Bicycle City Michigan

Table of Contents
Potential Bicycle City Locations Introduction
Potential Michigan Bicycle City Locations
Alternative Energy Organizations & Companies in Michigan
Michigan Animal & Wildlife Groups
Michigan Business Organizations & Resources
Michigan Education Organizations & Resources
Michigan Environmental Groups
Michigan International Groups
Michigan Government
Michigan Other Useful Links
Conclusion
Introduction

Nestled among the Great Lakes is “Pure Michigan,” an environmentally-minded state that could create a unique setting for a potential Bicycle City, MI, development. The unique landscape and surrounding Great Lakes with historic lighthouses on windswept beaches and dunes are promoted for eco-friendly tourism by Michigan State Tourism and could create an ideal setting for Bicycle City, Michigan. The state’s climate is temperate in both the Upper and Lower Peninsula, allowing for a strong showing of all the seasons year-round.

Potential residents of a Bicycle City, Michigan, community development, as well as tourists, could enjoy outdoor recreation such as hiking, boating, skiing or even searching out wildlife along the North Country National Scenic Trail or enjoying any of the other five national parks in Michigan operated by the National Park Service. Any prospective Bicycle City, MI, development could support and complement the recently instituted Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC), dedicated to the application of alternative energy technologies, as outlined by Grand Valley State University.

Potential Michigan Bicycle City Locations

The best sites for Bicycle City, MI, appear to be 50 miles outside these cities:

Ann Arbor, MI
  • Population: 98,743
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 35.35 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 30; Feb 34; Mar 45; Apr 58; May 70; Jun 79; Jul 83; Aug 81; Sep 74; Oct 61; Nov 47; Dec 35
  • Water: Cavanaugh Lake, Ford Lake, Independence Lake
  • Adjacent Public Land: Arboretum Nature Area, Barton Nature Area, Waterloo Recreation Area
  • Zip Codes: 48103, 48104, 48105, 48108, 48109
  • Other Highlights: Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Underground Railroad Tours.
Battle Creek, MI
  • Population: 53,364
  • Average Monthly Rainfall in June: 3.44 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 31; Feb 35; Mar 46; Apr 59; May 71; Jun 79; Jul 83; Aug 80; Sep 73; Oct 61; Nov 47; Dec 35
  • Adjacent Public Land: Kimball Pines County Park, Ott Biological Preserve, Whitehouse Nature Center, Fort Custer Recreation Area
  • Zip Codes: 49014, 49015, 49016, 49017, 49018, 49019, 49037
  • Other Highlights: Known as Kellogg Cereal City, USA, Battle Creek is home to both the Binder Park Zoo and the Dr. John Harvey Kellogg Discovery Center.
Detroit, MI
  • Population: 836,056
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 32.3 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 33; Feb 36; Mar 46; Apr 59; May 72; Jun 80; Jul 85; Aug 82; Sep 75; Oct 62; Nov 49; Dec 38
  • Water: Lake Erie, Detroit River
  • Adjacent Public Land: Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor, Proud Lake Recreation Area, Dodge #4 State Park, Maybury State Park
  • Zip Codes: 48201, 48210, 48220, 48230, 48240
  • Other Highlights: Residents and visitors enjoy touring both the Henry Ford Estate and the Detroit Institute of Art.
Escanaba, MI (Upper Peninsula)
  • Population: 13,140
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 28.53 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 25; Feb 28; Mar 36; Apr 46; May 60; Jun 70; Jul 76; Aug 75; Sep 67; Oct 55; Nov 42; Dec 30
  • Water: Escanaba River, Little Bay de Noc
  • Adjacent Public Land: Ludington Park, Fuller Park, Fayette State Park
  • Zip Codes: 49829
  • Other Highlights: While in Escanaba, take in the Bonifas Art Gallery or the Aquanauts Ski Show.
Grand Rapids, MI
  • Population: 193,568
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 37.13 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 29; Feb 33; Mar 43; Apr 57; May 70; Jun 78; Jul 82; Aug 80; Sep 72; Oct 60; Nov 46; Dec 34
  • Water: Grand River, Lake Michigan
  • Adjacent Public Land: Lake Michigan Beaches, Grand Haven State Park
  • Zip Codes: 49503, 49504, 49505, 49506, 49507, 49508, 49509, 49512, 49519
  • Other Highlights: Known as a “walking” city, Grand Rapids is home to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
Holland, MI
  • Population: 35,048
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 36.25 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 31; Feb 35; Mar 45; Apr 57; May 69; Jun 79; Jul 83; Aug 81; Sep 73; Oct 61; Nov 47; Dec 36
  • Water: Lake Macatawa, Macatawa River
  • Adjacent Public Land: Holland State Park, Tunnel Park, Dunes State Park.
  • Zip Codes: 49423, 49424
  • Other Highlights: Attractions include the annual Tulip Time Festival, Big Red Lighthouse and DeGraaf Nature Center.
Kalamazoo, MI
  • Population: 77,145
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 37.41 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 32; Feb 36; Mar 47; Apr 60; May 72; Jun 81; Jul 84; Aug 82; Sep 75; Oct 63; Nov 48; Dec 36
  • Water: Gull Lake, Kalamazoo River, Portage Creek
  • Adjacent Public Land: Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kleinstuck Marsh
  • Zip Codes: 49001, 49004, 49006, 49007, 49008, 49009, 49048
  • Other Highlights: Attractions in Kalamazoo include the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Valley Museum and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.
Marquette, MI (Upper Peninsula)
  • Population: 19,661
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 30.95 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 25; Feb 29; Mar 37; Apr 48;
    May 61; Jun 70; Jul 76; Aug 74; Sep 66; Oct 55; Nov 40; Dec 30
  • Water: Lake Superior
  • Adjacent Public Land: Presque Isle Park, South Beach Park, McCarty's Cove
  • Zip Codes: 49855
  • Other Highlights: Marquette’s tourists like to visit Sugarloaf Mountain, the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum and Marquette Harbor Lighthouse.
Saginaw, MI
  • Population: 61,799
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 33 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 30; Feb 34; Mar 45; Apr 58; May 72; Jun 80; Jul 84; Aug 81; Sep 74; Oct 62; Nov 47; Dec 35
  • Water: Saginaw Bay, Saginaw River
  • Adjacent Public Land: Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Bay City State Recreation Area, Sleepy Hollow State Park, Hoyt Park, Wickes Park
  • Zip Codes: 48601, 48602, 48603, 48604, 48607, 48609, 48638
  • Other Highlights: Saginaw’s attractions include the Saginaw Riverwalk, Saginaw Children's Zoo, and Cultural Center and Tea House.
Potential Locations Source List
Alternative Energy Organizations & Companies in Michigan
Michigan Animal & Wildlife Groups
Michigan Business Organizations & Resources
Michigan Education Organizations & Resources
Michigan Environmental Groups
Michigan International Groups
Michigan Government
Michigan Other Useful Links
Conclusion

This upper Midwestern state has much to offer for many potential Bicycle City, Michigan, locations. Alternative energy options, organic agriculture and a thriving tourism industry are additional state features that prospective Bicycle City, MI, creation goals could augment and complement.