EcoRide will showcase some of the most exciting green projects in the region

June 24 tour a return to the roots for the Ecology Center

Cyclists all over the region have been pumping tires, lubricating chains, testing brakes and signing up teams for this year's EcoRide, scheduled for June 24. EcoRide has been a regional tradition for decades, one of the first events organized by the Ecology Center after its founding in 1971 and one of the first large bicycle tours in our region.

Ecoride posterThis year's tour is returning to some historic roots, including a city start, and 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," according to Ecology Center events coordinator Ken Kozora.

"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," Kozora said. 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 ken@ecocenter.org.

EcoLink — May 2012 Ecolink
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