Through support from the Office of Highway Safety Planning, the League of Michigan Bicyclists is excited to host a series of six trainings across the state designed for law enforcement and bicyclistsThe interactive five-hour sessions will cover the following topics:
- The Michigan Vehicle Code and Michigan Compiled Laws segments relating to the use of the bicycle on Michigan's roadways and sidewalks.
- Best practices for bicycle crash investigation and reporting.
- Updates on accepted engineering designs for bicycle travel, including an overview of Complete Streets concepts.
- Safe bicycling practices.
The training sessions are designed to be interactive and stimulate discussion about real-world situations.
Law enforcement personnel may be eligible to earn credit towards their MCOLES* certification by attending these training sessions.
Basic Safe Bicycling Skills - What are the skills that every bicyclist should know in order to safely maneuver on our roadways? Typically, the roadway is the safest place for a bicyclist to ride and, in Michigan, bicyclists have the right to do so. Participants will gain an understanding of how bicyclists can utilize the principles of predictability and anticipation in order to safely use the roadways.
Motor Vehicle Code (MVC)/Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) Review - The Michigan MVC contains sections which address the use of bicycles on roadways. We will examine these sections and address some of their common misconceptions.
The Role of Law Enforcement Personnel in Bicycle Safety - How can law enforcement work with groups to make their communities safer for bicycling? The answer lies in the safety triangle of Education, Enforcement, and Engineering.
Resources for Education - Discover the wide variety of youth- and adult-oriented safety education resources. We will work to highlight several national safety programs which can be replicated in local communities, along with basic guidelines for running an effective bicycle rodeo. More detailed instruction regarding bicycle rodeos will be available during the optional afternoon session.
Guidelines for Enforcement - We will address the fair treatment of bicyclists on Michigan roadways. This includes proper issuing of warnings and citations but also involves respecting bicyclists’ rights as legitimate roadway users. Best practices for accurate bicycle crash scene reporting will be reviewed.
An update on Engineering - How are communities currently modifying their roadways to accommodate all roadway users? LMB’s Bikeability Audit, and how it can assist in helping communities become more bike-friendly, will be presented.
Optional Afternoon Bicycle Rodeo Training
A bicycle rodeo is more than just an obstacle course. It is an efficient, effective, and concise formula for presenting bicycle safety to children in a powerful and engaging way. This session will provide an overview of how to conduct helmet fittings and organize bicycle rodeos, including a description and demonstration of various rodeo stations and the fundamentals of effective bicycle education. Please bring a bicycle and helmet in order to participate in the bicycle rodeo stations.
Nancy Krupiarz is the former Executive Director of Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA) and a touring bicyclist for the past 40 years. Nancy has participated in dozens of both week-long and day-long bicycle tours. She has also helped organize MTGA’s Michigander bike tour with MTGA and helped to coordinate in LMB’s annual Bicycle Advocacy Day for the past six years. She currently looks forward to helping her current community of Charlevoix become the most walk- and bike-friendly it can be.
Michigan State Police Community Service Troopers personnel are partnering with LMB to facilitate the Michigan Vehicle Code/ Compiled Law and law enforcement portions of the training.
Upcoming Training Sessions
Ross Park Elementary, PLC Room
121 Randall Rd, Norton Shores 49441
Mott Library, Room 3106
1401 E Court St, Flint 48503
Fire Station #1
7830 Shaver Rd, Portage 49024
Northville Township Hall
44405 Six Mile Rd, Northville 48168
Sault Ste Marie
LSSU Norris Event Ctr, Room 202
1000 Meridian St, Sault Ste Marie 49783
Mt Pleasant Police Dept
804 E High St, Mt Pleasant 48858
Registration costs $15 and includes coffee, pastries, and lunch.
*MCOLES certification pending approval
**Subject to change
This material was developed through a project funded by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning and the U.S. Department of Transportation.