Snow is melting fast and the streets are being swept!
With great bike-riding weather on the way, it's a good time to get your bike checked and tuned-up. If you want a professional to take a look, take it into one of these local shops, and they'll make sure your bike is ready to ride:
Cross Country Sports - Calumet
Downwind Sports - Houghton
Hancock Bike Shop - Hancock
Keweenaw Adventure Company - Copper Harbor
Rhythm Bike & Board - Houghton
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.
Local cyclists will take to the streets Thursday, May 28 to celebrate the seventh annual Keweenaw Bike to Work Day. The event, coordinated by Bike Initiative Keweenaw (BIKE!) aims to raise awareness of bicycle commuting as a transportation alternative, bike safety, and the importance of sharing the road.
Bike commuters, and other non-motorized travelers including pedestrians, are invited to visit one or more of eight rest stops in Houghton, Hancock, Calumet, Lake Linden and South Range on their way to or from work or school. Volunteers at each station will offer free refreshments, bike safety booklets and giveaway items, advice on bike commuting routes and gear, and, in some cases, even simple bike fixes like topping off tire pressures and checking brakes. We hope to see you all out there!
See the Keweenaw Bike to Work Day Website for more information.
We hope you can join us for a midnight ride to kick off the National Bike Challenge! Meet at the Houghton RV park between 11:30 PM and midnight Thursday (Apr 30). We'll have a fire going to warm by until we start the ride at 12:01 AM (May 1). We're thinking of an easy 9-mile route, but can tailor the route to fit the comfort level of the riders who show--whatever's easy and fun for everyone. If you're driving, the city says we can park in the Chutes and Ladders parking lot and pedal into the campground. Bring your lights, helmet, reflecty stuff…and be ready to have some fun!