transportation http://wmuk.org en Eco-friendly safe ride service planned in Kalamazoo http://wmuk.org/post/eco-friendly-safe-ride-service-planned-kalamazoo <p>A small fleet of environment-friendly cars could be getting people in Kalamazoo who’ve had too much to drink home safely beginning in the spring of 2014. At least that’s the hope of a local organization called <a href="http://www.www.greenearthmichigan.org">Green Earth Michigan</a>. CEO Dan Doehrman says the new effort is called “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlpEa0T5ttE&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player">Project Green Drive</a>".</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:18:42 +0000 Andrew Robins 5902 at http://wmuk.org Eco-friendly safe ride service planned in Kalamazoo Michigan NOW: Auto marketing guru loves trains http://wmuk.org/post/michigan-now-auto-marketing-guru-loves-trains <p>Earlier this month, voters in Kalamazoo County renewed a millage for public transit service. But in southeastern Michigan, officials are still trying to pull a new regional transit system together.</p><p>They and others met recently at the University of Detroit Mercy where they heard from transit system managers around the country. They included Toby Barlow, an advocate for the auto industry who says his heart is still with trains and busses.</p><p>Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus <a href="http://www.michigannow.org/2013/05/29/ford-marketing-guru-loves-trains/">reports</a>.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 14:46:05 +0000 Andrew Robins 5604 at http://wmuk.org Michigan NOW: Auto marketing guru loves trains Getting bikes and cars to co-exist http://wmuk.org/post/getting-bikes-and-cars-co-exist <p>When bikes and cars mix on the road it can be a tense situation for everyone. Helping two- and four-wheeled traffic co-exist is a major theme of the second annual <a href="http://www.kalamazoobikeweek.com">Kalamazoo Bike Week</a>. It starts Thursday, May 9th, with a “Community Forum on Cycling”. Bike Week Co-Chairman David Warwick says he hopes it attracts motorists as well as bicyclists. The forum starts at 6 p.m. in the Lawrence Education Center at Borgess Medical Center, 1521 Gull Road, in Kalamazoo.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 16:00:23 +0000 Andrew Robins 4891 at http://wmuk.org Getting bikes and cars to co-exist Kalamazoo TOAD rides on two wheels http://wmuk.org/post/kalamazoo-toad-rides-two-wheels <p>If you live in Kalamazoo there’s a TOAD in your backyard but it’s no amphibian. It's the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/127122630666973/">TOAD Bicycle Cooperative</a> in the Vine neighborhood where rusty chains and broken frames are dragged in and functional bikes glide out.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sean Cleary helped start TOAD three years ago. He says, “It’s fifty percent working on bikes and helping people get on the road, and fifty percent doing big rides and having fun, and just having a party on wheels.”</span></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:43:41 +0000 Pasha Shipp 3501 at http://wmuk.org Kalamazoo TOAD rides on two wheels Amtrak riders set Michigan record http://wmuk.org/post/amtrak-riders-set-michigan-record <p>State officials say three Amtrak passenger trains in Michigan set ridership records last year. <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-11056---,00.html">MDOT</a> says almost 800,000 people climbed aboard an Amtrak train in 2012. The three routes are the <em>Wolverine</em> from Detroit to Chicago; the <em>Blue Water</em> from Port Huron to Chicago; and the <em>Pere Marquette</em> from Grand Rapids to Chicago. The <em>Wolverine</em> and the <em>Blue Water</em> routes include stops in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:51:00 +0000 Andrew Robins 1552 at http://wmuk.org Amtrak riders set Michigan record