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!
The Keweenaw Peninsula surprised more than few people across the country by finishing #4 nationally in points per capita in the 2014 National Bike Challenge. BIKE! (Bike Initiative Keweenaw) finished the year with 120 riders logging over 77,176 miles.
Once again this year, our local area is joining more than 75,000 riders from across the country to ride 35 million miles as part of the National Bike Challenge. The challenge starts May 1.
The National Bike Challenge is a free and friendly competition encouraging all people to get out and ride whether a daily commuter, weekend warrior or casual rider. Your miles help build a data set that bolsters the work of bicycle advocacy groups at both the local and national level.
Help the Keweenaw reach #1 in the nation. The challenge officially starts May 1, but you can start logging your miles anytime as part of the warm-up period. Create an account and your zip code gets you into the local challenge. It is that simple.
BIKE! now has space to share books, magazines, and other material related to traveling and commuting by bicycle. The new BIKE Resource Library is located in the Sustainable Keweenaw Resource Center, on the ground floor of the Jutila Center in Hancock. The Center is open to the community during Jutila Center business hours (Monday-Saturday, 8am-8pm), except during scheduled events.
Among other highlights, this is just one of four libraries in the U.S. with an extensive collection of Bicycle Quarterly! Stop by and see if there is something that interests you, or contact BIKE! if you have a resource you'd like to donate.
This fall, Michigan adopted the Nathan Bower Act (HB 5438) which passed unanimously in the House and Senate with broad bipartisan support. The new law adds information about bicycle and motorcycle awareness to Michigan driver’s education curriculum, and emphasizes the importance of motorists being aware of their surroundings while driving. Read more about the bill and its namesake, Nathan Bower, on the League of Michigan Bicyclists website.
Earlier this summer, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) released Phase I of a report that outlines the economic and community benefits of biking in Michigan. The report finds that bicycling provides an estimated $668 million per year in economic benefit to Michigan's economy, including employment, retail revenue, tourism expenditure, and increased health and productivity. Phase II of this project will be completed in 2015, and will include more specific data on the economic impact of bicycle touring, and Michigan as a bicycle destination. Read more and get the full study via the League of Michigan Bicyclists news section.
Join up with others bike commuting to work on Friday October 31st! Meet at Roys around 7:30 a.m. in your Halloween costume for a group photo.
The City of Hancock seeks public input from residents and commuters as it develops its Non-Motorized Transportation Network Plan.
Please click here to take this survey about walking, biking, or riding the bus or a mobility scooter in Hancock. Your comments will help with the development of the plan!
In addition, there will be a public forum on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 401 Quincy Street next to City Hall. Following a brief presentation, members of the public may offer suggestions on how to make Hancock safer and more convenient for walking, cycling and transit use by people of all ages and abilities.
Michigan Tech Benefits Services and Bike Initiative Keweenaw (BIKE!) will host a Lunch and Learn, from Noon to 1 p.m., Monday, July 14, in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.
With summer now in full swing, members of BIKE! will talk to Michigan Tech employees about how they're working with communities in the Keweenaw to empower people to ride bikes more often. Whether you're new to biking or a frequent rider, come share your thoughts about biking in the area and see how you can get involved. Whether it's testing out a new online bike map, representing the Keweenaw in the National Bike Challenge, or joining BIKE! Beverages will be provided.
Back by popular demand, this Saturday’s Houghton Art and Music Festival will feature a children’s bike decorating booth and bike parade. Bike decorating, with art supplies and help provided by Bike Initiative Keweenaw (also known as BIKE!), will take place from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., with a bike parade around the art festival at 1:45 to 2:00. There is no cost to participate. Children must wear a bike helmet to ride in the parade. Visit the BIKE! tent on the west side of the festival grounds on the Houghton parking deck behind 5th & Elm restaurant. BIKE! reminds drivers to watch for cyclists and pedestrians, and cyclists to follow traffic laws, and asks drivers and cyclists to share the road.