Winter Commuting

Conquer the Cold Challenge

Published: Mon, 01/09/2017 - 10:44 AM

It's Haiku Week!

It's Haiku week for Conquer the Cold and winter has definitely shown up. If you work in the Ann Arbor/Ypsi Area, register now ( and post your winter commuting Haiku on the getDowntown Facebook page or email it to: 

Prizes for randomly chosen winners include a $50 gift card to Sam's Store, $25 gift card to Ypsi Running Co. and a free bike tune up at one of our local participating bike shops. Winners announced 1/16/17. 

Join the alternative commuting party and #OWNWINTER

Getting Healthier While Getting to Work: Maeve S.

Published: Sun, 11/13/2016 - 11:43 AM

This fall and winter, we're challenging you to #OwnWinter with Conquer the Cold!

To inspire you to continue to bus, bike and walk even during the winter, we're going to be featuring some awesome folks who are going to be commuting right along with you.

Maeve Sullivan is an Admin Assistant at the UM School of Nursing since March.

She's been a regular participant in our challenges and loves doing them.

Let’s Be Prepared!

Published: Fri, 11/11/2016 - 10:47 AM

New #OWNWINTER Educational Events

Are you ready to #OWNWINTER

We're here to help you prepare. Check out our upcoming Educational Events

They have the 3 F's: Free - Fun - Food!

Calling all Winter Bike Warriors!

Published: Tue, 01/19/2016 - 11:24 AM

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In honor of what seems to be the coldest week in January, we are challenging all of you winter bike commuters to show us what you're made of!

Send us Your Winter Commuting Haiku!

Published: Mon, 01/11/2016 - 11:26 AM

It's finally cold! 

Here's something fun you can do while biking, walking or busing to work.

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.

#OwnWinter Tip 5: Layers are Magical Things

Published: Mon, 01/04/2016 - 11:29 AM

Like cakes, Kit Kats and Oreo cookies, the best things in life come in layers!

The same goes from your approach to winter gear.  Especially when it's cold in the morning but warmer by the afternoon.

Dressing in layers is one of the best ways you can stay comfortable no matter what the weather.  Here are the basics:

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:

What you need to know when there’s snow

Published: Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:38 AM

While it hasn't snowed much yet, chances are we'll see the white stuff flying at some point soon.

Here are some great resources on how to deal with the snow when it comes our way: 

Snow Resources for Different Communities

If you live in Ann Arbor, check out for all sorts of snow-related resources and to track snow plows in real time.

If you live in Ypsi, you can go here to check out the rules for sidewalk snow removal.

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