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Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day - May 22, 2014

Please save the date for the 2015 Lucinda Bicycle Advocacy Day to be held Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Read our recap and see photos from our 2014 event here.

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Advocacy Day Primer

2014 Issue Papers

The League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Mountain Biking Association and PEAC are pleased to join forces once again for the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day to be held at the State Capitol on Wednesday May 21st, 2014. Volunteers from all four organizations will educate legislators on key policy issues that facilitate a bicycle-friendly Michigan. Lunch will be provided after legislative visits, followed by an optional afternoon ride.

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 Michigan bicycling and the interests of cyclists of all abilities across the state.  We hope that casual riders and die-hards alike will join us in communicating the great importance of bicycling to the Michigan Legislature.

2014 Legislative Priorities include:

  • Protecting vulnerable roadway users by establishing enhanced penalties for injuring or killing cyclists.

  • Establishing a standard for safe passing of bicyclists on Michigan roads.

  • Allowing bicyclists to bypass malfunctioning traffic lights.

  • Supporting the Pure Michigan Trails revision to the Michigan Trailways Act.

  • Preventing the Raid on Natural Resources Trust Fund dollars available for trails projects.

  • Adequately funding safe transportation infrastructure that supports multi-modal use.

  • Including bicycle awareness in Michigan driver’s education.

  • Promoting sustainable transportation funding for Michigan.

  • Defending bicyclists rights on the roads.

  • Speaking up for speed limit standards that take the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians into consideration.

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Tentative Schedule:

8:00 am - Bike rally leaves Municipal Park
8:20 am - Bike rally arrives at State Capitol with group photo to immediately follow.

8:45 am - Check-in, welcome, issue overview & questions
10:00 am - Meetings with Representatives and Senators
12:30 pm - Lunch on Capitol grounds

- Presentation of May is Bike Month Resolution
- LMB Annual Meeting & Annual Award Presentation

 
1:30 pm - "Lansing by Bicycle" *

*NOTE: Advocacy Day happens to fall on the same day as Ride of Silence this year. Advocacy Day concludes after lunch with an optional ride, which will give most participants ample time to return to their respective communities to participate in their local Ride of Silence events. Participants are also welcome to stick around Lansing after Advocacy Day and participate in the Capitol Area Ride of Silence event that evening. Please see the Advocacy Primer for more information about the afternoon ride.

Price:
Registration for Advocacy Day is $12 and includes lunch.

Preparation:
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.

Please carefully review the current legislative priorities prior to the event by downloading the 2014 Issue Papers. The Advocacy Day Primer will answer most of your questions. We will also provide you additional guidance and walk you through the "asks" on the day of the event. Reviewing the Primer and the Issue Papers should prepare you for Advocacy Day. After reviewing the materials, please direct any additional questions to John Lindenmayer by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 1-888-642-4537.

*Start Location:
Please note that Advocacy Day no longer starts from MSU Bikes, but rather starts from Municipal Park on the corner of Kalamazoo and Clippert in Lansing, Michigan. Municipal Park has ample parking, bathrooms, and is right off of 127/496. Click here for directions and a map are here.

Bike Parking:
There will be portable bike parking set up at the Capitol courtesy of the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (Mid-MEAC). While the bikes will be watched throughout the day, we strongly encourage you to bring a lock.

Registration:
Registration now closed!

Please do not hesitate to send any questions to John Lindenmayer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

10 Reasons to Attend Advocacy Day
Besides getting showered with gratitude from Michigan cycling organizations for playing an essential role in shaping bicycling policy in Michigan, here are 10 reasons to register today for the 2014 Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day

1It’s a great way to celebrate Bike Month. In fact, you’ll be there for our annual Bike Month proclamation from the Legislature.

2You’ll help build on past successes, like Michigan’s Complete Streets law and our right turn signal victory, which both have roots in Advocacy Day.

3It’s a great day to spend with friends united around a common passion – bicycling.

4By being part of the democratic process, you’ll have a big impact on issues that affect the enjoyment of your sport and active lifestyle.

5You’ll have the opportunity to ride Michigan’s “Main Street” (Michigan Ave.) to the Capitol and cruise the Capitol City by bike.

6It’s not “us vs. them”…talking with lawmakers allows you to relate to them better and gives you a sense of the tough decisions they face everyday.

7You’ll be the first to congratulate LMB’s 2014 Award recipients at our lunch reception. (Oh, and lunch is always delicious too!)

8It’s all about safety – Help us enact a safe passing distance law  and establish stiffer penalties for drivers who injure cyclists.

9More places to ride – Help create new trail funding opportunities and protect current funding sources.

10Better roads = better bicycling, it’s that simple! Legislators need to hear bicyclists’ perspective on why sustainable transportation funding is important.

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