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LMB Welcomes Two New Staff

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  • Published on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:28
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LMB is excited to welcome two new staff members as we gear up for 2019! Matt and Jason come to us with strong experience as both bicyclists and communicators. They’re a valuable addition to our team and have hit the ground running (or rolling) as we prepare our 2019 Ride Calendar, our Fall issue of Michigan Bicyclist magazine, and a new LMB website launch.

Communications Director: Matt Penniman

MattPenniman smMatt is a skilled writer and communicator. He’s also a seasoned bike rider and regular commuter, whose experience on two wheels is marked by an eagerness to explore. He started his career in the nonprofit world at Allen Neighborhood Center, later serving as a technology consultant with the Power of We Consortium, a communication strategist for MessageMakers, and a project administrator at MSU before coming to LMB. He loves to ride the Lansing River Trail, sing with a small early music group, and read sci-fi in his spare time. Matt lives with his wife Jill, daughters Vivian (7) and Cecilia (3), their cat Fancy, and five bicycles on the west side of Lansing. His preferred commuter bike is a Fuji Sagres. Contact him any time with questions, comments, ideas or inquiries at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Development Director: Jason Craner

JasonCraner smAfter more than 20 years on the radio, Jason started using his storytelling experience to create multimedia giving and membership campaigns for a non-profit network in West Michigan. In 2010, he was part of the Ride-for-Life team that raised awareness and nearly $50,000 in funding for Lakeshore Positive Options as they pedaled more than 1,100 miles from Holland, MI to Dallas, TX. Jason also joined LMB in 2017 as a rider on Shoreline West. When he’s not on his bike, you’ll find Jason with his wife Danielle, and three children: Amelia (13), Ian (10), and Seth (9).  Jason looks forward to sharing LMB’s story with you! Get in touch with him any time at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Micro-Grant In Action: Bike Friendly Soo

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  • Published on Friday, 05 October 2018 16:06
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DSCN1480For the second year, LMB was privileged to help foster the growth of bicycling initiatives around the state through a Micro-Grant Program. This year, LMB was able to narrow down the applicants to 14 amazing organizations with unique programs that promote bicycling or bicycling safety in their area. We are pleased to share their stories and how the Micro-Grant funds are helping them further their own missions, moving us all toward a more bicycle friendly state.

One of the Micro-Grant recipients is Bike Friendly Soo (BFS), a Sault St. Marie-based organization. BFS received a Micro-Grant fund for their bike rodeo to provide helmets to outfit children in their community. BFS along with Lake Superior State University and Sault Police Department were pleased to inform us of the overall positive outcome of their recent bike safety rodeo which was held on June 2nd. Thank you to Vice Chair, Emily Weber, of BFS for telling their story.

C- Users Jenny Desktop Elly Micro-Grant-Pics 2018 New-folder DSCN1480"We successfully reached our goal of educating our young riders and their parents about how to bike safely in our community. The bike rodeo was designed to be a family-focused event where participants were given a handbook to visit a series of stations to learn about bike maintenance, bike safety, ride an obstacle course, and create a bike-related craft all of which helped impact ridership and safety. The stomp rockets that the children made from repurposed bike tubes were an absolute hit! Once the handbook was completed, children were treated to a root beer float donated by our local Soo Brewing Co.

BFS really felt we reached the youth in various ways to advertise the event and feel we will grow from here. LMB bike safety pamphlets, with a 'save the date' flyer, were sent to every k-5 student in our area schools. BFS members were on the radio twice, a Facebook event page was created, posters were up downtown, and an article was placed in the paper (Sault News). The League of Michigan Bicyclists was properly mentioned, and a logo was present in these ways as a means of advertising.

Our Sault Ste Marie community continues to amaze us. The support we received was very encouraging. LMB joined other committed partners such as Capstone Leadership Solutions, Parker Ace Hardware, Soo Brewing Company, Pro Sports, Eagle Radio 95.1, Wicked Sister, Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, Lake Superior State University, and Sault Police Department.

BFS once again thanks LMB for having the confidence in our group to be a recipient of the 2018 Micro-Grant."

For more information on the Micro-Grant program and the other 2018 projects, visit: https://bit.ly/2PoAFOe

New Roadway Safety Law Goes Into Effect Today

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  • Published on Thursday, 27 September 2018 14:06
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Starting today, September 27, 2018, drivers must give a minimum of 3-feet of room while passing bicyclists on Michigan roadways. The new Public Act was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and were signed into law by Governor Snyder on June, 29 2018.

Web 3ftPA 279 of 2018 requires a motorist attempting to overtake a bicyclist traveling in the same direction to give at least three feet of distance between the bicyclist until they have safely cleared the bicyclist.

Working with our membership and organizational partners, the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) led the charge to enact this common-sense safety measure. "This is a major first step to educate the public and improve bicycle safety in Michigan. We are encouraged to see the overwhelming support from lawmakers, law enforcement, and the general public for this new law," said John Lindenmayer, LMB Executive Director. "Bicyclists on the roads are not just bicyclists, they are moms and dads, brothers and sisters, best friends, neighbors, and co-workers – they are people in our communities trying to safely navigate our streets. They also are vulnerable roadway users. These new laws recognize this and help to create a safer environment for all roadway users in Michigan."

Violations of PA 279 of 2018 is a civil infraction resulting in a fine and three points on the motorist's record.

