Conquer the Cold Challenge Week 1

Published: Fri, 01/03/2020 - 11:54 AM

So we've had a bit of a rocky start with the getDowntown Challenge team, between office closings and being under the weather, but we're going to keep plowing through like all of you do when you show how to #OWNWINTER! So the challenge for this week is simply to log a commute using a mode that burns calories. You know you ate too much over Christmas, and, ahem, celebrated too much at New Year's, so get back at it with your active method of getting to and from work!

Public Input on a Study for a Pedestrian Tunnel and Expansion of the Border-to-Border Trail

Published: Wed, 02/20/2019 - 1:58 PM

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City and County Seek Public Input on a Study for a Pedestrian Tunnel and Expansion of the Border-to-Border Trail


Border-to-Border (B2B) Trail in Gallup to close

Published: Thu, 06/29/2017 - 6:05 PM

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Starting July 5th for 2-3 weeks

City of Ann Arbor Set to Begin Changing Driver Behavior Study

Published: Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:08 AM

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Starts June, 2017

In June, the City of Ann Arbor, under the guidance of Dr. Ron Van Houten and his team from Western Michigan University, will begin a Changing Driver Behavior study. The study will measure the impact of enhanced enforcement at crosswalks and communications feedback on stopping/yielding rates on major commuting routes within Ann Arbor. The study will replicate work Van Houten performed in Gainesville, Florida

Survey: Pedestrian and bicycle safety in Southeast Michigan

Published: Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:29 AM

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SEMCOGand MAC "Pulse of the Region" survey asks for citizen perspectives on pedestrian and bicycle safety in Southeast Michigan

SEMCOG and its partner organization, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC), have launched a survey to gather residents’ perceptions on pedestrian and bicycle safety in Southeast Michigan.

Citizens are asked to take this quick survey. Responses will help us prioritize and focus a public education safety campaign that will kick off in May.

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: 

The single greatest thing you can do to improve your life

Published: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:12 PM

As we have learned more about some of our Commuter Challenge participants, we've often amazed at how much changing your commute can change your life. 

Here's a post from Kayla Coleman.  Kayla works at the City of Ann Arbor and discovered some amazing benefits when she shortened her commute.

I truly believe that eliminating the daily drive to work is the single greatest quality of life improvement anyone can make. 

4 Easy Tips to Prevent Weight Gain This Holiday Season

Published: Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:58 PM

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The Holiday Season is finally upon us.  If you're like me, you are up to your puffy jacket in holiday parties, treats and temptations.

If you're like me you're also probably thinking of ways to enjoy some goodies while not gaining weight.  And you want to do it without adding too much additional time to your life.

Well lucky for you it's easy to add a little exercise into your day (and your commute) with Conquer the Cold!  Here are our top tips for avoiding weight gain this holiday season:

1. Aim for no weight GAIN, not weight LOSS

How Daylight Savings Can Mess With Your Commute

Published: Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:46 PM

One of the signs of winter is just about to hit us.  Daylight savings takes effect on November 1, 2014.  

No matter how you get to work, the first thing you'll notice when you start your commute on Monday is that it's actually lighter in the morning.

The flip side? Your evening commute just got a whole lot darker.

This is a huge and fatal issue. According to MDOT, 4,743 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2012, while an estimated 76,000 were injured. And 70% of these fatalities occured during 6pm-5:59am. 

7 Things That Will Make You Want to Walk to Work

Published: Sat, 04/05/2014 - 5:00 PM

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Live close enough to walk to work? Want some motivation to make it happen? Check out these 7 little tips to get you off on the right foot.

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