Biking Shorts - November 2, 2012

By Barbara Schmid

Bliss first GGRBC Community Champion Award

Rosalynn Bliss, Commissioner of Grand Rapids’ Second Ward, was presented with GGRBC’s Community Champion Award at the Annual Meeting, October 24 at the Hayworth/Interphase community space.

About 60 people attended the second Annual Meeting, double from last year. The program began by introducing the current Board of Directors, followed by the awards presentation and a recap of GGRBC’s accomplishments over the past year.

Guest speaker Lee Hardy provided an informative presentation about how Copenhagen and Amsterdam have integrated cyclists into their transportation networks.

Three businesses were also recognized at the Annual Meeting as new Bicycle Friendly Businesses with the League of American Bicyclists. Priority Health, Village Bike & Fitness and Amway were each awarded a Bronze level BFB designation.

Commissioner Bliss was honored as one of the original visionaries instrumental in turning Grand Rapids into a nationally-recognized Bicycle Friendly Community. She provided her support when area cycling enthusiasts began organizing the inaugural Grand Rapids Bicycle Summit in 2009. She encouraged the City to adopt a Complete Streets resolution. And she recently backed the proposal to add more bicycle lanes to the city’s streets.

Bliss is, without a doubt, a Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition Community Champion. We are grateful for all she has done for cyclists in this community.

Board Evaluates Existing Programs at Retreat

On the heels of the Annual Meeting, GGRBC’s Board of Directors met to explore our current programs, activities and campaigns. The goal was to ensure that we are staying on track with our original mission and vision.

Prior to the meeting, each board member filled out an examination matrix to rank all of our programs through different lenses. The retreat offered an opportunity to discuss the findings and prioritize our programs and activities.

We will provide more information after the review from the retreat is compiled.

A Gran Fondo is coming to GR

The MSU College of Human Medicine announced it will host a Gran Fondo, June 29, to benefit melanoma (skin cancer) research.

Gran Fondo is an Italian phrase meaning “big ride.” It’s a participation ride rather than a race and has become very popular in Europe and the U.S.

The Gran Fondo in Grand Rapids will offer rides distances of 12, 35 and 80 miles long. Riders who raise a minimum of $500 will receive a commemorative event jersey and free registration.

More information is available at



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