Until today, Michigan was one of only 11 states without a safe passing law. "We were really lagging behind other states on this issue," said Lindenmayer. Michigan saw a significant spike in bicycle fatalities in 2016, with 38 cyclists killed on Michigan roads. This was nearly double over the previous year. According to the Office of Safety Planning, 21 bicyclists were killed in crashes on Michigan roadways in 2017 and another 1,356 were injured. "We are encouraged that bicycle fatalities are down and optimistic that this new safe passing will help continue that trend since a significant portion of crashes and fatalities involve a motorist striking a cyclist from behind."

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Shoreline West 2018 Recap

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  • Published on Wednesday, 22 August 2018 17:15
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shoreline2018Shoreline West 2018 was once again a week of great cycling. The 32nd year of this bicycle tour brought together over 470 cyclists to ride along the beautiful Lake Michigan coastline.

The tour began in Montague, MI, where cyclists set up camp and had an option to swim in Duck Lake or, for the braver folks, take a chilly dip in Lake Michigan! The rest of the night was spent exploring the town and becoming acquainted with fellow riders. 

The first day's ride to Ludington passed lighthouses and the famous Cherry Market where riders indulged in their annual cherry turnover or two. From there, riders conquered Arcadia hill, aka Watermelon Hill, where they were given fresh, juicy watermelon as their prize for making the climb. After they arrived at the day's destination, Frankfort, many cyclists also visited Stormcloud Brewing Company for a cold beer after a big day of riding. 

SW2018Traverse City was the next destination, where riders had a day off to enjoy all of the sight-seeing and activities in the Traverse Bay area. After everyone had a day to rest their legs, riders headed to Charlevoix, passing orchards and large, beautiful sunflower fields, a favorite spot for a photo op along the route. From Charlevoix to Harbor Springs, cyclists were encouraged to participate in "Spirit Day' sporting their favorite jersey to support their college, business, or club. 

The last day brought riders to Mackinaw City, but not before riding through the historic and protected, "tunnel of trees", 20 miles of breathtaking Michigan wilderness. Riders were given a week of beautiful Michigan summer weather, leaving everyone a little sad to say goodbye to Shoreline West 2018. 

Thank you again to the amazing volunteers and cyclists who came out to make this year's tour one to remember!

Michigan’s Safe Passing Law FAQ

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  • Published on Monday, 23 July 2018 15:30
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Last Update: 8/7/2018

On June 29, 2018, Governor Snyder Signed HB 4265 (Hughes), 4185 (Bizon), and 4198 (Alexander) into law. PA 279 and 280 of 2018 require motorists to give three feet of space as they pass bicyclists on the roadways. PA 277 of 2018 improves drivers education in Michigan to put a greater emphasis on bicycle safety.


safe-passing-graphicWhere can I read the public acts? 
To find the full text of the adopted laws, put in the numbers at www.legislature.mi.gov. Here is a basic breakdown of the new laws:

PA 280 of 2018 requires a motorist attempting to overtake a bicyclist traveling in the same direction to the left of the vehicle give at least three feet of distance to the right of the bicyclist until they have safely cleared the bicyclist.

(2) The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right only under conditions permitting the overtaking and passing in safety. The driver of a vehicle shall not overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right by driving off the pavement or main-traveled portion of the roadway.
(3) The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction shall, when otherwise permitted by this section, pass at a distance of 3 feet to the right of that bicycle or, if it is impracticable to pass the bicycle at a distance of 3 feet to the right, at a safe distance to the right of that bicycle at a safe speed.
(4) A person who violates this section is responsible for a civil infraction.

 

PA 279 of 2018 requires a motorist attempting to overtake a bicyclist traveling in the same direction give at least three feet to the left of the bicyclist as they pass until they have safely passed the bicyclist. The motorist may drive to the left of the center of the highway to pass a bicyclist if it is safe to do so, regardless of if the vehicle is in a no-passing zone.

(2) The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction shall pass at a safe distance of at least 3 feet to the left of that bicycle or, if it is impracticable to pass the bicycle at a distance of 3 feet to the left, at a safe distance to the left of that bicycle at a safe speed, and when safely clear of the overtaken bicycle shall take up a position as near the right-hand edge of the main traveled portion of the highway as is practicable.
(3) Notwithstanding section 640, if it is safe to do so, the driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction may overtake and pass the bicycle in a no-passing zone.
(4) A person who violates this section is responsible for a civil infraction.

 

This new law addresses how to safely pass when a bicyclist is traveling in the left lane. This can occur when a bicyclist is riding in the left lane of a one way street, or crossing into the left lane when preparing to make a left turn. This law does not allow motorists to pass to the right of a bicyclist when they are riding as far to the right as practicable or taking the lane. The Michigan Vehicle code already prohibits motorists to leave the roadway onto the shoulder to pass a vehicle, including a bicyclist.

PA 277 of 2018 requires drivers education curriculum to include no less than one hour of classroom time devoted to laws pertaining to bicyclists, motorcyclists, and other vulnerable roadway users, including pedestrians. The laws of this state pertaining to bicyclists, motorcyclists, and other vulnerable roadway users shall also be incorporated to other parts of the drivers education curriculum where appropriate.

(iv) Classroom instruction shall include not less than 1 hour of information concerning the laws pertaining to bicycles, motorcycles, and other vulnerable roadway users, including pedestrians, and shall emphasize awareness of their operation on the streets, roads, and highways of this state. The laws of this state pertaining to awareness of bicycles, motorcycles, and other vulnerable roadway users, including pedestrians, shall also be incorporated into other subject areas of the curriculum where appropriate.

