Michigan Land Use Institute

Thriving Communities / News & Views / ‘Bike-n-ride’ Bus Service to Suttons Bay Kicks Off Today

‘Bike-n-ride’ Bus Service to Suttons Bay Kicks Off Today

Service lets you bike one way, and ride the bus home

Choices | July 1, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Recent Posts

Like Food, Local Music Can Grow Economy

Thriving Communities | April 30, 2015 | By Hans Voss

Traverse City has shown that anything is possible. The arts are a growing and important part of our local culture and economy. Now it’s time to ramp up the local music scene to a level that meets the high standards of our terrific town ....

MLUI Supports Proposal 1

Transportation | April 17, 2015 | By James Bruckbauer

Michigan’s roads and bridges are in desperate need of repair, yet the funding structure for transportation is broken. The measure on the ballot this May 5 attempts to remedy that. While Proposal 1 is not a perfect fix, the Michigan Land Use Institute firmly believes that the positive changes it would have for our infrastructure far outweigh the negatives. ...

MLUI takes first place in crowdfunding competition

A2TC | March 26, 2015 | By MLUI

The work to bring passenger rail to Traverse City is off to a good start thanks to a quick crowdfunding effort that raised almost $19,000 in ten days. This month, the Michigan Land Use Institute took first place in the Patagonia and Moosejaw “$10,000 Charity Thing,” an annual crowdfunding competition among ten causes nationwide, and took home an additional $5,000 prize for a total of $18,650....

Northern Michigan’s robust trail network brings with it one challenge: So many bikes, but not enough space on the bus when you need a lift.

So today, and just in time for July Fourth weekend, the Bay Area Transportation Authority launched its new Bike-n-Ride service, which will accommodate more bikes on its fixed-route buses between Traverse City and Suttons Bay.

The service allows cyclists to bike on the popular 15-mile stretch of the Leelanau Trail between Traverse City and Suttons Bay, then return by bus with plenty of room for their bike.

Riders will be charged $3.00 per person for each ride.

The new service, which will run every other hour, is expected to be a big hit among commuters, tourists, and casual cyclists. It’s BATA’s response to a growing market of active individuals and families that enjoy northern Michigan’s recreation trails, scenic beauty, and exciting small towns.

“After paving the Leelanau Trail in 2012, we saw an explosion of cyclists and pedestrians taking advantage of the trail system,” Julie Clark, TART Trails Executive Director said in a press release. “We know from the growing use of our trail system that the need to accommodate these groups of people is there.”

The service uses existing buses that run on regularly scheduled “fixed” routes.

For more details, including service schedule, check out the Bike-n-ride web page.

We'll give it a test ride and review in the next couple weeks.

James Bruckbauer is the Michigan Land Use Institute’s transportation policy specialist. Follow him on Twitter at @jimbruckb. Reach him at james@mlui.org.


No Comments

Search Archives

Michigan Land Use Institute

148 E. Front Street, Suite 301
Traverse City, MI 49684-5725
p (231) 941-6584 
e comments@mlui.org