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Active Commute Week - May 12-16, 2014

Posted by: 
Joyce Lee, FAIA, LEED AP
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

May 12-16, 2014, marks Grand Rapids Active Commute Week in honor of National Bike to Work Week. 

Active transportation includes walking, running, bicycling, taking the bus, and carpooling.   Urban Design promoting pedestrian friendliness and traffic safety is good for business.  AIA Grand Rapids encourages its member firms to participate and visit the website:  http://acwgr.org/

"I live up in Rockford and work downtown Grand Rapids.  I plan to ride my bike that week to and from work taking the White Pine Trail to downtown.  There is nothing more refreshing than riding down the White Pine parallel to 131 and seeing the backup of cars on one side, the sun rising and the Grand River on the other, all while knowing that I am getting a good workout while helping the environment.  The fact that there are incentives and prize giveaways makes it even more enticing during that week."

                    Mike Belisle, President Elect, AIA Grand Rapids

 

The quantity of bicycle lanes is increasing in Grand Rapids and so is the number of cyclists.  The quality of bicycle lanes is what we can embrace – design matters.  Safety can translate to design measures ranging from protected bike lanes, marked buffer zones, curb extensions, medians, raised speed reducers, and good lighting.  These strategies, if executed well, would mean fewer accidents. 

Bicycle infrastructures inside and outside buildings add much to a bike friendly community.  Well-designed bicycle racks create interesting street furniture and also enhance pedestrian flow.  Adding secure bicycle storage gives everyone peace of mind.  Creating bicycle share programs increases access and provides transportation choices for the community.

“In designing our downtown office, it was important to consider alternate forms of transportation. Our biking program has been a great way to provide healthy, environmentally friendly, and convenient transportation around town. Our neighborhood’s bikeability score is 88 out of 100 as determined by walkscore.com, which speaks to Grand Rapids’ commitment to creating a bike-friendly town. Our bike program also helps contribute to our anticipated LEED Gold certification.”

                    Jen Boezwinkle, Vice President of Business Development at Rockford Construction

 

Rather than burning fossil fuel, please consider trying a newer, healthier way of commuting this May.

For additional reference, visit Complete Streets Advisory Council at the Michigan DOT

and Buildings with Innovative Bike Storage.

       

 

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