View recap of 2011 event here.
The League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Mountain Biking Association and MSU Bikes are pleased to join forces once again for the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day to be held at the State Capitol on May 25th, 2011 as a culmination of National Bike Month.
Whether you enjoy riding on Michigan roads, trails or dirt single track, Advocacy Day is your opportunity to speak with one voice to help advance the interests of all cyclists in the state. We hope that casual riders and die-hards alike will join us in advancing the interests of all bicyclists by communicating the great importance of cycling to the Michigan Legislator.
This year's key issues include:
- Protect Vulnerable Roadway Users - Enhanced penalties for injuring cyclists
- Improve Drivers Education - Add 'share the road' component to curriculum
- Revise Right Turn Signal - Make extended right arm legal in Michigan
- Support Bikes on Trains - Establish roll-on bike service for Michigan trains
- Oppose DNR Acreage Limits - Prevent arbitrary cap on land acquisition
You can download all the issue papers here.
Escorted by local police bike patrols, the day will start with a short road rally ride from MSU Bikes to the State Capitol where volunteers from all three organizations will educate legislators on the above policy issues that facilitate a bicycle-friendly Michigan. Lunch will be provided after legislative visits, followed by an optional afternoon ride.
8:30 am - Bike rally leaves from MSU Bikes to State Capitol
9:15 am – Welcome & Guest Speaker Rep. Harvey Santana
9:30 am - Issue Overview & Questions
10:15 am - Meetings with Representatives and Senators
1:00 pm - Lunch on Capitol grounds
1:50 pm - Group photo on Capitol steps
2:00 pm - "Lansing by bicycle" (self-guided ride)
Registration for Advocacy Day is $10 and includes lunch.
Please register asap so we have ample time to prearrange meetings with both your State Representative and Senator. (Registration is now closed)
If you have never communicated with policy makers before, don't worry. No prior experience is needed to participate in Advocacy Day. We'll make sure that you are comfortable with the issue priorities and that you get up to speed quickly.
The Advocacy Day Primer will answer most of your questions. We'll also give you some additional guidance and walk you through the "asks" on the day of the event.
Please do not hesitate to send any questions to John Lindenmayer at
We sincerely appreciate our friends at MSU Bikes for once again hosting our morning ride staging area.
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MSU Bikes Service Center - B10 Bessey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1033
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2010 Advocacy Day Recap
The Capitol lawn was crawling with advocates wearing neon bicycle lapel pins on Wednesday, May 26th. Over 80 cyclists from across the state came to Lansing to lobby the Michigan legislator for Complete Streets legislation and other bicycle friendly policies during the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day. The event was co-organized by the League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and Michigan Mountain Biking Association.
The day began with a group bike rally from MSU Bikes to the Capitol lawn, with temporary bike racks installed for the bicyclists. Representative Jon Switalski kicked things off by presenting a framed resolution proclaiming May as Bike Month in Michigan.
After a brief overview of the legislative priorities, attendees met with their Representatives and Senators to discuss cycling needs throughout the state. The meetings were scheduled in advance by LMB. Over 90 meetings occurred between bicyclists and legislators and/or their staff. All of the remaining legislators, who were unable to sit down with us person, received a packet of bicycling literature and copy of the legislative priorities.
Advocacy Day participants asked their representatives in Lansing to support our vulnerable user bill to increase penalties for striking or killing a bicyclist, as well as legislation to include bicycle-safety education within drivers education.
Our bicycling legislative agenda also opposed the establishment of county bicycle trails fund to insure that the source of funding for trails on the local government side not be limited to monies derived from a $50 optional bicycle sticker. Bicyclists also expressed opposition to the expansion of ATV use on public lands to insure our state trails remain safe and nonmotorized.
Cyclists also expressed thanks to the legislators for passing a texting while driving ban and the Recreation Passport Law, which will pay for the management of state parks, recreation areas, and forest recreation programs as well as support local units of government on their outdoor recreation projects.
The main focus of the three groups' efforts, however, was new proposed legislation urging a "complete streets" policy in transportation planning. It's part of a national and statewide movement that seeks to have all users of roadways, not just cars and trucks, considered in construction and maintenance projects on state, county and local roads. Over lunch, Michigan Complete Streets Coalition partners Tim Fisher of Michigan Environmental Action Council and Felicia Wasson of AARP spoke about the collaborative project and why Complete Streets are important to their respective members. Advocacy Day participants also filled out comment cards in support of HB 6151 and 6152 (Complete Streets legislation) which were turned in the following day during the House Transportation Committee's hearing on the bills.
Those who could not attend the event were still able to participate through virtual lobbying - they called and emailed their Representatives and Senators to voice their support for Complete Streets.
Although Advocacy Day has come to an end, we encourage Michigan bicyclists to continue to pressure their local Representatives and Senators to support bicycle-friendly initiatives across the state.
- LMB Advocacy Day photos
- Tim Potter Advocacy Day photos
- Josh Duggan Advocacy Day photos (ride to Capitol)
- Josh Duggan Advocacy Day photos (rally on Capitol lawn)
- Metro Times article on Advocacy Day