Annually, LMB recognizes Michigan bicyclists that embody the mission of LMB in our work to promote and advance bicycling across the state. 2013 award recipients were honored at a luncheon on the Capitol Lawn during the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day held on May 22nd.
Please join us in congratulating our 2013 honorees for their leadership and dedication:
Bicycle Advocate Award
Bryan is an active bicycle racer, participating in road races, criteriums and cyclecross. When not racing he is pursuing his career as a lawyer with Sinas Dramis Law Firm. Over the last 20 years, he has represented numerous cyclist and outdoor athletes. Most are cyclists hit by cars or injured in dog attacks. This past summer he represented LMB's John Lindenmayer in his defense against an "Impeding Traffic" ticket. He authored, "A Legal Handbook For Michigan Cyclists," which is available through his firm, Sinas Dramis. He has also assisted LMB over the past year by writing position papers on various bills affecting bicyclists. Locally, Bryan has developed a standard letter pointing out the risks of sub standard road conditions that he sends to local road authorities whenever he encounters a road that is dangerous for bicyclists.
Bicycle Educator Award
Fred Schaafsma (posthumously)
Bicyclists in Michigan and the Traverse City area lost a tireless bicycle educator in November of 2012 with the passing of Fred Schaafsma. We are honoring Fred posthumously with the Bicycle Educator Award. Fred was a member of the Cherry Capital Cyclist Club. He organized their Education and Safety Committee and worked with and through that group to make the Grand Traverse area a better place for bicycling. He was also concerned about statewide issues and annually attended LMB's Advocacy Day and worked with LMB staff on various bicycle safety issues. Not only was Fred a passionate educator, he loved to have fun and compete. Many would say what made him so special was his wide-ranging interests and his passion for people and his passion for cycling. He would often remark, "who is going to look out for these kids?"
Ralph Finneren Encouragement Award
Re-Bicycle Lenawee (not pictured)
Re-Bicycle Lenawee is a bicycle co-operative in Adrian, MI dedicated to refurbishing donated bicycles to any person interested in riding for transportation, fitness or fun. Re-Bicycle Lenawee provides bicycle safety education and equipment along with the bicycles. Anyone is eligible to receive a bike, but their priority has always been children, the homeless, those on public assistance and the working poor. The organization has no paid staff, but a small group of volunteers work with clients to repair bicycles and educate them. They also sponsor local recreational rides and support other community events.