Why are there two safe passing laws?
PA 280 of 2018 deals with passing a bicyclist to their left while PA 279 of 2018 deals with passing a bicyclist on their right. Passing a cyclist on their left is the more common scenario. Under Michigan law, however, bicyclists are allowed to travel as far to the left as practicable on one-way roads. Drivers may also find themselves to the right of a bicyclist on multi-lane roads when that cyclist moves away from the right-hand edge of the road to position themselves to make a turn. Other exceptions are outlined in MCL Section 257.660a. This new law does not give drivers the right to pass bicyclists on the right by using the shoulder of the road. This remains illegal and extremely dangerous.

I heard there is an exception to the three-foot law. Can you explain that?
Yes, the language states, “if it is impracticable to pass the bicycle at a distance of 3 feet to the left, at a safe distance to the left of that bicycle at a safe speed, and when safely clear of the overtaken bicycle shall take up a position as near the right-hand edge of the main traveled portion of the highway as is practicable.” LMB fought to have this exception removed but ultimately the language remained in the final version of the legislation. LMB will continue to advocate to strengthen the safe passing law in future legislative sessions.

What happened to five feet?
The legislation was originally introduced as a five-foot passing standard. LMB advocated to retain the wider distance, but as with most legislation, considerable compromise was required in order to advance it through the legislative process. Going from a five-foot requirement to a three-foot one, as well as the addition of the “at a safe distance” language, came after a difficult battle. Throughout the process of getting this legislation passed, various amendments were proposed that could have actually made things worse for bicyclists, despite the intent of the legislation. Suggested amendments included the removal of a specific numerical distance entirely from the law, while another modified it to be five feet from the edge of the road, not five feet from the cyclist. One proposal suggested making the passing law seasonal, while another pushed to exempt drivers from having to safely pass if the cyclist was in a bike lane. Additionally, there was support for language that gave drivers two warnings before receiving points for a violation. In the face of these problematic proposals, a compromise was reached to codify three feet as the minimum distance to pass a bicyclist and to include the “at a safe distance” language. While this is ultimately not what LMB originally set out to enact, we believe PA 279 and 280 of 2018 are an important first step to improve public safety. LMB remains optimistic that the new laws provide a strong foundation for future legislation to make Michigan bicycling safer. There is still room for improvement on these issues and LMB looks forward to continuing to work with our membership to push for strong bicycle-friendly policies.

Can a motorist pass a bicyclist in a no-passing zone?
Yes, as long as it is safe to do so. PA 280 of 2018 states, “Notwithstanding section 640, if it is safe to do so, the driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction may overtake and pass the bicycle in a no-passing zone.”  While drivers are allowed to straddle the centerline as they pass a bicyclist, LMB recommends a complete lane change whenever it is possible and reminds drivers that it is their responsibility to ensure the oncoming lane is free of traffic, including bicyclists traveling in the opposite direction.

Does the three-foot rule apply when bicyclists ride two abreast?
Yes. According to MCL Section 257.660b, bicyclists can lawfully ride two abreast: “Two or more individuals operating bicycles upon a highway or street shall not ride more than two abreast except upon a path or portion of the highway or street set aside for the use of bicycles.” Drivers should give three feet of space between them and the bicyclist furthest in the lane. Bicyclists should not ride more than two abreast.

Does the three-foot rule apply if a bicyclist is traveling in a bike lane?
Yes, drivers must give three feet of space regardless of if the bicyclist is in the roadway, shoulder, or in a bike lane.

What is the punishment for passing with less than three feet of space?
An improper passing ticket is a three-point violation and is a civil infraction under MCL 257.636. There is no jail sentence for civil infractions. Civil infraction fees are set by local jurisdictions, but the range, based on the Supreme Court Recommended Range of Civil Fines and Costs for First-Time Civil Infractions for an improper passing ticket is $99-$117. Examples of local improper passing tickets, if paid on time, include Detroit ($130), Grand Rapids ($124, and for all accidents, add $30), Ingham County ($125), Ann Arbor ($140), Kalamazoo ($115), Marquette ($125), and Midland ($135). Since improper passing is a moving violation, the court fines go to the local court, and the fees go to fund Michigan libraries.

Is this law enforceable?
Yes. Unsafe passing can be enforced similar to other moving violations such as speeding, careless driving, seatbelt violations, failure to stop, etc. An officer that witnesses an unsafe pass can issue a ticket or warning. Likewise, a driver who actually hits a bicyclist during a pass could be issued a citation, in addition to other moving violations. Additionally, other states and communities with safe passing laws have found effective ways to perform targeted enforcement campaigns aimed at educating the public. The City of Grand Rapids is the first municipality in Michigan to equip police officers with handlebar mounted ultrasonic radar detectors capable of capturing the passing distance between vehicles and bicycles.

Can a cyclist make a complaint against a driver who passes too close?
Yes. However, because law enforcement did not witness the infraction, the driver will not necessarily be issued a ticket. Regardless, LMB recommends recording the driver’s license plate and filling out an incident report against drivers who pass dangerously close. Doing this establishes a pattern of behavior against these motorists. In the event law enforcement does witness a close pass, having a recorded history of violating the law could result in more severe consequences. Additionally, reporting close passers puts law enforcement on notice to take proactive efforts to educate the public and enforce the law.


