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Posted on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 4:20 p.m.

Bike Ypsi to host 6th annual Spring Ride and Festival event

By Katrease Stafford

Bike Ypsi, a community cycling group, will host its sixth Spring Ride and Festival event Sunday, May 5, the Ypsilanti Courier reported.

Bike Ypsi began in 2007 to encourage biking in city streets.

The free event will feature guided bike rides through Ypsilanti, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Recreation Park on North Congress Street. Rides will leave around 10 a.m. and will have three different lengths depending on riders skill level.

The five-mile ride will be for those looking for a short ride through the city on bike paths and through the Border-to-Border trail, a 15-mile ride that explores the various roads and routes, and a 33-mile ride for those looking for a challenge.

According to the group's page there will be local bike shops on hand to perform maintenance before the rides to ensure that participants' bikes are ready for the roads.

Bike Ypsi's website said there will be a cookout following the event.

Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for her at or 734-623-2548 and follow her on twitter.



Wed, May 1, 2013 : 11:34 a.m.

Please be advised, if you plan to ride your bikes on Ypsilanti streets, use industrial strength outriggers. You don't want to fall too far in those sinkholes, I mean, potholes.

Bob Krzewinski

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 9:31 p.m.

Before anyone starts ranting, Bike Ypsi, along with other area bicycle clubs, the League of Michigan Bicyclists, and the national League of American Bicyclists (among others) are continually telling bicyclists, when you ride your bike, follow ALL traffic regulations, including obeying red lights and stop signs. These same state and national bicycle groups also strongly support law enforcement ticketing of cyclists who chose to ignore the laws. Some people on bikes who run red lights/stop signs just really don't know any better or even think it is legal to do so (it is not). But the worst cyclists are those who think they are "elite", know the laws, but still run red lights/stop signs. These people literally give all bicyclists a bad name.

Nicholas Urfe

Wed, May 1, 2013 : 1:05 p.m.

@Radlib2: Absolutely true. If you wait in the middle of a column of cars, it becomes very dangerous as they resume their race around you, often forgetting that you are even there. And the cars that are ahead of you will turn right in front of you, very often without looking. If you strictly obey the laws as a cyclist, and expect everyone else will do the same, you will die.


Wed, May 1, 2013 : 12:46 p.m.

It's less safe--by far--to wait with traffic at every light and thus become ensnared. Laws that were written for CARS, that presuppose bikes are at all similar to cars, are unjust. We have a moral obligation to not follow unjust laws.