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Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day - May 24, 2017

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Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity for road cyclists and trail users of all abilities – casual riders and die-hards alike – to speak with one voice to help make Michigan bicycling better. Hosted by the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) in partnership with the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Mountain Biking Association and PEAC this collaborative effort brings supporters of all four organizations together to educate legislators on key policy issues that facilitate a more bicycle-friendly Michigan.

This year, Advocacy Day will take place on Wednesday, May 24th, at the State Capitol in Lansing.

Registration for Advocacy Day 2017 is now closed. If you'd still like to attend, please call the LMB office at (517) 334-9100. Thank you for your interest!


About Lucinda Means

Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day is hosted annually in honor of Lucinda J. Means, League of Michigan Bicyclists’ (LMB) first paid Executive Director. Lucinda was a vigorous advocate for bicyclists and worked tirelessly to promote and improve bicycling throughout Michigan.

The first Advocacy Day was in 2006. It was inspired by the 2005 celebration of Lucinda's life. On a cold, drizzling day in May 2005, cyclists from across Michigan participated in a bicycle parade to the State Capitol in memory of Lucinda. Advocacy Day is now held annually in May as part of Michigan Bike Month.

Legislative Priorities include (subject to change):

  • Gaining support from lawmakers for SB 0123 and HB 4185, which will establish a state-wide standard of five-feet for safely passing a bicyclists on the roadway.
  • Gaining Support for SB 0124 and HB 4198, which will require a minimum of one hour of instruction specifically pertaining to vulnerable roadway users, including bicyclists, as part of drivers education training.
  • Setting classifications for electric bicycles, or E-bikes, in order to clarify usage of trails and roadways.
  • Seeking sponsors for reintroduction of HB 5717 of 2016, which 

    would 

    clarify the definition of an obstructed license plate to ensure a 

    bicycle rack or hitch mounted device is not grounds for a traffic 

    stop.

  • To download the our 2017 legislative priority guide, click here.

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 and presentation of May is Bike Month Resolution

This year, as E-bikes are one of the issues being discussed, we will also have an E-bike demonstration in addition to the regular legislative meetings. Participants will have the chance to try one out to understand them from a bicyclist's perspective. We will also have the ever-popular fat-tire bicycles for your added enjoyment!

Price:
Registration for Advocacy Day is $15 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.

We are currently updating our issue papers, so please check back soon for more detailed information. The Advocacy Day Primer will answer most of your general 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 517-334-9100.

*Start Location:
Advocacy Day starts at Municipal Park at 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.

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.

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. .

 








    

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