Put simply, "Dollar per Rider" participating groups have agreed to donate $1 to the League of Michigan Bicyclists for every rider in these events, to help us carry out our mission of promoting bicycling and increasing the safety of bicyclists on the roadways in Michigan. These generous donations help LMB work on statewide issues that affect every bicyclist every day.
LMB represents bicyclists at the state capitol, with MDOT, with Safe Routes To School and with other governmental bodies. We help write legislation and react to legislation that may endanger bicyclists. We develop education tools for bicyclists (such as the "What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know" booklet) for personal use and for improving the bicycling environment in their communities.
The reality of the world today is that it takes money to keep on top of issues and to provide these education tools. Our income is derived from four major sources. Our primary source is the proceeds from the four major tours we run annually. (We also receive funds from membership and contracts with the state.) Contributions are our second largest source of funding. These funds come from both individuals and the "Dollar per Rider" program.
We believe the "Dollar per Rider" program is an easy way for thousands of riders each year to support a statewide organization whose sole purpose is simply to improve the quality of their riding experience.
We encourage every one of you to ask your club's or organization's leaders to make their events "Dollar per Rider" sponsors, to help LMB promote bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on the roadways in Michigan.
In 2009, 6,539 riders participated in 22 pledging events, resulting in a combined donation of $6,539 to the League of Michigan Bicyclists. We graciously thank our 2009 donors and encourage all Michigan cyclists to participate in Dollar per Rider" events in 20010.