Bike Month is the perfect time to renew your commitment to making Michigan bicycling better.
Advocacy Day registration is now open! Join us for this unique opportunity for cyclists of all abilities – casual riders and die-hards alike – to converge on the State Capitol and speak with one voice to help make Michigan bicycling better.
Hosted by the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) in partnership with the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Mountain Biking Association, and PEAC, this collaborative effort brings bicycle advocates together to educate legislators on key policy issues that facilitate a more bicycle-friendly Michigan and discuss bicycle-related issues in their own communities.
This year, Advocacy Day will be held at the State Capitol in Lansing on Wednesday, May 23rd.
Admission cost is only $15 and includes lunch on the Capitol lawn. Register here for this amazing event.
This year's legislative priorities will be posted soon. To view the legislative priorities from Advocacy Day, 2017, click here.
Read More about Advocacy Day 2018 here.
There are many ways to enjoy the spring cycling weather and give back while you ride; we invite you to check out this month’s $1 per Rider Events! The organizers of these rides have pledged to donate $1 to LMB for every person who registers for their event. Those dollars add up quickly and help tremendously in LMB’s education and advocacy work. We hope you will help support us, simply by registering for one of the stellar events below this month!
KBC’s Bike Camp
05/09/18 - 06/02/18
The Kalamazoo Bicycle Club's 13th annual Bike Camp is an opportunity for adults and minors ages 12 and older to learn skills necessary to ride safely and competently on the road. All the bases are covered. We fit each person individually to their bike for greater comfort, efficiency, and injury prevention.
We teach basic bike maintenance skills, so you can keep your bike working properly and safely.
We show you how to dress for biking to stay comfortable in any weather.
We review the laws applying to bicycle use on public roads,
We teach the riding skills necessary to be safer on the road.
We give information regarding fitness techniques, training, and attaining goals.
And, at each session we do group rides at your ability level led by experienced riders to put all your new knowledge into practice.
Huron River Cruise
A mellow out-and-back (with a bit of climbing) from Okemos (a suburb of Lansing) to Ann Arbor, following the Huron River on low traffic roads with 6 miles of gravel.
Women’s Mountain Bike Getaway
05/18/18 - 05/20/18
Ladies, let’s practice our skills together! Our tour guide Sarah Slade has been a mountain biker for years, teaching the skills in two states and riding quite a bit. She's written a plan for a women-only event, and will be joined by Kelly Hibbert, our downstate mountain biker and water skiing champ. This weekend is designed to be 'girls only' allowing you to ride in a non-competitive setting. We do have a companion event for boys, so if you're married to one, bring him along).
The Grand Traverse Weekend Getaway
05/18/18 - 05/20/18
Here's something new, we're going to Traverse City for the weekend, and you should come along! This event includes an optional Friday afternoon ride around Traverse, then Saturday an out & back loop of Old Mission Peninsula with stunning views of Grand Traverse Bay. On Sunday, enjoy a traffic-free ride on the TART trail to Sutton's Bay.You know the area is full of great sights to see off your bike, and we've got a list to choose from. There are wineries all around, some super brew pubs, and wonderful dining options. Half our riding is on paved paths, and the other half on quiet roads on Old Mission Peninsula, so it's safe for the whole family.
The Kal-Haven Trail Tour
05/19/18 - 05/20/18
Start the season with us, and ride the Kal-Haven Trail out & back, with an overnight stay in South Haven! We'll carry your luggage, provide lunch each day, plus a pizza dinner Saturday. Tour leader Jon will have scheduled sag stops along the way, and Ride Guide Mitch will be cycling with you to be sure no one is left behind. This traffic-free trail ride is a great beginning to your 2018 bike season.
Tour of Detroit
An interesting and diverse route that explores the Metro Detroit area. Starting in Wixom then heading North and East to Jefferson Ave., we then follow the lake to Belle Isle where we take a loop on the Grand Prix circuit, we continue following the river to Groose Isle where take a look at Canada. We continue by going thru the Lower Huron Metro Parks. Ann Arbour, then Chelsea, before we head north to Pinckney, the East to Whitmore Lake before heading back. An APC Certified Brevet.
Gold Spike Trail Tour IV
The Gold Spike Trail Tour IV offers cyclists of all abilities a chance to explore the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail and the Musketawa Trail. Come enjoy this early season ride and visit our SAG stops offered at Marne, Conklin, Ravenna and Muskegon. We begin at the Meijer Headquarters parking lot in Walker. Ride distances of 10, 20.5, 37, 62 miles or turnaround at your leisure. We will offer water and light snacks. Ride t-shirt offered until the cut-off date.
A great spring ride through the countryside. Ride lengths for any fitness level. 9, 20, and 55 miles. Volunteers at every turn to guide/support riders. Proceeds benefit the youth group for a domestic mission/service trip. Come see the Sunrise Side!! FB "Holy Spokes Bike Ride." This will be our 7th Annual. $25 per rider. 200 maximum riders. Police escort for the start of the ride Door prizes and food at the end of the ride.
For more about our Dollar Per Rider Program and upcoming summer events, click here.
LMB is thrilled to announce that the Micro-Grant program is back, and now accepting proposals through May 4th, 2018!
The Micro-Grant Program will provide financial assistance to individuals and organizations who implement creative projects that promote bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on Michigan roadways. Micro-Grant funds will be awarded annually in May in celebration of National Bike Month.
LMB is excited to announce six Community Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement training sessions will take place across the state this spring and summer.
Sessions are scheduled in Norton Shores, Flint, Northville, Portage, Sault Ste Marie, and Mount Pleasant. The interactive five-hour sessions will cover topics including basic safe bicycling skills, the Motor Vehicle Code (MVC)/Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL), the role of law enforcement personnel in bicycle safety, and more. An optional bicycle rodeo training will take place after each course. The $15 registration fee includes coffee, pastries, and lunch.
Though the course of study was put together for law enforcement personnel, the trainings are open to the public. Eash session is designed to be interactive and stimulate discussion about real-world situations. Bicyclists in the community are strongly encouraged to attend in order to foster this kind of dialogue.
On Wednesday, March 21, the State House passed two of LMB's bicycle safety bills. HB 4265, our safe passing bill, was approved 106-2, while HB 4198, driver's education improvement legislation, was approved 98-10.
The passing of the driver's education improvement bill is a huge victory for the bicycling community. Introduced by Representative Julie Alexander, this legislation would require at least one hour of driver's education classroom instruction to include laws pertaining to bicycles, motorcycles, and other vulnerable roadway users, including pedestrians. The bill would further require driver's education instruction to incorporate bicycles, motorcycles, and other vulnerable roadway users into other subject areas of the driver's education curriculum.
The approval of the safe passing law, introduced by Representative Holly Hughes, is also a significant victory, though one that came with compromise. At the time the bill was introduced many members of the House were not interested in establishing a 5-foot passing requirement. LMB, as well as many partners and members of the bicycling community, faced an uphill battle and fought hard to keep the conversation going by educating House members on the issue.