The Tri-County Bicycle Association (TCBA), the MSU Museum and the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council announce a June 29 bicycle tour of “modern” buildings in East Lansing in conjunction with the MSU Museum’s “East Lansing Modern, 1940-1970” exhibition.
The tour will start at the East Lansing High School Night Activities Parking Lot (509 Burcham Dr. East Lansing) at 1 p.m. on June 29.
It will last about three hours and cover seven miles with frequent stops, including a variety of residences, office buildings, municipal buildings and religious centers. Ron Springer, long time East Lansing resident, and Michigan Safe Routes to Schools urban planner Adrianna Jordan will be the tour guides.
The ride visits most of the buildings listed in the “East Lansing Modern Driving/Biking Tour”
in the exhibit. The final stop will be at East Lansing’s most exuberant piece of modernist architecture: Bell’s Pizza, 1135 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, The Rain Date is June 30; same time and place.
“Bicycling is the perfect way to see these interesting buildings,” says Mike Unsworth, organizer of the ride. “The relaxed speed let you see more of the neighborhoods. You don’t have to worry about finding parking places. Finally, you get some exercise.”
“Explore East Lansing Modern” marks the inaugural event of two separate series. First of all the ride is the first of TCBA’s occasional “Pedaling Through History” rides which will explore aspects of the Lansing Area’s past. It also starts a Mid-MEAC series of fun events that highlight the Area’s built and natural history.
For more information, please contact Mike Unsworth (517/282-7515 or unsyGM@gmail.com
With over 1,500 members, TCBA is the largest local bicycling organization in Michigan. The club is dedicated to promoting the use of bicycles for healthful recreation & transportation, and promoting public awareness of bicyclists’ rights & responsibilities. TCBA hosts the Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw (DALMAC) bicycle tour, held annually over the Labor Day weekend. The DALMAC Fund to grant over $1 million to bicycling-related organizations and causes since 1985. Programs benefiting from these grants represent a variety of purposes, from trail projects to public safety to extending bicycling opportunities to those with disabilities.