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My Town EGR: City shares safety tips for bicyclists and pedestrians

My Town EGR: City shares safety tips for bicyclists and pedestrians

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EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (City of East Grand Rapids)-- Summer is upon us and the activities on our streets and sidewalks are in full swing.  East Grand Rapids is among the safest cities in Michigan in part because we practice sound behaviors to protect ourselves. Some safety ideas follow that will help keep us in the top ranking and insure the summer of 2014 is one without tragedy. 

Bicycling laws and tips for safety:

My Town EGR: Lakeside Drive construction enters new phase

My Town EGR: Lakeside Drive construction enters new phase

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Work on Lakeside Drive enters a new phase Monday.

Crews contracted by the Michigan Department of Transportation will be resurfacing the street and replacing the sidewalks.  Lakeside Drive will remain closed to through traffic.  Those visiting businesses within the construction zone should expect one-way, northbound traffic from Wealthy to Greenwood.  No parking will be allowed in that area, and the boat launch will be closed on weekdays. Phase two construction is expected to be finished on Oct. 4, weather permitting.

Construction on Lakeside Drive began April 28 with crews tearing up the road to replace the waterline.  That first phase of construction wrapped up several weeks ago.  The second stage of work was delayed due to a different work contract with the state.

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District is looking to add to its team of bus drivers.

Kent ISD will be holding a bus driver job fair July 10, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nearly 100 positions are available, covering nearly a dozen school districts, including:

  • Caledonia Community Schools
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools
  • East Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Forest Hills Public Schools
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Grandville Public Schools
  • Kelloggsville Public Schools
  • Lowell Area Schools
  • Sparta Area Schools
  • Wyoming Public Schools
  •  Kent ISD Special Education

 The job fair will take place at the Kent ISD’s Educational Service Center, located at 2930 Knapp NE in Grand Rapids. Candidates must be at least 21, have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and pass a drug test and criminal background check.

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.” 

My Town EGR: Road closures expected for Huntington Reeds Lake Run June 7

My Town EGR: Road closures expected for Huntington Reeds Lake Run June 7

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Drivers may want to avoid the Reeds Lake area this weekend, as thousands of athletes descend upon East Grand Rapids for the 36th annual Huntington Reeds Lake Run.

This year’s event is larger than before, with the addition of a 10K wheelchair/handcycle division.   Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 7, there will also be a 5K, 10K and 5K Shaggy Pines Doggie Dash.

Because of the event, several streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday.  See the race map above for areas to avoid.  For more race information, visit the East Grand Rapids website here.

My Town EGR: Less parking and more detours as Lakeside construction begins

My Town EGR: Less parking and more detours as Lakeside construction begins

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— People driving through East Grand Rapids will have a new set of construction cones to contend with, starting Monday, April 28.

Work on Lakeside Drive from Wealthy Street to Greenwood Avenue is expected to run through mid-October.    Traffic on Lakeside Drive will be detoured along Lake Drive, Plymouth Road and Robinson Road.  Drivers will still be able to access Wealthy Street from Lake Drive during the duration of the project, but parking will be prohibited on Lakeside Drive from Wealthy to Greenwood.

The boat launch at John Collins Park will be closed from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. on weekdays during construction, but the park will remain open.  Rose’s Restaurant will also be open during construction.

My Town EGR: Public Safety Director reminds riders to remember the helmet ordinance

My Town EGR: Public Safety Director reminds riders to remember the helmet ordinance

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—As temperatures climb, East Grand Rapids’ Public Safety Director wants to remind bicyclists about the city’s helmet ordinance.

The ordinance requires anyone under the age of 18, who is riding a bicycle on a public roadway, sidewalk or public bicycle path to wear a protective helmet.  People who violate the ordinance will receive three warnings before they could get a $50 ticket.  The fine also applies to anyone who rents, leases or loans a bicycle to a person under the age of 18 who does not wear a protective helmet while riding.

Parents are encouraged to make sure children are wearing helmets not only to avoid punishment, but to protect them from injury.