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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Bike Ypsi kicks off season with spring ride

Photo by Christine Laughren

Kristen Cuhran, an organizer for Bike Ypsi, talks about this year's spring ride and festival. More than 100 people filtered through Recreation Park for the event.
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Group shares big plans for riding season

By Christine Laughren
May. 4, 2009    ·    10:22 a.m.

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."

Citizen Information
To learn more about Bike Ypsi rides this season visit www.bike.ypsi.org. Information can also be found on our calendar page.

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