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City embarks on 26-mile expansion of its urban bike network

City embarks on 26-mile expansion of its urban bike network

City staff has announced a concerted effort to expand Grand Rapids’ urban bike network by 26 miles over the next 9 months. This aggressive bike facility expansion project is due to citizen demand for more bike-friendly streets. Work will be completed in two phases; the first phase will begin later this week and include approximately 16 miles of new bike facilities. The second phase will include another 10 miles to be implemented in the spring. Additional resources to expedite expansion of the network are currently being sought to leverage the funds appropriated in the FY2013 Fiscal Plan for this effort.

28th Street is ready for the Metro Cruise

28th Street is ready for the Metro Cruise

Rev up your engines, the annual 28th Street Metro Cruise is here.  There will be 15 miles of cool vintage cars and trucks along the famous street on Friday and Saturday.  There are so many fun activities that you should check out the Metro Cruise web site.  You will find information about the Sock Hop Dance, Pinup Girl Contest, Dyno Challenge, Swap Meet, Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall, and so much more. 

Be sure to check out the Car-Toon Truck, which features more than 2800 hours of brush and airbrush art on a 1928 Ford Model AR Roadster pick-up.  The truck portrays a historical documentary on comics from 1986 to today.  It’s located in the Roger’s Plaza lot on August 24 and in Marge’s lot on August 25.

Businesses in Grandville, Wyoming, Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Cascade are participating in this year’s cruise.  For more information about the Metro Cruise:  http://www.

What do You Want Your Streets to say About Your Community?

What do You Want Your Streets to say About Your Community?

News Release:

The Sustainable Streets Task Force is asking City residents and business owners to help in setting a vision for the future of the community’s streets. Public meetings have been scheduled to gather input.

All meetings will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Public Involvement for the Michigan Street Corridor Plan is Heating Up this Summer

Public Involvement for the Michigan Street Corridor Plan is Heating Up this Summer

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Two public forums for the Michigan Street Corridor Plan have been announced for this summer on Monday, June 11th and Monday, June 18th.

Everyone is encouraged to attend both Monday forums and participate in hands-on activities that will let planners know community priorities. The first forum of the series, focused on "Discovery and Discussion," will determine the overall design philosophy that should be applied to future land use scenarios. Then, the following week at the second public forum, the community will be able to review "Details and Design" to see if land use maps and transportation ideas match up with what they would like to see. Each forum will have two identical sessions in order to accommodate the greatest number of people.

Discovery and Discussion Forum

Rapid Blog: The 21st Century City

Rapid Blog: The 21st Century City

Mark F. Miller AIA

Mark F. Miller is an architect and urban designer at Nederveld, the former chairman of the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission and a past president of the Grand Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects. As a committed urbanist, he enjoys walking to work from his home in Heritage Hill to his office downtown.   

In many of former President Ronald Reagan’s speeches, the theme of America as a “shining city on a hill” remained a constant. In his farewell address to the nation, Reagan described this place as “a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans” with “ports that hummed with commerce and creativity”. His vision of America as a city that showed boundless promise was a compelling rallying cry of solidarity and optimism.
 

Complete Streets

Complete Streets

by K.G. Wassus

“Struck by vehicle” should have no place in an obituary, but from 2001-2009, it found its way into 1,468 death notices, and cost Michigan $6.31 billion. In Michigan, non-motorized pedestrian safety has been a struggle. Our state now ranks 19th nationally on the Pedestrian Danger Index, making Michigan’s informal title, “America’s High Five,” seem like somewhat of a misnomer. But how has Michigan sunk so low?
 
Unsafe street and road design play a big role in pedestrian deaths, experts say.
 
Imagine a Michigan road system where the right to walk is afforded the same respect as the right to drive, where riding a bike doesn’t mean risking imminent death, and where a handicapped person can use public transit without having to strong-arm a wheelchair up a curb. The Michigan Complete Streets Coalition seeks to make that vision a reality.
 
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Road construction meeting Tuesday

Road construction meeting Tuesday

From the East Hills Council of Neighbors:

Road construction meeting for James, Henry, Union, and Evans this Tuesday 4/10/2012, 6:30pm @ Martin Luther King Park Elementary School cafeteria.
 
The upcoming ROAD CONSTRUCTION on James, Henry, Union and Evans will affect YOU!
 
Construction is planned for April - October 2012.