Will this law strengthen legal avenues for a bicyclist that gets hit by a motorist? What if the bicyclist loses control because they get buzzed by a driver?
Yes. A crash that occurs due to a motorist passing too closely is clearly a violation of the law, meaning it is subject to the penalties associated with that infraction on top of any penalties resulting from other factors contributing to the crash.

Is the distance measured three feet from the bicycle’s handlebar to the vehicle’s side-view mirror?
Yes. The distance is measured from the widest part of the vehicle and the bicycle.

Do the various local five-foot ordinances still stand? Can other cities in Michigan still opt for five feet in their jurisdiction?
Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Twp, Muskegon, Norton Shores, Oshtemo Twp, and Portage have all adopted five-foot passing ordinances. LMB has received conflicting opinions as to whether these local ordinances remain in effect or if new local ordinances can be enacted. Though it remains unclear at this time, LMB’s interpretation of existing case law is that local ordinances can stay in effect. LMB will continue to monitor and research this issue.

How will motorists become informed about the new safe passing laws?
LMB is launching a campaign to disseminate information about the new laws to bicyclists, law enforcement, and the public at large. As a first step, new yard signs and stickers will be available for purchase with proceeds supporting our efforts to educate the public. LMB will work with the SOS to ensure that information about the new laws is incorporated into the drivers education curriculum.

Additionally, a national three-foot passing sign standard is under development and should be available for use by Michigan road agencies in 2019.

How can I help? Can I make a contribution?
Donations to help fund our safe passing campaign are always appreciated. You can make a contribution at www.LMB.org/safepassing. As always, joining or renewing your membership or making a donation help to fund all of our education and advocacy work. Additionally, proceeds from the sale of LMB’s safe passing yard signs will directly fund our efforts to inform the public about the new laws. Supporters can find information on how to join, donate, or purchase yard signs at www.LMB.org.

Bikes on Trains on Amtrak Wolverine Line

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  • Published on Monday, 23 July 2018 11:53
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Bikes-on-TrainsThe Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Amtrak invited LMB and local bicyclists to three press events launching bicycle service on Amtrak’s Wolverine line. Bicycles will now be accepted on the Amtrak Wolverine Service (Trains 350-355), with three daily round-trips between Pontiac and Chicago, via Detroit, Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Jackson and other stops. The press events will take place at the Amtrak stations in Dearborn, Ann Arbor, and Kalamazoo on July 25th, 2018. Bicyclists from Dearborn, Ann Arbor, and Kalamazoo are also invited to show their support by attending the event in their area. More information about the press events can be found in MDOT’s press release regarding the event.

Read more: Bikes on Trains on Amtrak Wolverine Line

MUP Tour 2018 Recap

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  • Published on Friday, 20 July 2018 09:15
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This year, LMB hosted our largest Michigan's Upper Peninsula (MUP) Tour ever with over 180 cyclists attending the week-long ride. Our youngest cyclist was only 11 years and the oldest cyclist was 81 years and still strong as ever! 

DSC 0238The tour began in St. Ignace, MI, with a free-day that gave riders a chance to plan their own adventures on their first day in the U.P. Many took a ferry to Mackinac Island where bicyclists rode around the island, enjoyed the car-free environment, and of course, fudge. The next day, riders said a temporary goodbye to the breathtaking sights of the Mackinac Bridge to conquer the longest day to Newberry, riding 68 miles!

Read more: MUP Tour 2018 Recap

Sunrise Adventure Tour 2018 Recap

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  • Published on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:34
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wineOur Sunrise Adventure Tour wrapped up last weekend in the quaint city of Alpena. Over the June 14-17 weekend, a total of 115 riders joined us, including locals from Alpena as well as cyclists across the country.

The weekend kicked off with a wine and cheese reception at the local marine museum, overlooking Thunder Bay River. Cyclists got acquainted with one another over a glass of wine from Thunder Bay Winery.

Read more: Sunrise Adventure Tour 2018 Recap

Safe Passing & Drivers Ed Bills On Way to Governor

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  • Published on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:39
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IMG 3022WE DID IT! LMB is very pleased that HB 4198, 4265, and 4185 were voted out of the State Senate and House on June 12, 2018, and are now awaiting signature by Governor Snyder. Collectively, these bills codify three feet as the minimum distance a motorist must give a bicyclist as they overtake them on the roadways and improve driver’s education in Michigan to put a greater emphasis on bicycle safety.

Below is a summary of each of the bills' contents.

HB 4265 (Hughes) will require a motorist attempting to overtake a bicyclist traveling in the same direction give at least three feet to the left of the bicyclist as they pass until they have safely passed the bicyclist. If three feet is impracticable, the motorist must pass at a safe distance to the left of the bicyclist at a safe speed. The motorist may drive to the left of the center of the highway to pass a bicyclist if it is safe to do so, regardless of if the vehicle is in a no-passing zone.

HB 4185 (Bizon) will require a motorist attempting to overtake a bicyclist traveling in the same direction to the left of a vehicle give at least three feet of distance to the right of the bicyclist until they have safely cleared the bicyclist.

HB 4198 (Alexander) will require driver’s education curriculums to include no less than one hour of classroom time devoted to laws pertaining to bicyclists, motorcyclists, and other vulnerable roadway users including pedestrians. The laws of this state pertaining to bicyclists, motorcyclists, and other vulnerable roadway users shall also be incorporated to other parts of the driver’s education curriculum where appropriate.

