The 26th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour Rolls into the
Most Beautiful Place in America
Mary McGuire Slevin, November 4, 2016
Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and Michigan Fitness Foundation, the 26th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour will take place in Traverse City, Leland and Frankfort on the shores of Lake Michigan in Michigan’s Northwest coast from July 15-22, 2017. T=this classic cycling vacation combines beautiful trails, Great Lakes beaches, lighthouses, rivers, virgin white pines, vineyards and more in this vibrant region of the Upper Midwest. Home to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, dubbed the “Most Beautiful Place in America” by tens of thousands of viewers from ABC’s Good Morning America, cyclists will surely be amazed at the inspiring vistas and challenging terrain in what is known as one of the nation’s best kept secrets.
Iron Belle Trail third-round grants now available; proposals due Jan. 9
Kristen Bennett, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, November 4, 2016
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced a third round of grant funding is available for communities and organizations working on sections of trail that will be part of Michigan’s two Iron Belle Trail routes. Proposals are due Jan. 9, 2017.
Communities or eligible non-profits located on the two trail routes are eligible for funding. Approximately $350,000 in grant funding is available and the maximum request is $30,000. A match is highly recommended.
Eligible items for round-three funding include:
- Engineering and design assistance
- Construction project assistance
- Purchase and installation of Iron Belle Trail signage
“Michigan is known as ‘The Trails State’ with good reason,” said Paul Yauk, DNR state trails coordinator. “The Iron Belle Trail connects communities across the entire state. Our partners are making tremendous strides with their grant dollars to make the Iron Belle Trail a reality.”
Yauk also said that recent Iron Belle Trail grants have helped fund projects such as the 1.25-mile extension of the Falling Waters Trail in Concord and the completion of the Bay-Saginaw connector trail that opened in October.
Bicyclists ride to Capitol for Advocacy Day
LANSING – Approximately 80 bicyclists rode to the Capitol this morning as part of the annual Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day. Representatives from the League of Michigan Bicyclists and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance gathered on the Capitol lawn to discuss proposed legislation to make roadways safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Bikes, brews & beaches: The Michigander’s 25th ride to be hosted in West Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS – Michigan is no stranger to cycling, and once a year dedicated cyclists focus their attention on one long distance event that defines the state. The Michigander Bicycle Tour, hosted by the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance (MTGA), will this year celebrate its 25th anniversary. A multi-day tour that ranks among the top 10 in the nation, according to Bicycling Magazine, the Michigander celebrates Michigan’s varied landscape and the dedicated and fun-loving cyclists that give the sport a home on the state’s trails. Taking place along West Michigan’s Gold Coast, the region is excited to showcase this year’s theme of “bikes, brews and beaches” from July 16-23.
“It’s just a very fun ride,” says Roger Tuuk, West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition (WMTGC) board member and seven-time Michigander cyclist. With three options—a two-day, six-day and eight-day tour (a combination of the two- and six-day tours)—the multi-day tours provides an option for most skill levels. “Anybody can do it,” says Tuuk, adding that some parents even hitch up bicycle trailers and take their children along for the ride.
Dequindre Cut extension opens this weekend
DETROIT – The formal opening Friday of the Dequindre Cut extension does more than add a half-mile addition to the popular strolling and bicycle path. It also marks the latest in Detroit’s growing network of greenways and bike lanes that is making non-motorized transportation a reality in the Motor City.
The expanded Dequindre Cut links into the Midtown Loop of bike lanes and wider sidewalks and one day will connect to the planned Inner Circle Greenway, about 20 miles of non-motorized paths circling greater downtown along mostly unused railroad right-of-way lines. The city also is expanding its pilot program of protected bicycle lanes along East Jefferson and Livernois, separating bikers from motor vehicle traffic. The DetroitRiverfront Conservancy also is working on its next link to expand the city’s award-winning RiverWalk.