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Smart Commute Week Expands to the Weekend


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Smart Commute Week Expands to the Weekend

~ by Lee Maynard

In Athens, Georgia, my hometown and Texas A&M University, where I went to college, every fall extremely highly valued, highly used and even privately owned parking spaces are flipped for people to use. Parking lots, city-wide and across campus, are transformed overnight into makeshift temporary picnic areas creating a sea of pedestrian friendly parties revolving around alcohol consumption (they are college towns), corn hole games and cook outs in celebration of SEC or Big 12 football- a mainstay cultural obsession of these communities.

The author and friend Lindsey enjoying a Foore Family Tailgate

Since living in Traverse City I’ve swapped tailgating for trekking and I enjoy spending Saturdays celebrating our region’s beautiful natural resources. As the Program Director of TART Trails, I’m interested in utilizing Traverse City’s wonderful public spaces for fun public events.

An example of this is this year’s celebration of Smart Commute Week. Working in partnership with the DDA, it’d be cool to use the ground floor of the Old Town Parking Garage on Saturday, June 11 for a bike swap event. The space will be used to host a bike swap catering to all ages and riding abilities in hopes to get more people peddling around this summer. Proceeds of the bike swap benefit TART’s Recycle A Bicycle program that provides refurbished bikes to economically disadvantaged community members.

What do you think?

The DDA Board and TART next meet to discuss this exciting new multi-use of public space at the DDA meeting on March 18th. We warmly welcome your support and we are excited for these fun new festivities celebrating this year’s Smart Commute Week!

If you’re interested in sponsoring, volunteering or being more engaged with Smart Commute Week please contact Lee at lee@traversetrails.org

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EDITOR’S NOTE: I forgot to ask Lee, but what do we call tailgating with bikes? Tail-wheeling?

  1. March 10, 2011 at 8:14 am

    That Bike Swap is a great idea, especially doing it in a space typically reserved for cars!

  2. lcm
    March 10, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Thanks for the feedback Andy!

  3. Hans Voss
    March 10, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I love it Lee. Just what TC needs.
    How bout some races up and down the ramps?

  4. lcm
    March 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Thanks Hans, ramp races- that’s awesome! Imagine the speed you could get coming back down..!

  5. JohnRobertWilliams
    March 10, 2011 at 9:45 am

    This is a great start! But why just once a year? A “Biker’s Market”, like the Farmer’s Market, in a known, consistant place, weekly, would assist the culture and make cycling more “normal” and accessible to more people…kids are always outgrowing bikes…folks are hanging on to unused equipment, stuffed in storage, instead of being used. “One Man’s trash is another’s treasure”, it’s said. This would bring more community members together and be a social event like the Farmer’s Market. Do it at the Farmer’s Market area every Sunday.

  6. lcm
    March 10, 2011 at 9:51 am

    What a cool idea JRR!! To start small there could be a bike swap stand integrated into the current weekly farmer’s market.. What was Fred Kent’s market selling rule “if you make it, bake it, play it.. you can sell it” refurbished bikes are made and are meant for play🙂

  7. lcm
    March 10, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Oops, meant to type JRW🙂

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