Now that the bills have passed, they will be presented to the Governor within one week. The Governor will then have 14 days to sign them into Public Acts. The Secretary of State will have 90 days to develop an upgraded compliant curriculum. LMB will assist the Secretary of State in this process. 

As part of this package of legislation SB 330 (O'Brien) also passed out of the State Legislature. This expands Michigan’s law punishing drivers without a valid operator license who cause the death or serious bodily injury of another person to now also apply to out-of-state drivers.

It has been a hard-fought battle to get these bills passed. Though it took considerable compromise to get this legislation to the finish line, we are optimistic that the final versions of this bill provide a foundation for future legislation that will make Michigan bicycling safer. We are not done yet, there is still room for improvement on these issues. We look forward to continuing to work for strong bicycle-friendly policies.

Thank you to Representatives Hughes, Alexander, and Bizon, as well as Senators O'Brien and Knezek, for their leadership on these issues.

Finally, thank you to everyone who signed our Action Alerts, contacted your representatives, showed up to the hearings, came to Advocacy Day, or otherwise supported this legislation. Your efforts have paid off!

HUB Fest 2018

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  • Published on Monday, 04 June 2018 13:57
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DSC 0110-1This past weekend, June 9, LMB held our second annual Hadrian's Ultimate Bicycle Fest (HUB Fest). Thank you to our sponsors Brazeway, Bike Law Michigan, Velocity, Visit Lenawee, Adrian Locksmith and Cyclery, Adrian Steel, Cycle Safe, Inc., and Plastic Omnium as well as all of our volunteers for helping us to make this event a success!

The average age of riders was 39 years old with our oldest being 76 and our youngest at age 2. Our furthest traveled cyclists were coming to join us all the way from Dallas Center, Iowa. In total HUB Fest attracted 221 riders to Adrian.

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May $1 Per Rider Events 2018

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DPRnewThere are many ways to enjoy the spring cycling weather and give back while you ride; we invite you to check out this month’s $1 per Rider Events! The organizers of these rides have pledged to donate $1 to LMB for every person who registers for their event. Those dollars add up quickly and help tremendously in LMB’s education and advocacy work. We hope you will help support us, simply by registering for one of the stellar events below this month!

KBC’s Bike Camp
Portage
05/09/18 - 06/02/18
The Kalamazoo Bicycle Club's 13th annual Bike Camp is an opportunity for adults and minors ages 12 and older to learn skills necessary to ride safely and competently on the road. All the bases are covered. We fit each person individually to their bike for greater comfort, efficiency, and injury prevention.
We teach basic bike maintenance skills, so you can keep your bike working properly and safely.
We show you how to dress for biking to stay comfortable in any weather.
We review the laws applying to bicycle use on public roads,
We teach the riding skills necessary to be safer on the road.
We give information regarding fitness techniques, training, and attaining goals.
And, at each session we do group rides at your ability level led by experienced riders to put all your new knowledge into practice.
http://kalamazoobicycleclub.org

Huron River Cruise
Okemos
05/12/18
A mellow out-and-back (with a bit of climbing) from Okemos (a suburb of Lansing) to Ann Arbor, following the Huron River on low traffic roads with 6 miles of gravel.
http://detroitrandonneurs.org/

Women’s Mountain Bike Getaway
Traverse City
05/18/18 - 05/20/18
Ladies, let’s practice our skills together! Our tour guide Sarah Slade has been a mountain biker for years, teaching the skills in two states and riding quite a bit. She's written a plan for a women-only event, and will be joined by Kelly Hibbert, our downstate mountain biker and water skiing champ. This weekend is designed to be 'girls only' allowing you to ride in a non-competitive setting. We do have a companion event for boys, so if you're married to one, bring him along).
http://www.biketourvacations.com

The Grand Traverse Weekend Getaway
Traverse City
05/18/18 - 05/20/18
Here's something new, we're going to Traverse City for the weekend, and you should come along! This event includes an optional Friday afternoon ride around Traverse, then Saturday an out & back loop of Old Mission Peninsula with stunning views of Grand Traverse Bay. On Sunday, enjoy a traffic-free ride on the TART trail to Sutton's Bay.You know the area is full of great sights to see off your bike, and we've got a list to choose from. There are wineries all around, some super brew pubs, and wonderful dining options. Half our riding is on paved paths, and the other half on quiet roads on Old Mission Peninsula, so it's safe for the whole family.
http://www.biketourvacations.com

The Kal-Haven Trail Tour
Kalamazoo
05/19/18 - 05/20/18
Start the season with us, and ride the Kal-Haven Trail out & back, with an overnight stay in South Haven! We'll carry your luggage, provide lunch each day, plus a pizza dinner Saturday. Tour leader Jon will have scheduled sag stops along the way, and Ride Guide Mitch will be cycling with you to be sure no one is left behind. This traffic-free trail ride is a great beginning to your 2018 bike season.
http://www.biketourvacations.com

Tour of Detroit
Commerce Twp
05/19/18
An interesting and diverse route that explores the Metro Detroit area. Starting in Wixom then heading North and East to Jefferson Ave., we then follow the lake to Belle Isle where we take a loop on the Grand Prix circuit, we continue following the river to Groose Isle where take a look at Canada. We continue by going thru the Lower Huron Metro Parks. Ann Arbour, then Chelsea, before we head north to Pinckney, the East to Whitmore Lake before heading back. An APC Certified Brevet.
http://detroitrandonneurs.org/

