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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

Opinion: Courtesy uncommon behind the wheel

Opinion: Courtesy uncommon behind the wheel

I don’t consider myself an old fuddy duddy at all but I am fast becoming someone who thinks a lot of us have lost any and all regard for etiquette and courtesy.

As an example, I get a little perturbed when sitting at a traffic light at Alpine and Three Mile Road NW, maybe three to four cars back, the light turns green but no one is moving and there is nothing visible in the way of traffic. Just as the light turns yellow, the lead vehicle suddenly turns right and leaves all the remaining vehicles sitting there, not able to cross Alpine. How many guesses would it take for a person to realize the lead vehicle was either on the phone or texting, completely unaware of the traffic light or anyone around them. So inconsiderate.

My Town: Online app boosts community involvement in Rapid route project

My Town: Online app boosts community involvement in Rapid route project

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Researchers behind the Laker Line Study are crediting an online app for more than doubling public engagement.

The study team is using MindMixer, a customizable online survey system, to gather feedback from the community as they try to determine the future of the RAPID line connecting downtown Grand Rapids to Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus.  The route upgrade will include stops on the city’s west side and Standale.  RAPID officials say the current 50 Campus Connector route has experienced the sharpest ridership increase of any route, carrying more than 12,000 riders each weekday during the school year. 

My Town: Voters to decide street and sidewalk tax extension May 6

My Town: Voters to decide street and sidewalk tax extension May 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)—Voters in Grand Rapids will head to the polls Tuesday, May 6 to decide whether to continue an income tax ordinance to pay for street and sidewalk repairs.

The proposal includes renewing the Grand Rapids’  Uniform City Income Tax Ordinance,  which is 1.5 percent for business and property owners within the city and  0.75 percent for people who work in the city.  The extension would take effect July 1, 2015 and extend until June 30, 2030.  Tax revenue generated would go toward street, sidewalk and right-of-way repair.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the polling location in your area, visit the Kent County website here.

My Town: Public meetings Thursday about proposed Laker Line upgrades

My Town: Public meetings Thursday about proposed Laker Line upgrades

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The community is invited to find out more about proposed service upgrades to Grand Valley State University’s Laker Line during a series of presentations Thursday, April 17.

Project leaders will release updates in the bus service study during the following times:

My Town: Construction begins on Bus Rapid Transit stations

My Town: Construction begins on Bus Rapid Transit stations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--   Spring is here, which means the return of construction season.

One project already underway is work on the Bus Rapid Transit stations, which line the route Rapid’s Silver Line will soon take.  According to The Rapid’s public outreach coordinator, construction on the inbound station at S. Division Avenue and McConnell Street SW began this past weekend.   Crews are also expected to begin working on the outbound Division-McConnell station, the inbound Jefferson station at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and the outbound station at Michigan Street and Bostwick Avenue NE within the next two weeks.

Construction on all four stations should be complete by June 27.

My Town: Eastown sidewalk repairs to start this week

My Town: Eastown sidewalk repairs to start this week

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It’s the start of a new month, and a new round of construction work on Eastown’s sidewalks.

Crews are expected to begin permanent repairs to the Lake Drive sidewalk north of Wealthy this week.  That project should be finished by June 6. Work on the Lake Drive sidewalk south of Wealthy should begin the first week of July and be finished by August 29. 

Wealthy Street sidewalks that are currently patched with asphalt will be permanently replaced by May 16.  Sidewalk repairs on side streets such as Genessee, Norwood, Hampton, etc. will also happen this spring and summer.