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EcoRide is one of the Ann Arbor Ecology Center’s best-loved traditions, launched in the organization’s earliest days in 1970s.

This year’s ride will offer a variety of routes, from two miles to 55 miles, to suit walkers and riders of all levels and abilities beginning and ending at Ann Arbor’s Riverside Park.ecoride 2013 postcard

A new feature this year will be “pop-up” art galleries highlighting local artists whose work represents sustainability themes.

Even people who don’t ride a bicycle will find a lot to like about the Ecology Center’s annual EcoRide to be held on Sunday, June 23.

Allida, a long-time Scrap Box supporter, will be participating in their new pop-up art gallery event in Riverside Park (the ANN ARBOR one, not the Ypsi one), bringing along my rag rug (and maybe some little things) and sharing my skills as a fiber artist to raise awareness about sustainability. Just like the now slightly tarnished “Live Strong” bracelet, participants will be invited to make their own recycled t-shirt bracelets, titled, reCYCLE bracelets. Hopefully it will not only be fun for the young riders, but will inspire others to share what they know about recycling.

rug crocheted with old sheets

Tess will also be one of the “pop-up” artists featuring recycled garden sculptures that can be used as trellises, light trees, or scarecrows. She makes them with re-cycled materials including plastic forks; straws; electronics and fiber optic cables; and water supply line. You’ll see her in Leslie Science & Nature Center – Discovery Garden.
recycled garden sculptures