Gold Spike Trail Tour IV
Grand Rapids
05/26/18
The Gold Spike Trail Tour IV offers cyclists of all abilities a chance to explore the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail and the Musketawa Trail. Come enjoy this early season ride and visit our SAG stops offered at Marne, Conklin, Ravenna and Muskegon. We begin at the Meijer Headquarters parking lot in Walker. Ride distances of 10, 20.5, 37, 62 miles or turnaround at your leisure. We will offer water and light snacks. Ride t-shirt offered until the cut-off date.
http://www.musketawatrail.com

Holy Spokes
Oscoda
05/26/18
A great spring ride through the countryside. Ride lengths for any fitness level. 9, 20, and 55 miles. Volunteers at every turn to guide/support riders. Proceeds benefit the youth group for a domestic mission/service trip. Come see the Sunrise Side!! FB "Holy Spokes Bike Ride." This will be our 7th Annual. $25 per rider. 200 maximum riders. Police escort for the start of the ride Door prizes and food at the end of the ride.
http://www.oscodaumc.weebly.com

For more about our Dollar Per Rider Program and upcoming summer events, click here

May is Bike Month - Support LMB

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  • Published on Monday, 30 April 2018 13:48
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2018-bike-month-graphicBike Month is the perfect time to renew your commitment to making Michigan bicycling better.

Our education and advocacy work is solely for the benefit of bicyclists all over the state, whether you are a road cyclist, mountain biker, or just a casual recreational rider. We hope you will consider taking this opportunity to help further our mission.
 
There are lots of ways to get involved. The easiest is to become a member. A strong membership increases our influence at the State Capitol; every member helps amplify our mission. You can also choose to donate or set up an automatic recurring donation. We could not do our work without the donations of generous individuals who choose to support us with a gift.
 
Read more: May is Bike Month - Support LMB

Micro-Grant In Action: Tour de Troit

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  • Published on Wednesday, 04 April 2018 12:55
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For the first time ever, LMB helped to foster the growth of bicycling initiatives around the state with the launch of a Micro-Grant Program. The response to the program was overwhelming. This year, LMB was able to narrow down the applicants to ten amazing organizations with unique programs that promote bicycling or bicycling safety in their area. We are pleased to share their stories and how the Micro-Grant funds are helping them further their own missions, moving us all toward a more bicycle friendly state.

One of the Micro Grant recipients is Tour de Troit, a Detroit organization that promotes healthy living through running, bicycling and bicycle safety. They work to educate citizens, host public events, and collaborate with community and government organizations to support non-motorized infrastructure. 

This project will install 6 public bicycle repair stands and pumps in the city of Hamtramck and the adjacent Banglatown/Davison neighborhood in the city of Detroit. This project has the potential to positively impact a repairstanddiverse low-income population, many of whom rely on their bicycle as a primary form of transportation and might not be able to afford service at a bicycle shop.

To learn more about LMB's Micro-Grant Program, please visit www.LMB.org/MicroGrant 

 

 

Announcing Launch of 2018 Micro-Grant Program

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  • Published on Friday, 30 March 2018 13:36
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Micro-Grant-Badge FinalLMB is thrilled to announce that the Micro-Grant program is back, and now accepting proposals through May 4th, 2018!

The Micro-Grant Program will provide financial assistance to individuals and organizations who implement creative projects that promote bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on Michigan roadways. Micro-Grant funds will be awarded annually in May in celebration of National Bike Month.

Grants ranged from $200 - $2000. The Micro-Grants are small by design in order to support innovation and encourage groups who may have limited resources to dedicate towards fund development. Micro-Grant funds can be used to support start-up projects or to help existing efforts reach their next milestone. The application and reporting processes are designed to be short, simple, and unintimidating. We want you to focus on your campaigns, not filling out extraneous paperwork!
 
In 2017, LMB granted up to $12,000 in Micro-Grants. The Micro-Grants are funded by the proceeds of LMB Tours.
 
 

 

April $1 Per Rider Events 2018

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  • Published on Thursday, 29 March 2018 14:06
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DPRnewThere are many ways to enjoy the spring cycling weather and give back while you ride; we invite you to check out this month’s $1 per Rider Events! The organizers of these rides have pledged to donate $1 to LMB for every person who registers for their event. Those dollars add up quickly and help tremendously in LMB’s education and advocacy work. We hope you will help support us, simply by registering for one of the stellar events below this month!

Northeast Populaire
Huntington Woods
04/07/18
Let's get started for another cycling season! We head North from the Detroit riverfront along a frequently used cycling corridor to Auburn Hills, then head east following the Clinton River to Lake St. Claire, and then follow Jefferson Avenue back. A RUSA Certified event.
http://detroitrandonneurs.org/

200K West
Canton
04/21/18
This is a very scenic route starting in Canton heading west to Ann Arbor, Dexter and Chelsea, then north to Fowlerville, returning thru Brighton, South Lyon and Northville. An ACP Certified Brevet
http://detroitrandonneurs.org/

Founders Barry-Roubaix
Hastings
04/21/18
Kick off your 2018 cycling season on April 21st with The Founders Barry-Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race, the largest gravel road race in the world!Like the classic it’s named after, Barry-Roubaix will test riders against (80%) rolling gravel roads, pavement, one mile of rough two track, rocks, sand, mud, and possibly snow and ice as you traverse the scenic roads of Barry County.
http://www.barry-roubaix.com

HB 4198 Passes Out of Committee

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  • Published on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 15:19
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HB4158---3We are thrilled to share that the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure voted unanimously today in favor of our driver's education improvement bill, HB 4198.

