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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

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Bike-friendly considerations continue at Heritage Festival

By Jim Cavanaugh
Aug. 17, 2009    ·    11:00 a.m.


If parking at the Heritage Festival is difficult, consider strapping on a helmet and jumping on a bicycle. 

The Heritage Festival has several events planned for those choosing pedal-power to make their way to Riverside Park. 

For the last four years, Heritage Fest has had a bike valet service at the corner of Cross and Huron streets and this year is no different. Bicyclists need not even bring their locks on Saturday or Sunday, as the bikes will be guarded by volunteers from Bike Ypsi, the Ypsilanti Health Coalition and other organizations.  

“It’s a great service,” said Bob Krzewinski, of Bike Ypsi. “People come back for it every year.” 

Cathy Bennett, co-coordinator of the Heritage Festival, was pleased the bike valet service will be returning. 

“That’s always huge,” Bennett said of the service. “Every year it gets bigger and bigger.”    

Bike racks will also be setup Friday, but the valets will not be available and riders will have to bring their own locks. 

In addition to providing valet service for bicyclists, volunteers and experts will be leading safety discussions at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. These discussions will go over things like basic safety checks for bicyclists and how to make sure a bike is properly fitted and adjusted for a rider. 

The discussions will also move onto more mechanical aspects of operating a bicycle. For instance, volunteers plan to give demonstrations on how to change a bike tire. 

“That’s the biggest thing anybody would run into,” Krzewinski said. 

With all the discussion of bicycles, there will also be an opportunity for riders to take theirs out for a spin. The public is invited to a group ride planned for Saturday during the Heritage Garden Tour and another planned for Sunday during the Historic Homes Tour.  

Bicycles will also make an appearance in Saturday’s Heritage Parade. Children are invited to decorate their bikes and ride them in the parade for the bike decorating contest. Prizes will be given to the best decorated bikes. 

If you find yourself without a bike and jealous of all those around you who have one, worry not. Ypsilanti Cycle will be under the bike tent from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, with displays of some of the bikes for sale at their location on Michigan Avenue. 

Volunteers will also be passing out information about bicycling in Ypsilanti and providing light repairs for those who may need them. 

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