#39;s play compared to this 97-day long trip.</p><p>Averaging about six hours of riding per day, McNeal and Chase covered between 60 and 70 miles before making camp each night. They got their first flat tire after 3,000 miles and ended up having 15 flats by the end of the trip.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 16:35:46 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8600 at Cyclists complete 97-day ride around Great Lakes Ann Arbor library considers getting into the bike business <p>You may one day be able to check out bicycles for free at the <a href="">Ann Arbor District Library</a>.</p><p>The library is considering teaming up with Common Cycle, a non-profit bike club, in an effort to provide free bike rentals to library patrons.</p><p>Eric Jankowski is with <a href="">Common Cycle</a>. He says details are still being worked out, including what the late fees will be, and for how long a library patron can check out a bike. As for how many bikes they&rsquo;ll need?</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 19:51:44 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5372 at Ann Arbor library considers getting into the bike business Grand Rapids officials discuss pros, cons, of week-long biker event <p>Organizers of the proposed “River City Bike Week” expect the five-day event will attract between 50,000 and 60,000 people. But some worry the group is overestimating the economic benefits and underestimating the noise, traffic and potential crime they say is associated with biker clubs.</p><p>Kyle Davis is an avid Harley rider from the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming. He’s been missing the annual biker week in Sturgis, MI and would be thrilled to have something like that in Grand Rapids.</p><blockquote><p>“It’s going to be noisy I can tell you that but for the most part, a lot of the Harley community around here gives back to the community a lot. I know my brother has muscular dystrophy and they do a big huge fundraiser every year. So they’re really misunderstood in my point of view.”</p></blockquote><p>If the city allows the event, River City Bike Week organizer Tracy Holt says part of the proceeds would benefit the <a href="">Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation</a> that helps give Grand Rapids students the tools they need to succeed. She says they'll have bike builders, vendors, stunts, races, and concerts by ZZ Top, the Steve Miller Band and the Doobie Brothers. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 04:27:45 +0000 Lindsey Smith 987 at Grand Rapids officials discuss pros, cons, of week-long biker event