HWPI at the Pumpkinvine Bike Ride

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail Cookie Stop

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail Cookie Stop

Three HWPI Board Members and eleven of their friends traveled to Goshen, Indiana last weekend to participate in the 17th Annual Pumpkinvine Nature Trail ride. We had perfect weather for this excellent event, and experienced wonderful hospitality, great food, and beautiful farmland.

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail Cookie Stand

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail Cookie Stand

Only a 2-1/2 hour drive from Washtenaw County, we would encourage everyone to experience the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and to sign up for next year’s event. Sign up early so you can get in on the Friday night dinner ride, and have an amazing family-style Amish meal!

Find out more about this great trail and organization at the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail website.

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HWPI at Chelsea Heart & Sole 2016

Great day at the 2016 Chelsea Heart & Sole! It was HWPI’s first public event of the season, and the response we received was enthusiastic and positive! Our folks talked to over 100 people who expressed interest and support in our trail development efforts.

Check out our Events Page and come visit with us this summer!

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Bank of Ann Arbor Is Our Latest Mile Post Sponsor

We welcome Bank of Ann Arbor as our latest Milepost Sponsor! Their generous commitment of $15000 in support of HWPI’s trail development efforts is greatly appreciated!

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Bank of Ann Arbor is a locally owned and operated bank with total assets and assets under management of over $2.2 billion, serving people and businesses in Southeast Michigan with offices at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Ann Arbor, in the Traver Village Shopping Center, at the corner of Stadium and Liberty streets, on West Ellsworth Road in Pittsfield Township, on West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti, in Plymouth on Ann Arbor Road and on East Michigan Avenue in downtown Saline. Our mission is helping our communities thrive through our time, effort, financial resources, and making our customers our top priority. UniFi Equipment Finance, the banks newest acquisition headquartered in Ann Arbor, is a well-established company with a national presence in the small ticket vendor space. UniFi has funded more than 89,000 transactions, totaling over $1.2 billion. www.boaa.comwww.unifiedge.com Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and LinkedIn.

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MDOT Makes Conditional Commitment to Help Build “The Loop” Trail System

HWPI TAP Media Release May 16 2016Click here read the entire press release.

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May Is National Bike Month

2016_national_bike_month_guideMay is National Bike Month! Check out this guide from the League of American Bicyclists for info and ideas on promoting Bike Month, key steps for planning successful events, and making the economic case for the benefits of bicycling.

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HWP Logo Merchandise on Zazzle

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Enjoy custom-printed performance tees, mugs, water bottles, and more, and help us get the word out about HWPI’s efforts to promote and build new non-motorized trail segments as part of the Border-to-Border Trail project. You will be able to select sizes, colors, and other options to customize items before you place your order, which will be shipped directly to you. On some items, you can even select a different product to have the design printed on. Exercise your artistic side, and have HWP Logo Merchandise your way!

Ten percent of each sale goes directly to help fund HWPI’s efforts, and you’ll be helping us to raise public awareness, too.

Click the image above to go directly to the HWP Store on Zazzle, or check out our new Shop page for tips on buying HWP Logo Merchandise and how to save some money, too!

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Calling All Volunteers …

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… to spread the word about the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI). We’re hosting table displays at several 2016 local events. If you’re interested in talking to your neighbors about developing new non-motorized trails connecting Chelsea, Dexter, and Stockbridge, please follow this link to sign up with us through VolunteerSpot:

https://www.volunteerspot.com/group/186478280067

Training sessions will be offered at various times prior to any tabling events. Community volunteers will be paired with an HWPI board member at each of these events.

We need volunteers to assist at:

  • Heart and Sole Race, May 21
  • Sounds and Sights, beginning June 9
  • Helluva Ride, July 9
  • Summer Fest, July 28-29
  • Dexter Daze, August 12-13
  • Chelsea Fair, August 24-28
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Waterloo Grit & Gravel – Call for Volunteers on March 19th

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Epic Races and our friends at the Michigan DNR are kicking off the cycling season on March 19th with the inaugural Waterloo Grit & Gravel bike race in the Waterloo State Recreation Area. HWPI has been asked to help put out the call for volunteers to help with this exciting event.

Volunteers can sign up at:
https://epicraces.wufoo.com/forms/z1srt0ex0s9v6s2/

Learn more and register to participate at:
http://epicraces.com/event/waterloo-grit-grind-and-gravel/

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Great News from the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI)

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Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) has officially adopted HWPI and the primary trail routes of The Loop as part of the Border-to-Border (B2B) Trail. Spearheaded by WCPARC, B2B represents a 10-year effort to link the open spaces of the Huron River Greenway with Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and other communities by way of a multi-use, non-motorized pathway.

With the addition of The Loop, planned routes connecting Dexter, Chelsea and Stockbridge will continue B2B to the western border of Washtenaw County. This expansion will extend B2B to over 50 miles, and will provide a direct link to the state’s Iron Belle Trail System by connecting with the Lakelands State Trail in Stockbridge.

By combining forces with the WCPARC, HWPI enhances our opportunity to help create a highly attractive regional trail system that links our communities, businesses, and residents.

Visit the Border-to-Border Trail pages on eWashtenaw.gov to learn more about the countywide trail development project.

Watch for more details as our trail development work progresses!

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WCPARC Wants Your Input

The Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission (WCPARC) wants your feedback on the Border-to-Border Trail project. Please attend one of their upcoming public input sessions and contribute your thoughts on the best trail route between Dexter and Ann Arbor.

Visit this WCPARC post on Facebook for details on the public input sessions, and please remember to “like” their page while you’re there!

Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative will announce an exciting and important development in the next few days, so stay tuned!

Border-to-Border Trail Near Dexter

Border-to-Border Trail Near Dexter

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