The Houghton Avenue Bike Boulevard is already being used by bikers as an east-west route through the city. However several changes to stop and yield signs at the Houghton Ave intersections should make it easier for cyclists. The changes were designed to allow bike traffic to travel more freely and with fewer stops.
Join us at Bridgefest this Saturday, June 17th to go on a guided ride of the Bike Boulevard! See bridgefestfun.org for a full schedule of events.
Bike the Boulevard flyer (PDF)
It’s time again for the annual National Bike Challenge, a free nationwide event that promotes recreational and transportation bicycling through friendly competition between riders on local, state, and national levels. The challenge starts May 1 and runs through September 30, and is hosted in Houghton and Keweenaw counties by local advocacy group Bike Initiative Keweenaw (BIKE!).
Last year, the local challenge finished in second place nationally, with 377 riders logging more than 127,000 miles. Nationally, 45,000 riders covered more than 25 million miles. Local challenges are ranked in points per capita, which makes it possible for less populated areas like Houghton and Keweenaw counties to compete with big cities.
New this year is the national challenge website, built on Strava, a robust platform used by over a million fitness enthusiasts and athletes. This year's local goals include signing up 200 riders on the new challenge site and logging a total of 150,000 miles.
"We invite everyone to join in helping us reach our local goals and again achieving a national ranking," said a local bike challenge coordinator Josh Myles. "Whether you ride roads or trails, commute or ride for recreation, log your miles on Strava manually or with GPS, it's fun and easy to take part."
Visit bikeinitiativekeweenaw.org for more information on the challenge, sign-up instructions, events including a sign-up help session and a midnight kick-off group ride, and news during the challenge. BIKE! can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. Find out more about the National Bike Challenge at nationalbikechallenge.org.
The Hancock City Council recently adopted a Non-Motorized Network Transportation Plan. The plan seeks to provide guidance and priorities to help make Hancock a more walkable and bikeable community for people of all ages and abilities. It contains ideas for connecting common destinations around Hancock for non-motorized users, and it was developed with extensive input from Hancock residents. The Hancock Bike and Pedestrian Committee is always eager for feedback from non-motorized users, so please get in contact with us or join one of our meetings to offer your thoughts. Read more in the Mining Gazette: http://www.mininggazette.com/news/2016/11/hancock-works-to-make-city-more-bike-pedestrian-friendly/
This winter, we'd like to feature some of our local National Bike Challenge riders. Together, riders from Houghton and Keweenaw counties completed over 127,000 miles in 2016!
Name: Chris (Christine) Codere
Work: Sr. Project Manager, Center for Technology and Training at MTU
Community: A few miles from Lake Linden
Total 2016 NBC miles: 5,000
Q: Why do you participate in the National Bike Challenge?
A: I love to bike and it is a fun way to track the miles I pedal and have friendly competitions.
Q: Has the National Bike Challenge changed when and where you ride your bike?
A: Yes, NBC has helped me realize what I am capable of. Before the challenge, I would have never dreamed I could pedal that many miles in a season. I started with 1 -2 days a week commuting to work and quickly escalated into a daily commute, some days even in the rain!
Q: What do you like about bike riding in the area?
A: We live in a beautiful area, surrounded by lakes and forest, traveling by bike allows a person to enjoy this beauty much more than traveling by car.
Q: What would you say to others who are thinking of joining the National Bike Challenge?
A: I would highly recommend joining the NBC. Biking is such an enjoyable form of exercise anyway, but being a part of a competition will encourage you to challenge yourself and others. Ride, log your miles and monitor your status often - soon you will be pedaling more than you ever thought possible!
Q: Can you share a story from one of your rides during the Challenge?
A: My most memorable ride of the season is the MTU Cycle Club Fall Color Tour in September. I have participated two years in a row now and I always have a great time. It also feels great to accomplish a 120 mile ride.
Bike Initiative Keweenaw will be partnering with local law enforcement to host a Ride of Silence in the Houghton/Hancock area on August 24th. This will be one of several Ride of Silence events taking place that day around the U.P.
