The League of American Bicyclists has announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards and the City of Houghton has been named a silver level BFC. It is now one of only 2 silver level communities in Michigan, and the only one in the UP. The silver status recognizes Houghton’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. We still have work to do however! The application process gives communities a chance to look critically at their strengths and shortcomings regarding bicycling, and chart out a path of improvement. Continual improvements are necessary to maintain a silver level status, and hopefully achieve gold, platinum, and eventually diamond status! See the full press release at http://www.cityofhoughton.com/news-info.php?target=297.
The cover for the August 2013 edition of the Michigan Bicyclist Magazine features a familiar sight for many local bike commuters. There is also an excellent article on page 10 about efforts to create more bike-friendly communities in the Western UP.
BIKE! and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department will host Mike Beck, League of American Bicyclists instructor for Traffic Skills 101 on Friday October 18 and Saturday October 19.
Traffic Skills 101 is designed to give riders the knowledge and confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The course will teach you how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, safe riding techniques and crash avoidance, and will include classroom time as well as substantial on-bike time. This class will be sponsored by the Health Department. We have room for only 10 participants, so please contact us soon to add your name to the list. To register, email Keren Tischler at BIKE! firstname.lastname@example.org
Details & Logistics:
Instructor: Mike Beck, LCI# 3222, Marquette, MI
Location: Houghton or Hancock (exact location TBD)
Date/time: Friday Oct. 18, 6-10pm and Saturday Oct. 19, 10am-3pm
Cost: Covered by the WUP Health Department
Equipment needed: Course participants will need a bicycle in good working condition, a helmet and a front light (state required for riding after dark). A rear light is recommended (If you do not have lights, please let us know). The course is intended to run rain or shine, so come prepared for the weather and bring snacks and water. In the event of snow or extreme weather the course will be held the following weekend.