The Rolling Forward: Michigan Bicycle Conference took place June 1st-2nd at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids. Rolling forward was presented in partnership with LMB, the City of Grand Rapids, the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan State University, and the Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP).
The first day of the conference kicked off with an analysis of fatal bicycle crash data from 1975-2015 from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration’s Fatality Analysis Report System. Morning breakout sessions included presentations on the design, evaluation and recommendations for bicycle facilities, the Grand Rapids Driving Change campaign, and bicycle topics for law enforcement. The afternoon began with an overview of the future of mobility, a discussion on autonomous vehicle technology and bicyclists. After lunch, more breakout sessions covered training law enforcement and others on bicycle safety, crash data research studies, and a panel on visibly and bicycle safety. The day concluded with presentations on legal updates pertaining to bicyclists, Detroit’s MoGo Bike Share, and bike safety at universities.
After a great day of speeches and great conversation, conference attendees were invited to join LMB and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycling Coalition for a Networking and Social Event at Greston Brewery in Downtown Grand Rapids. Conference attendees were invited to rent a bicycle from Veo Ride to ride to the brewery while touring some of the infrastructure improvements being made by the city on Grand Rapids. Creston Brewery generously donated $1 per pint sold to support LMB and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition to support our education and advocacy efforts. During the event, LMB recognized bicycle enthusiasts and advocates across the state with a LMB Award.
The second day of the conference covered the unique resources and qualities of a new comprehensive bicycling education program that supports long-term implementation. The conference wrapped up with breakout sessions regarding research on passing distance measuring technology, finding resources for bicycle safety program funding, and a final bicycle ride through Grand Rapids touring more of their bicycle infrastructure projects.
You can view the full conference agenda and a list of speakers here.
Thank you to our partners, Creston Brewery, MSU, GVSU, and all who joined us for the conference!