Through support from the Office of Highway Safety Planning, the League of Michigan Bicyclists is excited to bring back our Community Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement training series. The first session of the training series will be held in Traverse City on September 22, 2017. We are currently working to finalize future sessions in locations around the state for fall 2017 and spring 2018.
The training series is designed for law enforcement officials and bicyclists. The five-hour interactive 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 bicycle-riding practices and effective models to educate about them
The training sessions are designed to be interactive and stimulate discussion amongst participants about their real world situations and tips on how to handle future occurrences.
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 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 should safely use the roadways, using the principles of predictability and anticipation.
Motor Vehicle Code (MVC)/Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) Review
The Michigan MVC addresses bicycle use on roadways and outlines specific laws pertaining to bicyclists. The sections of the MVC affecting bicyclists will be examined along with some of the common misconceptions about the laws perceived by both law enforcement and the public.
The Role of Law Enforcement Personnel in Bicycle Safety
How can law enforcement work with groups to make their communities safer for bicycling? The safety triangle consisting of Education, Enforcement, and Engineering will be explained.
Resources for Education – Discover the variety of resources available to bicycle education programs for both youth and adults. Several national safety programs that can be replicated in local communities will also be highlighted. Learn basic guidelines for running an effective bicycle rodeo. Further, more detailed instruction regarding bicycle rodeos will be available during an additional afternoon session.
Guidelines for Enforcement – The fair treatment of bicyclists on the roadways will be discussed. This includes issuing tickets and warnings for infractions but also learning to respect bicyclists’rights as legitimate roadway users. Best practices for accurate bicycle crash scene reporting will be reviewed.
An Update on Engineering – What are the currently accepted ways in which communities are modifying their roadways to accommodate all roadway users, using Complete Streets and other design principles? 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 in a powerful and engaging way for children. This session will provide an overview on 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.
Lieutenant Kyle Bowman is a First Lieutenant with the Michigan State Police. As commander of the State Security Operations section, he provides police services to the State Capitol and state office buildings in the Lansing area. He is also statewide coordinator for the department’s Bike Response Team. Kyle holds a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement and a Master’s degree in Homeland Security Leadership from Siena Heights University.
Upcoming Training Sessions
Date & Time
Friday, September 22, 2017
8:00 am – 1 p.m. (with an optional bicycle rodeo training session from 1:30-4:30)
Northwestern Michigan College
University Center Campus
2200 Dendrinos Rd
Traverse City, MI, 49684
Northwestern Michigan College North lot
The morning classroom session is $15 and includes coffee, pastries, and lunch. The optional afternoon bicycle rodeo session is free but still requires registration.
Sign up using the online registration form prior to Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
*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.