The legislation, introduced by Representative Julie Alexander, would require at least one hour of driver's education classroom instruction to include laws pertaining to bicycles, motorcycles, and other vulnerable roadway users, including pedestrians. The bill would further require driver's education instruction to incorporate bicycles, motorcycles, and other vulnerable roadway users into other subject areas of the driver's education curriculum.

The bill was put to a vote after a workgroup on bicycle safety, formed by Committee Chairman Representative Triston Cole in late 2017, recommended an amendment that addresses which segments of the driver's education curriculum instruction beyond the one hour minimum should be incorporated into.

HB 4198 now moves to the House floor for a vote.

We would like to thank the members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Chairman Cole, and members of the bicycle safety workgroup for their leadership on this important matter.

Thank you to everyone who took action in support of this legislation! We are one step closer to signing this bill into law because of you. We have more work to do, please continue to be involved as the legislative process moves on.

The House Committee on Infrastructure and Transportation also heard testimony on other bicycle safety bills, HB 4185 and 4265, at previous hearings. These bills would codify 5 feet as the minimum distance a motorist must give a bicyclist as they pass them on the roadway. The bills were reviewed by the Committee's bicycle workgroup, but the Committee has not put the bills to a vote pending further discussion. We will post updates on this matter as soon as we can.

March $1 Per Rider Events 2018

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DPRfinal2018logoThere are many ways to enjoy the fall cycling weather and give back while you ride; we invite you to check out this month’s $1 per Rider Events! The organizers of these rides have pledged to donate $1 to LMB for every person who registers for their event. Those dollars add up quickly and help tremendously in LMB’s education and advocacy work. We hope you will help support us, simply by registering for this stellar event below this month!

Melting Mann Dirt Road Bike Challenge
Vandalia
03/25/18
Melting Mann is a Dirt Road Challenge for Mountain Bike and/or Cycle Cross Bikes of all skill levels. First time racers and experts welcome! You’ll race throughout Newberg and Penn Townships in Cass County Michigan. The Melting Mann event is named after one of the most challenging sections of the route, MANN Road. Mann Road has been known to turn bikers into hikers! Also accessed via MANN Road, but buried deep in the woods of Michigan’s State land, is Mount Misery, one the highest natural geographical points in Southwest Michigan.You may choose from either a 24 mile or 35 mile route, both routes are single loops and will have you riding over 90% unpaved roads. Come discover what many serious and successful bikers use as their training terrain!
http://www.MeltingMann.com

TAKE ACTION: Statewide 5-Foot Legislation Needs Your Support!

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  • Published on Thursday, 04 January 2018 23:41
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Contact House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee Members Today!

Legislation to enact a statewide 5-foot passing law continues to be discussed in the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. A specified distance (5-feet) could be stripped out of the legislation (or worse). Please email the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members and urge them to enact the strongest safe passing law by keeping a specified distance in the bill. 
After signing, be sure to share this action with your friends and loved ones

We only have a short window to make an impact, please be sure take action today! Background info and the latest update as of 1/16/18 is below.

UPDATE (1/16/18)

At a hearing in front of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the workgroup on bicycle safety did recommend removing a specific distance from the legislation in favor of more general language. However, members of the workgroup, as well as other members of the Committee, did acknowledge the bicycle community's firm stance on keeping a specified distance and publically vocalized their support for doing so. The Committee did not put the matter to a vote. We are optimistic that the door is open to continued discussion and to keep a specific distance in the bill.

Possible language reported to LMB earlier in the week that would have stripped protections for bicyclists was not discussed at today's hearing. We are cautiously optimistic that the "worst case scenario" version of the bill is off the table at this point.

Finally, we are happy to report that the workgroup was able to work out concerns regarding the House version of our driver's ed improvement bill, HB 4198, with the Secretary of State's Office. We expect to see this bill advance soon.

In summary, though we don't know what a final version of the bill will look like, your efforts the past few days held the line and avoided the worst for now. In just a few days, we had thousands of emails and hundreds of phone calls flood the offices of Chairman Cole and the Committee members. Though the process of passing legislation can take a long time, if we continue to show a strong unified voice we will see these bills continue to move forward until they are signed into law.

Thank you, once again, to everyone who took action to help save our 5-foot passing bill. You are making an impact!


BACKGROUND: In November 2017 the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard testimony on HB 4265, legislation to enact a statewide 5-foot passing law. After hearing powerful testimony from advocates, victims, and organizational partners, Chairman Triston Cole announced that he was forming a five-member legislative workgroup to discuss the bills in more detail. LMB was invited to participate in the workgroup and prepared recommendations on behalf of the bicycling community to add to the discussion when the workgroup met in December.

Despite clear support from the bill sponsors, LMB, and others to keep a defined distance within the legislation, the workgroup is likely to recommend the elimination of "five feet" as the defined safe distance as outlined in the original legislation and instead endorse general language that states drivers "shall pass at a safe distance to the left of that bicycle at a safe speed..."

Additionally, the workgroup concluded business after two meetings, before discussing numerous suggestions offered by LMB to improve the legislation.

