Stop at one of these rest stops while biking or walking to grab refreshments and local biking information! Each station will be open from 7-9 a.m. and from 4-6 p.m. on Bike to Work Day.
Keweenaw Bike to Work Day Set for May 28
Local cyclists will take to the streets Thursday, May 28 to celebrate the seventh annual Keweenaw Bike to Work Day. The event, coordinated by Bike Initiative Keweenaw (BIKE!), a local bike-advocacy group, aims to raise awareness of bicycle commuting as a transportation alternative, bike safety, and the importance of sharing the road.
Bike commuters, and other non-motorized travelers including pedestrians, are invited to visit one or more of eight rest stops in Houghton, Hancock, Calumet, Lake Linden and South Range on their way to or from work or school. Volunteers at each station will offer free refreshments, bike safety booklets and giveaway items, advice on bike commuting routes and gear, and, in some cases, even simple bike fixes like topping off tire pressures and checking brakes.
Six stops will operate from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., at the following locations:
- In Houghton, on the Waterfront Trail east of the lift bridge, and near the Michigan Tech Outdoor Adventure Program building on Townsend Drive,
- In Hancock at McGann’s Building Supply parking lot,
- In Calumet on Highway 41 near the CLK School in the morning and at Cross Country Sports on Oak Street in the afternoon,
- In Lake Linden at the Lake Linden Park gazebo,
- And in South Range at the BP station.
Two additional stops, on Campus Drive in Hancock near UP Health System-Portage, and at the corner of Sharon Avenue and Portage Street in Houghton, will be staffed during the peak hour of 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Bike to Work Day co-coordinator Curt Webb said the event has grown by adding one new site per year and enjoys great community support.
“This year’s new stop is at the MTU Credit Union on Sharon Avenue,” Webb said. “The Houghton Middle School Builders Club, a youth service organization, is sponsoring it.”
Webb said that rain or shine, the event will be a success if it reminds people to operate both bikes and motor vehicles safely.
“Cyclists need to obey traffic laws and wear bright clothes so they are visible to motorists,” Webb said, “and drivers should watch for cyclists and pedestrians along the roadway and at intersections.”
There is no fee to participate and no registration required.