Registration is now closed for the 2017 Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day. Over 80 bicyclists from across the state will be meeting in person with their representatives to voice their support for important bicycle legislature. If you are unable to attend the event, you can still help out fellow bicyclists by participating in our Virtual Lobbying Day.
GUIDE TO VIRTUAL LOBBYING:
Step 1 - Sign our Action Alert. Go to www.LMB.org/TakeAction and sign our Action Alert. By signing you will send an email directly to your local lawmakers to urge their support for our 5-foot passing law and drivers education improvement bills.
Step 2 - Call your representative. The combination of face-to-face and phone communications in support of the bills will demonstrate a strong and unified Michigan voice. By entering your address at commoncause.org, you can determine who your legislators are and find their phone numbers. Even if you reach a voicemail, please be sure to leave a message! The script below can be used to get the conversation started.
"Hello my name ________ is from __________. I'm calling to support bicycle safety legislation, Senate Bills 123, 124, and 170 and House Bills 4185, 4198, and 4265. I urge you to support and take swift action on this important legislation. Bicycle fatalities increased 57% in 2015 and the Office of Highway and Safety Planning is reporting that they are up an alarming 81% from 2014. This common-sense package, which has broad bipartisan and bicameral support, will help prevent more needless tragedies. As one of your constituents, I believe that this legislation is important because ____________. Thank you for your time."
Step 3 - Share. Invite your cycling friends and loved ones to participate in Virtual Lobbying Day. Social media can be a powerful tool. Post "I'm participating in the League of Michigan Bicyclists' Virtual Lobby Day, and you should too." along with this link: https://goo.gl/2Adx4Y to your social media pages to encourage your friends and followers to join you. Be sure to tag LMB in your posts whenever possible!
Remember, there is strength in numbers. With bicycle crashes and fatalities continuing to increase steadily, it is important that we get as many calls and emails into legislative offices as possible to make an impact. While your fellow cyclists are at the State Capitol this Wednesday, advocating face-to-face for bicycle safety, we hope you'll stand with us by participating wherever you are that day.