bikes http://michiganradio.org en More bike lanes in Michigan mean more cyclists http://michiganradio.org/post/more-bike-lanes-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="http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9615_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 http://michiganradio.org More bike lanes in Michigan mean more cyclists Want history, architecture and beheadings? Try Detroit's haunted bike tour http://michiganradio.org/post/want-history-architecture-and-beheadings-try-detroits-haunted-bike-tour <p><a href="http://www.wheelhousedetroit.com/">Wheelhouse Detroit</a>, a bike shop right next to the Renaissance Center, puts on all sorts of guided bike tours through the city — tours of churches, urban agriculture, and painted murals. But for those looking for something, well, a little more creepy, the shop also offers a haunted bike tour that takes brave riders through cemeteries, ghostly spots, and long-gone homes with a murderous past.</p><p>The ride takes you to the cozy, produce-filled confines of Eastern Market down to St. Aubin Street, which, as the tour guides will tell you, was once a hot spot for the Purple Gang, a gang of bootleggers and hijackers who ran booze from Canada to Detroit. The gang, which got its start when Michigan banned alcohol in 1917, remained active up until the early 1930s.</p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:31:13 +0000 Kyle Norris 15076 at http://michiganradio.org Want history, architecture and beheadings? Try Detroit's haunted bike tour Lansing moves to expand bike paths http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-moves-expand-bike-paths <p>Lansing cyclists may soon have a new trail to ride their bikes.</p><p></p><p>The city council recently approved using money from a federal grant to pay for construction of a five mile long bike trail on the city’s south side.</p><p></p><p>The trail would connect with a more extensive network of trails on Lansing's east side.</p><p></p><p>Julie Powers is the executive director of the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council.</p><p></p><p>She says expanding Lansing's bike trails is a great idea.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 04:10:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14218 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing moves to expand bike paths Detroit Bikes, manufacturing in the city, opens tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bikes-manufacturing-city-opens-tonight <p>A&nbsp; Detroit-based bike manufacturer is holding its grand opening event tonight. Detroit Bikes is part of a mini-trend of companies like AutoBike and Detroit Bicycle. But it's the only company making bike frames in the city.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14027 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Bikes, manufacturing in the city, opens tonight Bike sharing programs return to Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/bike-sharing-programs-return-michigan <p>Okay, so we couldn't find any write-up online for it, but back in the 1980's Ann Arbor was home to the "green bike" program - an informal program set-up to share bikes.</p><p>From what we've gathered, bicycles were painted green and sprinkled throughout the University of Michigan's campus. They were never locked, and if you needed a bike you just found a green one and went on your merry way.</p><p>The "green bikes" didn't last long, and it took awhile for another bike sharing program to come to Michigan.</p><p>Last night, Ann Arbor's City Council voted <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-will-debut-bike-share-program-april-2014">to create a more formal bike share program</a>, following in the footsteps of other cities like New York, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Miami Beach, San Francisco, D.C., and Detroit.</p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 20:33:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13922 at http://michiganradio.org Bike sharing programs return to Michigan Ann Arbor will debut a bike share program in April 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-will-debut-bike-share-program-april-2014 <p>The Ann Arbor City Council Thursday night approved a plan for a bike share program. It's a collaboration with the University of Michigan, the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority and the <a href="http://cec-mi.org/">Clean Energy Coalition</a>.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:39:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13915 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor will debut a bike share program in April 2014