The event is being held to honor people who have been injured or killed while biking, particularly in several recent tragic events in Michigan this year, and to raise awareness on all of the users that share the road.
The Ride of Silence is open to everyone, but helmets are required. Law enforcement will provide an escort throughout the 19 mile ride, from Hancock to Chassell and back. Please contact us with any questions.
Date & Time: Wednesday, August 24th, 6:00pm (please arrive by 5:45)
Place: Hancock, under the Lift Bridge (near the Ramada)
Distance: 19 miles, 10-12 mph pace
What to Bring: Water, comfortable clothing, and a helmet
Please visit the Ride of Silence website for more information about the national effort.
Need some extra motivation to get out riding a bike or running this March? Here is a fun way to challenge yourself and log the miles that you spend running errands by bike or running shoe.
ATLANTIC MINE, Michigan - November 18, 2015 - Houghton and Keweenaw counties took the top spot for local challenges in this year's National Bike Challenge, organized by People for Bikes and locally hosted by Bike Initiative Keweenaw (BIKE!). The annual challenge is in its fifth year as a nationwide event, and promotes recreational and transportation bicycling through friendly competition between riders on local, state, and national levels.
This year, 281 riders in Houghton and Keweenaw counties logged over 119,000 miles during the challenge, which ran from May 1 to September 30. Nationally, 92,419 riders covered more than 37 million miles in all. Local challenges are ranked in points per capita, which makes it possible for less populated areas to compete with big cities.
Bike Initiative Keweenaw, a local advocacy group focused on empowering people to ride more often, hosted the local challenge again this year. Each month the group organized a casual ride to celebrate points logged and to share experiences.
Local businesses also stepped in to support the local challenge. Cross Country Sports, Michigan House Cafe & Brew Pub, and Rhythm Bike & Board Co. contributed resources as well as enthusiastic challenge participants.
"Our workplace enjoys a good challenge," said Kristin Schmitt of Hancock. "The National Bike Challenge gives us a nice opportunity to positively affect our own personal wellness goals, while also sprinkling in a little friendly inter-office competition too."
Lorri Oikarinen of Calumet said, "Joining the National Bike Challenge and our local challenge was one of the most fun things I did this summer. It was a great way to get out there and ride every day!"
Curt Webb of Atlantic Mine pointed out another benefit of the challenge. "It's a fun way to encourage people to ride more, and the more people who ride, the safer it is."
Bike Initiative Keweenaw plans to continue hosting the yearly local challenge, and welcomes involvement by individuals and groups. BIKE! can be reached at bikeinitiativekeweenaw.org, Facebook, or Twitter. Find out more about the National Bike Challenge at nationalbikechallenge.org.
We did it! Our local bike challenge finished in the top spot this year! 280 riders logged over 119,000 mi from May through September. Congratulations to all who got out and rode during the 2015 challenge.
Thank you to all the sponsors, donors, volunteers and more than 500 youth and adult bike commuters who braved the chilly weather to help make the 7th annual Keweenaw Bike to Work Day on May 28, 2015 a success, with eight snack stops and bike-maintenance stations in Houghton, Hancock, Lake Linden, Calumet, South Range, and on the Michigan Tech campus.
Donors and sponsors included: Western U.P. Health Department, City of Houghton, Houghton Police Department, Houghton Middle School Builders Club, Houghton-Portage Township Schools, Rhythm Bike and Board Company, Downwind Sports, 5th and Elm Coffee Shops in Houghton and Calumet, MTU Credit Union on Sharon Avenue, City of Hancock, Keweenaw Co-op Natural Foods, McGann’s Building Supply, U.P. Health System-Portage, Cross Country Sports, C-L-K Public Schools, Aspirus Keweenaw Fitness and Rehab in Laurium and Aspirus Clinic Lake Linden, Pat’s Foods IGA, Louie’s Super Valu, Café Rosetta, Lake Linden Village, BP Gas Station in South Range, Michigan Tech Outdoor Adventure Program, Chain Drive Race Committee, and dozens of volunteers.