2012 EcoRide attracts nearly 200 participants

More than 150 riders, as well as nearly 50 other volunteers and supporters, enjoyed mostly sunny weather for the 2012 EcoRide, 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.

This year's tour returned to some historic roots, including a start near downtown, at Riverside Park, and also featured stops at sites that promote local environmental accomplishments like greenbelt preservation, healthy local food, recycling, sustainable transportation and climate action in our community.

During the ride, Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje and Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schrieber met up where the cities connect on the Border-to-Border trail, one of the most exciting developments in alternative transportation in our region in decades. Other tour stops included the Washtenaw Food Hub, Tilian Farms, Leslie Science and Nature Center and other sites across Washtenaw and into Livingston County.

"One of our goals was 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.

"EcoRide brought together multiple individuals, volunteers, business leaders, non-profit organizations, community leaders and civic organizations throughout Washtenaw County who together represent many community stakeholders all working towards a vision for our sustainable future."

EcoRide also "rides-the-ride," reflecting the organization's commitment to reducing waste, according to a report from Recycle Ann Arbor. The report said 92 percent of the materials generated by the ride were recycled or composted, saving 122 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

EcoLink — July 2012
An online publication of the Ecology Center

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