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Ypsilanti celebrates Bike-Bus-Walk Week

This week was Bike-Bus-Walk Week in the Washtenaw County area. Residents were encouraged to either take the bus, hop on their bicycles or walk to their destinations from May 12 to May 18 in order to promote alternative types of transportation. Several events were also planned in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in order to encourage bicycle and pedestrian safety.

On Wednesday, a silent bike ride was scheduled to start off near the Ypsilanti Recreation Park in order to recognize cyclists who have been killed or injured in bicycle accidents. The event was also designed to call awareness to the fact that bicyclists do have a right to ride in the streets.

It was very important that during this week alternative transportation was encouraged hand-in-hand with bicycle and pedestrian safety. As we see all too often, car vs. bicycle or pedestrian accidents can often result in serious if not fatal injuries.

In 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, 1,895 motor vehicle accidents in Michigan involved bicycles. Twenty-four bicyclists were killed and 1,479 were injured. Nationwide, about 700 cyclists are killed every year while riding.

Hopefully, during Bike-Bus-Walk Week, people became not only more aware of various types of transportation, but also about how to drive safely around pedestrians, cyclists and buses. It is important that motor vehicle drivers look for pedestrians and cyclists and give them their space and follow traffic rules. This is important to remember especially as the weather gets nicer and more and more people are out walking around or riding bicycles.

Source: AnnArbor.com, "Ypsilanti's Bike-Bus-Walk Week to encourage alternative transportation," Katrease Stafford, May 13, 2013

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