This week really marked a change in weather for Traverse City and people are starting to believe that Summer might actually be here. It seems like Spring may be sort of a myth here as they’ve had continuing cold weather up until very recently and supposedly it snowed on Mother’s Day. But, there is hope, and the nice weather seems to be more or less permanent. In Traverse City this means that it’s time to take advantage of the bike trails, which I’ve been doing all week and exploring Boardman Lake, the Boardman River, and the Leelanau Trail, which sort of follows the line of the bay in order to reach the waterfront town of Suttons Bay (one of my goal destinations for the summer).
People eagerly await weather that allows them to swim in the bay and although there are small crowds venturing onto the sand, it seems as though the only ones choosing to get in the water are fearless little kids. I put my feet in and that was quite enough for now.
My current bike above is the company bike at MLUI, but my hope is to find a new one that’s more conducive to some adventurous rides (like the 17 miles to Suttons Bay) at the bike swap that’s happening tomorrow morning in Traverse City. This event is the launching event for Smart Commute Week, which is taking place through next Friday, organized by TART Trails (the ones who manage the system of trails around TC). The purpose of the week is to have people be “Smart Commuters” who choose to walk, bike, carpool, or take the bus in order to get to work. The week includes many events such as a contest between local businesses for who can have the highest percentage of “Smart Commuters” (MLUI is striving for 100% every day), free breakfasts every morning at local businesses for commuters, and a Transportation Summit that MLUI is hosting, featuring a “transportation guru” (Jeffrey Tumlin), Mary Sell, an organizer in the GetDowntown movement in Ann Arbor, and leaders of many transportation agencies currently in Traverse City.
On top of all of that, next week is also School Garden Week, which is a culmination project of two Food Corps (under AmeriCorps) interns who have been working at MLUI and coordinating school garden projects around the greater Traverse area, alongside other programs such as local foods projects and nutrition education within the schools. I’ll be attending a few of the events throughout the week and am hoping to produce my first article for MLUI surrounding this exciting event.
In the meantime (in case you want more reading), you can visit the link to my intro post at MLUI: www.mlui.org/food-farming/news-views/news-views-articles/introducing-mlui-intern-zoe-mcalear.html#.Ualjp2RoQSE
I think that’s all for now. I’m looking forward to a weekend full of new bikes, farmer’s markets, more trails, and school gardens, and hopefully a coming week with lots of new projects.