The Return of EcoRide! June 24 tour will feature stops at 'green' sites around the community

EcoRide, one of the earliest events organized by the Ecology Center after its founding in 1971 and one of the first bicycling events in our region, is returning this year after a two-year break.

Ecoride posterAnd while the tour is returning to its historic roots, including a city start, it will also feature some new wrinkles including stops at sites that promote local environmental accomplishments like greenbelt preservation, healthy local food, recycling, sustainable transportation and climate action in our own community.

The June 24 tour will begin and end at Ann Arbor’s Riverside Park, which is on the Huron River and also on the Border-to-Border trail, one of the most exciting developments in alternative transportation in our region in decades. The location offers safe and easy access to all of our routes, and provides a beautiful setting to enjoy the food, music, and festivities after the ride.

There will be an easy route for kids, making this a family-friendly affair, as well as some challenging countryside routes for the bicycle warriors out there.

"One of our goals is to give people a better idea and some visible examples of the most exciting ‘green’ projects in the region, and to raise funds to help us continue that work in the future," according to Ecology Center events coordinator Ken Kozora, who has been working on details for months.

Folks who can't participate in the ride can become involved as a volunteer, donor or sponsor by contacting Kozora at 734-369-9279 or by e-mail at

EcoLink — March 2012 Ecolink
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