Posts Tagged ‘Ferndale’

Ferndale Green Week: Sunday is Bicycle Day

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Ferndale is hosting the 3rd annual Green Week starting tomorrow, April 16th.

And Sunday the 17th  is dubbed Bicycle Day and includes a group ride.

The Sierra Club Green Cruise presents – Spring Bicycle Ride – starts @ 10am at the Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop (163 W. 9 Mile Rd., 48220)

  • Distance – 20 miles at easy to moderate pace
  • 16 yrs. old and older
  • Helmets required
  • SAG vehicle supplied by The Night Move bio-fueled bus
  • Free bicycle check-ups at the Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop – 10am – 2pm
  • Free massages by Greenleaf Bodyworks at the Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop – 4.17 – 10am – 2pm
  • Western Market will provide free bananas

The route has been posted on Bikely.

Green Week wraps up on Friday, April 22nd with an Earth Day Celebration Party at The Loving Touch starting at 7pm. The party includes a special Sierra Club and Beer gathering, roller races, and more.

Ferndale’s Complete Streets in the news

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

C and G News published an article on Ferndale’s passing of a Complete Streets ordinance.

In it, Mayor  Covey (and soon to be county commissioner) astutely noted that Ferndale has already had great success with Complete Streets, citing the W. Nine Mile road diet — a key turning point in revitalizing Downtown Ferndale.

Another key benefit to the ordinance?

Councilwoman Kate Baker pointed out that having a Complete Streets policy in place will also help to get the Police Department, the Department of Public Works, the Community Development Services Department, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Plan Commission on the same page.

That’s an interesting point. In many cities now, there is no such formal departmental coordination on road projects. We recently spoke with another city’s planning commission chair. They pushed their city engineering to let their commission review and comment on the road designs before they’re finalized.

In Detroit there been a discussion on what the health department’s role is in transportation decisions. We know that road designs affect whether people can safely bike or walk. We know that these decisions affect obesity.

And, road injuries and fatalities are a health issue. New York City Mayor Bloomberg noted the increase in life expectancy for his city residents just from reduced pedestrian and cycling deaths.

One final word: Thanks to the city of Ferndale for the beautifully re-paved bikes lanes on Hilton north of Nine Mile. They’re so smooth!

Ferndale Police nab suspected bike thief

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

The Free Press is reporting that the Ferndale Police Department arrested a suspected bike thief:

David Vincent McArthur, 36, a Ferndale resident, is to be arraigned on a four-year felony — larceny from a building; in this case, a garage — as well as on two counts of simple larceny, in the thefts of three bicycles within the span of about an hour, police said.

“Community policing is something that’s always been this department’s philosophy. We try to be in touch with what’s going on in the neighborhoods,” Lt. William Wilson said.

“So, we think going after a bike thief is just as important as nailing a bank robber, in terms of our residents’ feeling of security in their homes,” Wilson said.

The Daily Tribune also covered the story, adding:

“We suspect he has a drug habit and was stealing the bikes to trade them for small amounts of drugs,” said Ferndale police Lt. William Wilson.

Police report that 10 bicycles have been stolen in the city this month.

The man also is suspected of stealing bikes in Pleasant Ridge and Hazel Park.

Thanks to the Ferndale Police for taking bike theft seriously.

It’s also great to see that Ferndale has Police Mountain Bike officers on patrol. There’s perhaps no better way for police to understand traffic issues facing cyclists than by having officers experience them first-hand.

Ferndale adopts Complete Streets ordinance

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Last night, city councilwoman Melanie Piana’s tweeted, “Tonight, Ferndale city council unanimously adopted a Complete Streets ordinance.”

Congratulations, Ferndale!

They join Berkley and Novi as the three Oakland County communities with Complete Streets ordinances or resolutions.

Ferndale Complete Streets and Bicycle Commuting 101

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Another exciting bicycling event in Ferndale:



Douglas Christie
Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission – Chair

Ferndale Complete Streets and Bicycle Commuting 101

Please join avid bicyclist and Ferndale City Council Member, Melanie Piana when she speaks about what the State & National Complete Streets Coalition is, and how the City of Ferndale is looking to become a leader in building roadways that move people not just automobiles. Plus Continental Bike Shop will be doing a “bicycle commuting 101” workshop…and afterwards feel free to join us on a mini bicycle commute around Ferndale!

The Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission’s Green Tuesday seminars are aimed at providing Ferndale residents with the information they need to become even better stewards of the environment. The seminars will be held the second Tuesday of the month at the Kulick Community Center in Ferndale (1201 Livernois St.) from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The seminars are FREE and open to the public (you need not be a Ferndale resident to attend).

WHAT: Ferndale Green Tuesday Seminar: Ferndale Complete Streets and Bicycle Commuting 101

WHO: Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission, Continental Bike Shop and guest speaker – Ferndale City Council Member Melanie Piana

WHEN: Tuesday, August 10th from 6:30pm-8:00pm + bicycle ride to immediately follow – a light and helmet is required

WHERE: Kulick Community Center, 1201 Livernois St., Ferndale, MI