Michigander Bicycle Tour: Explore the Upper Midwest on Two Wheels in the Land of Hemingway

Mary McGuire Slevin, PRLog, Petoskey, January 30, 2018

North Central Michigan is home to excellent trails and towns to be explored on the 27th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour from July 14-21. Featured towns include Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Harbor Springs, Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, Petoskey, and all points in between stretching from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. This region is known for its scenery; sandy beaches, clear lakes, winding rivers and the expansive shorelines dotted with shipwrecks and lighthouses. The Top of Michigan Trails manages a fantastic network of trails that cover 300 miles of Northern Michigan. Cyclists will experience the following trails: North Central State Trail, North Eastern State Trail, North Western State Trail, Little Traverse Wheelway, Burt Lake Trail, Charlevoix Township Bike Path, and Petoskey City Trails, which combined make up a part of the Great Lake to Lake Trail Route #3 and the Iron Belle Trail. Because of the expanse of this trail network, there are also opportunities for cyclists who like a longer ride to easily take on more miles than the planned routes each day. Cyclists have the option to tour car-free Mackinac Island, which will give Michigander riders the ability to explore up to 70 miles of trails, on the quaint Island that is a National Historic Landmark and considered “One of the Top Ten Islands in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler and National Geographic.


Michigander Bicycle Tour Celebrates Nature

Mary McGuire Slevin, Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance, Lansing, January 25, 2018

2018 Michigander Ride Jersey

The official Michigander Bicycle Tour ride jersey design is a collaboration between ride director Mary McGuire Slevin and Michigan Fitness Foundation graphic designer Charli Holloway. Celebrating nature in North Central Michigan, the art elements give a nod to the rays of the rising sun with Michigan’s State Stone, the Petoskey Stone interpreted in a graphic on the sleeves and sides of the jersey. Then the deep blue grey color of the body of the jersey that depicts to color of night sky, long after the sun is set in the Straits of Mackinac. The deer is perfectly fitting as they are abundant in the Upper Midwest and a welcome sight in the forests of Northern Michigan. The bicycle gears on the front of the jersey and behind the deer celebrate the bicycle. And this classic cycling vacation is all about celebrating summer by leaving the world behind through an active vacation on two wheels.

Charli Holloway is a young, motivated graphic designer who thrives on helping others create a better business for themselves through beautiful, effective designs. Her work ranges from logo design and branding, to layout design and advertising in both print and digital medias. She strives to create simple, yet strong elements that are tailored to brand needs. Charli is continuing to delve deeper into the wonderful world of design to learn new techniques and be an inspiration to others.

Mary McGuire Slevin is also a graphic designer in addition to her work as ride director for the Michigander. Telling a story through art is something she loves to do, and after summering in this region as a child to moving and living on Mackinac Island for over a decade, she has a unique perspective to the colors and landscape of the Straits of Mackinac region.

Together, Charli and Mary had fun creating this design by researching colors and themes that would stand out in the forested trails. Working with the input of the Michigander Committee helped ensure it was fun and representative of this very special region.

For the riders, this is more than something to wear,  it is a remembrance of their incredible athletic accomplishment by completing the 2-Day, 6-Day or 8-Day Michigander Bicycle Tour on their summer vacation in Northern Michigan.


Wilson Foundation gives $2 million for 26-mile Recreational Pathway

Kurt Nagl, Crain’s Detroit, July 13, 2017

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

A 26-mile recreational path in Detroit received a boost Thursday with a $2 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. The money will be used to fund the design and preconstruction of the unfinished portions of the loop, according to a news release from the city. Called the Inner Circle Greenway, the nonmotorized path connects the city’s neighborhoods, parks, commercial corridors, the riverfront and downtown.



The 26th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour Rolls into the
Most Beautiful Place in America

Mary McGuire Slevin, November 4, 2016

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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

Hiking the Iron Belle Trail

Hiking the Iron Belle Trail, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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.


Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day

Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day

Bicyclists ride to Capitol for Advocacy Day

RJ Wolcott, May 25, 2016

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.



Roger Tuuk, West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition

Roger Tuuk, West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition

Bikes, brews & beaches: The Michigander’s 25th ride to be hosted in West Michigan

By Lauren Fay Carlson, Thursday, May 19, 2016

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, Detroit

The south view of the new extension of the popular Dequindre Cut greenway from Gratiot to Mack.

Dequindre Cut extension opens this weekend

John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press10 p.m. EDT April 28, 2016

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.