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Biking Shorts, September 5, 2012

By Barbara Schmid

Mark your calendars now!

Our 2nd Annual Meeting is coming up next month and we invite you to join us. 

Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Hayworth/Interphase Community Space, 40 Monroe Center (at Division)
Refreshments: Soup bar!

Our guest speaker will be Lee Hardy, a professor at Calvin College who recently researched and documented the urban cycling culture and infrastructure in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Both cities have been models for cycling-savvy American planners who want to create a mode shift from the vroom-vroom of cars to the environmentally-friendly whirrrrrrr of bicycle wheels.

Hardy, funding by a grant, rode his bike for one week in each city. He recorded how street infrastructure impacted rider safety. He gathered rider data and he spoke with officials and bicycle advocates.


It will be inspiring, thought-provoking presentation you won't want to miss. It will also help us better visualize what we aspire to achieve in Grand Rapids to make cycling safer and more convenient for everyone.

At the Annual Meeting, we will also show what GGRBC has accomplished in the past year and what lies ahead. You will meet your board members and committee chairs. And you can find out how to get involved advocating for all cyclists in the Greater Grand Rapids region.

New board members

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in becoming a GGRBC board member. 

We are a working board that meets the first Wednesday morning of each month. Board members sit on at least one committee and also serve as volunteers at our events, as needed. It’s a fun and fulfilling way to get integrated into the biking community. Positive feedback comes from knowing that we’re making a difference in the health, environment and safety of our community.

Please send your query and a half page bio by September 21 to Tom Tilma, Interim Director at Tom.Tilma@BikeGrandRapids.org.

Data Gathering is Key for Smart Decisions

We will be conducting our third Bicycle Count and Survey later this month. As far as we know, we are only one of two entities in Michigan collecting bicycle traffic count data and conducting surveys of cyclists on a regular basis. We've held one previous fall count and one late spring count. This will be our third, which gives us more to compare against as we analyze the data. The information is helpful for policy decision makers and in seeking grant funding.

Please let us know if you would like to spend two hours at one of five locations to count riders and take surveys. It’s a lot of fun! The time frames are from 7-9 for the morning shift and 5-7 for the evening shift. The weekend count is from noon-2. Contact Tom at thomastilma@gmail.com for specifics.



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