LMB heard conflicting possibilities of what revised safe passing legislation could look like ahead of the presentation of the workgroup's recommendations during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearing on Tuesday, January 16. Reports on what the final workgroup recommendation will be ranged from altering our 5-foot legislation to make it 3-feet, to stripping the bill entirely of a specified distance, to alarming discussions that could attempt to strip bicyclists of existing protections and poison the legislation entirely. For this reason, we launched a phone and email action urging Chairman Cole to continue the dialog on a safe passing bill that provides a specific distance and fully considers opportunities to strengthen the bill.

“I’m worried about working on passing good policy. Good policy always comes first,” stated Chairman Cole in an interview with Guy Gordon on WJR on 1-3-18, LMB does not believe that eliminating a specific distance from the bill is not good policy.

In 2016, 38 cyclists were killed on Michigan roads and another 2,000 were injured. This was nearly double over the previous year. 2017 proved to be yet another tragic year for Michigan cyclists. Michigan is only one of eleven states without a law on how to safely pass bicyclists. Currently, 30 states have safe passing laws with specified distances, while only nine have general safe passing language. Instead of following the lead of these nine states who opted for generic passing laws, Michigan is in a unique position to become a national leader on this important public safety issue and ultimately prevent more needless tragedies on Michigan roadways. We are asking Chairman Cole for his continued consideration and leadership on this issue to ensure Michigan enacts the strongest safe passing law possible.

.TAKE ACTION: Statewide 5-Foot Legislation Needs Your Support!

Rolling Forward Michigan Bicycle Conference

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  • Published on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 22:58
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Registration is open forRolling Forward: Michigan Bicycle Conference, coming to Grand Rapids June 1st - 2nd, 2018. 

This conference aims to generate excitement and support for ideas that will make Michigan bicycling better and safer.

Join us and learn about:

  • MOGO Bike Share Program and how it has reached new riders to grow Detroit's bicycling community.
  • Methods to increase bicyclists' visibility on the roadway.
  • A breakdown of the who, when, and where of bicycle crashes in Michigan.
  • How to improve and sustain bicycle culture on college campuses.
  • A legal analysis of the Michigan Vehicle Code as it pertains to bicyclists.
  • Available funding from OHSP for bicycle safety programs and infrastructure projects.
  • City of Grand Rapids' Bicycle Safety Education project playbook, which resulted in a significant decrease in bicycle crashes and fatalities, increased awareness of the rules of the road, and improved traffic law compliance.
  • How to integrate bicycle facilities into existing infrastructure through OHSP's Training Wheels program. Includes an on-road on-bike session.
  • And more!

Registration is $35 and includes lunch on June 1st and breakfast June 1st and 2nd. Registration will close May 18th.

LMB will host a networking and social event for conference attendees on Friday, June 1st, at Creston Brewery. The evening will include a bicycle tour of some of the infrastructure improvements being made by the city of Grand Rapids.

Rolling Forward is presented in partnership with LMB, the City of Grand Rapids, the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, the Michigan Department of TransportationMichigan State University, and the Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP).

This event will be held at the LV Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University, located at the address below:

301 W. Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

Rolling Forward is presented in partnership with LMB, the City of Grand Rapids, the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, the Michigan Department of TransportationMichigan State University, and the Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP).

 

Vendor Registration



If you are interested in attending Rolling Forward as a vendor, we are thrilled to welcome you. The admission fee for vendors is $100. Click the button below to reserve your space. Please note that if you plan on bringing multiple people, you should select the 'Vendor Assistance' option for them to avoid being charged the admission fee multiple times. 

Vendor registration includes the following benefits:

  • One booth (dimensions TBD)
  • Two full conference registrations
  • Acknowledgment on the conference website, in conference literature, and during conference workshops.

 

Parking for Rolling Forward


 

Free guest parking will be in the Grand Valley University Fulton Lot. No parking passes are required; simply tell the lot attendant that you are attending Rolling Forward, and you will be admitted to the lot. The lot can be found in cell C7 of the map below.

 

Announcing Rolling Forward: Michigan Bicycle Conference 2018

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  • Published on Thursday, 23 November 2017 11:35
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Rolling forward save the date web lrgLMB is pleased to announce Rolling Forward: Michigan Bicycle Conference, coming to Grand Rapids June 1-2, 2018. Rolling Forward is 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.

The Conference's planning committee has put together a robust agenda of guest speakers and workshops currently aimed at addressing a diverse group of topics, each related to promoting a safer bicycling culture and experience in Michigan.

You can view the Conference Agenda here. Please note that speakers and session times are subject to change. You can view the Conference Agenda here. Please note that speakers and session times are subject to change.

Bicycle Bills Clear Senate Committee

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  • Published on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:17
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smallWe are very pleased to report that the Senate Judiciary Committee has voted unanimously in favor of SB 123, 124, and 170, our 5-foot safe passing and driver's education improvement bills. Companion bills 580 and 581, which would strengthen penalties for distracted drivers, also passed unanimously. The bills have been referred for a vote on the Senate floor.

We would like to thank Senators O'Brien and Knezek for sponsoring this legislation and the Judiciary Committee for their attention and support for this matter.

Most importantly, we would like to thank all the individuals and organizations who shared their emotional testimony, sent letters of support, attended the hearing, or otherwise supported this package of legislation.

Our work is far from done. We will continue to fight to get these bills signed into law; we hope you will fight alongside us. Support from our members and donors help to ensure that we are able to work hard to advance this legislation. We hope you will renew your support and keep us moving forward by making sure your membership is up to date or by making a donation

Thank you for your continued support!








    

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