Request a Bike Light Set or Reflective Vest

Published: Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:28 AM

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The getDowntown Program recently received a shipment of bike lights and reflective vests.  Check out the picture above. Thanks again to the Ann Arbor DDA for providing the funds to make this purchase!

We care about your safety, so we are making these lights and vests available to downtown Ann Arbor employees (not UM-affiliated) for free.

We are particularly interested in getting them in the hands of employees who might not have the funds to purchase anything for themselves.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Lights and Reflective Gear for Your Alternative Commuter

Published: Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:32 AM

Picture this: You are racking your brains for the perfect gift for your loved one this holiday season.

Now picture this: Your loved one bikes, walks or buses to work in the dark without lights or reflective gear.

Problem solved!

Give your loved one the gift of visibility with some lights or reflective gear for their alternative commute.

No matter if they bike, bus or walk, a little bling goes a long way.

Here are some great light up gift items to consider: 

We Can all Make Cycling to Work Safer

Published: Mon, 12/14/2015 - 11:36 AM

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As bike commuters ourselves, we here at getDowntown have been especially saddened by the recent cycling deaths in Ann Arbor. 

Particularly because we are here to encourage people to walk, bike and bus. 

We've spent a lot of time thinking about what can be done to make the roads safer. Here's some of the ideas we've come up with that you can implement today:

Ann Arbor is One of the Top Cities for Bike Commuting! Here’s why...

Published: Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:56 AM

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Ann Arbor is One of the Top Cities for Bike Commuting! Here's why . . .

Check this out!

According to the 2014 American Community Survey, Ann Arbor ranks #13 out of the Top 20 cities with the highest share of bicyclists.

This was reported by the League of American Bicyclists here.

At 5% commute by bike, we beat our Minneapolis, San Francisco, Washington DC, Seattle and several others when we comes to total number who bike commute by population.

New to Downtown Ann Arbor? Check out our Commuting Guides!

Published: Wed, 09/16/2015 - 11:58 AM

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New to Downtown Ann Arbor? Congrats on starting your new job!

Ann Arbor DDA and getDowntown Launch 2nd Bike House

Published: Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:00 PM

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Ann Arbor DDA and getDowntown Launch 2nd Bike House at Ann Ashley Parking Structure

Ribbon Cutting Planned for August 27th

Strong demand from companies such as Duo Security, Deepfield and Mighty Good Coffee prompted the DDA and the getDowntown Program to launch a second Bike House in downtown Ann Arbor at the Ann Ashley Parking Structure. The Ann Ashley Bike House is located in the Ann Ashley Parking Structure directly in front of the parking office.

3 reasons you don’t need a car if you live/work in downtown Ann Arbor

Published: Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:04 PM

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Are you one of the thousands of residents who live in or near downtown Ann Arbor?

Got a job close to downtown, too?

We'll I've got great news for you.

You just got an extra $8,000 in your pocket.


That's because if you live and work in or near downtown Ann Arbor you can get by without a car.

Here's why

Winter Bike Commuting Made Easy

Published: Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:54 PM

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Feeling a bit like a deer in the headlights about your winter bike commute?  Year 'round bike commuter Nathan Phipps shares his tips to make it easy to turn your fall commute into a winter one:

1. Get things together the night before. It will be your commitment to your alternative commute, and it will make you more likely to follow through the next day.

2. Find a commuting buddy. If you're cycling to work for the first time, as a more experienced friend or coworker to do it with you for the first day or week.

Basic Tips for Winter Bike Maintenance from Great Lakes Cycling and Fitness

Published: Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:27 PM

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As part of Conquer the Cold, local bike shop Great Lakes Cycling and Fitness will be conducting a winter bike commuting clinic this Saturday, November 15th. Here GLCF staff member Doug he gives us a taste of his wisdom.

Basic Tips for Winter Bike Maintenance from Great Lakes Cycling and Fitness

by Doug, GLCF staff member.

Winter Bike Commuting Clinics Coming Your Way!

Published: Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:26 PM

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It's finally starting to get cold out there!  If you are a bike commuter, that means you're going to need to prepare yourself for what's ahead: cold, snow and ice.

Lucky for you the getDowntown Program has teamed up with a number of bike shops and organizations to bring you some winter bike commuting clinics.

Below is a current list of the bike clinics happening in November.  Remember to check for more event listings, discounts, contests, hints and tips and more!

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