Entries by Jon Gorter

Rising Number of Cyclists Prompts Excitement, Calls for Greater Safety

The number of Grand Rapids residents who bike to work has steadily increased over the last five years. Jay Fowler, the technical director of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycling Coalition (GGRBC), started tracking bicycling traffic counts in 2011. According to Fowler’s most recent data, an estimated 730 Grand Rapids residents […]

Meet Charlie, the 2016 Mayor’s Tree of the Year

In Lincoln Park, just south of Bridge Street on the North side of Grand Rapids, a mighty Chinquapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) spreads its branches nearly 200 feet wide, shading the grass, providing food and shelter for squirrels, and sending deep roots into the soil below. This oak, nicknamed “Charlie” by nominator […]