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The veggie-dogs were on the grill by the time the bikers started coming back from their spring ride Sunday.
It was another perfect sunny day for Bike Ypsi’s yearly event held at Recreation Park. More than 100 people came for the festival, which included a 33-mile ride, a 13-mile loop and a neighborhood ramble/scavenger hunt.
“I had a lot of fun riding,” 11 year-old Isabel Paul said. “Just riding my bike with my family is a lot of fun for me.”
Local bike shops Ypsilanti Cycle and Tree Fort Bikes were also on-hand to answer any questions bikers may have, hand out water bottles and give tune-ups to bikes.
Kristen Cuhran, an organizer for Bike Ypsi, said the group was started in 2007 when police posted signs stating bicyclists could only ride on the street. She said what started out being an educational group informing riders of bike safety on the roads quickly turned into the group it is today.
“We decided ‘hey lets have a bicycle ride since we’re all bicyclist’ and that became the fall ride and from there we were such a good group of community volunteers we said 'lets have a spring ride, ’ ” Cuhran said.
This season Bike Ypsi will have bike to work days, a heavy metal contest, where bikers compete to pick up the most metal on the street that could be dangerous to bikes and bikers, as well as leisurely rides around town, Metropark rides and a fall ride.
“We are kind of branching out and doing different things but again its all volunteer,” Cuhran said. It’s a great group."