Adapted in TC: Oh, the places you can go

Featured in the Record Eagle on July 1, 2018 WRITTEN BY Susan Odgers

The Record Eagle newspaper logoSummer is officially here. Residents and visitors alike are asking me, “What’s happening in northern Michigan?”

Here’s a sampling:

On June 25, the Bay Area Transportation Authority launched the Bayline bus route in Traverse City. The Bayline is free to everyone and runs from the east side at Woodland Creek to the west side at Meijer’s Park and Ride. There are 30 different stops; including the Grand Traverse Commons, City Opera House, Senior Center, Northwestern Michigan College and the beach district. The buses run from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. A new bus comes along every 15 minutes. The exact timetable can be found at

The buses have wheelchair lifts and front-mounted bike racks. BATA also runs free accessible shuttles during the Cherry Festival.

The 2018 Cherry Festival has free accessible viewing for the parades and fireworks. There are also specific events for children with disabilities. Check out the free accessible BATA shuttle to Michigan State University’s Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center, which includes an orchard tour and sampling of numerous cherry products.

At Interlochen Center for the Arts there’s a new concrete patio and extensive switchback ramp behind the Stone Hotel. The patio has an outside elevator to the beach level, complete with accessible restrooms and shower. A wheelchair accessible golf cart is available through the security office. The new Fitness Center and one of the Penn Colony area cabins are accessible.

Back in Traverse City, there are new pedestrian bump-outs and elevated cross-walks and accessible public restrooms on Park Street near the pedestrian entrance of the Hardy Parking Garage — where folks can rent manual wheelchairs and power scooter wheelchairs.

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She is a 31-year resident of Traverse City and has been using a wheelchair for 42 years. Odgers is a faculty member of Northwestern Michigan College and Grand Valley State University.


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