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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 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.

PA 279 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.

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.

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MUP Tour 2018 Recap

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  • Published on Friday, 20 July 2018 09:15
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This year, LMB's 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!

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July $1 Per Rider Events 2018

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  • Published on Sunday, 01 July 2018 14:35
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DPRnewThere are many ways to enjoy the summer 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!

Algonac Lions Pickerel Tournament Bicycle Tour
Algonac
07/01/18
Proceeds benefit Lion's Charities. Free Ferry ride to Harsens Island and ride along the St Clair River. Lunch is served until noon. Event is held rain or shine.
http://algonaclions.org/

Covered Bridge Bike Tour
Lowell
07/08/18
Our routes are selected to guide you through some of West Michigan's most scenic countryside, along rivers and streams, past farms, and through rural communities. Whether you choose a short distance or a long one, you'll find your route well marked with a minimum of hills (we try), and prompt support and guidance if you need it. Our food has become legend, we feature tasty goodies at our rest stops and a great homemade country style Italian meal at the end.
http://www.fallasburg.org

Ride to Pictured Rocks
Manistique
07/08/18 - 07/13/18
Join the best tour in the Upper Peninsula, bicycle the clean northern forests, see Pictured Rocks from land and sea, and enjoy comfortable lodging and fine dining along the way. A 30-mile warmup ride Sunday to see the Big Springs via a glass-bottom boat, 4 days of great riding in the U.P., and a full day off in Munising to see the Pictured Rocks.
http://www.biketourvacations.com

Black Bear Gran Fondo
Grayling
07/14/18
What is the Black Bear Gran Fondo? It’s a race, it’s a ride, it’s an event for cyclists of all abilities and it’s a celebration at the finish line! Choose one of three chip-timed loops. Challenging elevations, rolling hills and flats on all three routes. Gran fondo, self-organized start based on riding speed and training program. Timing starts when you roll across the starting line.
http://blackbeargranfondo.com

One Helluva Ride
Chelsea
07/14/18
A day of scenic bicycle touring over tree-lined, paved roads through rural and recreation areas. Six loop route options are available with a common lunch stop so friends on different routes can meet for lunch. There will be entertainment, SAG support and mechanics on duty.
http://www.aabts.org/ohr

Michigander Bicycle Tour
Mackinaw City
07/14/18 - 07/21/18
The Michigander Bicycle Tour combines beautiful railtrails, backroads, Great Lakes beaches, lighthouses, rivers, virgin white pines, and vineyards in this vibrant region known as the Tip of the Mitt in Northern Michigan. Home to the Top of Michigan Trails Council, there are great trails to ride and things to see and do along the way. With the Mighty Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island, the stomping grounds of America’s fur traders Madame LaFramboise, and John Jacob Astor, transcendentalists Margaret Fuller and Henry David Thoreau combined with the writings of Jim Harrison, Ernest Hemingway and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, cyclists will surely be inspired and amazed at the inspiring vistas and challenging terrain in the this region called the Land of Hiawatha.
http://www.michigander.bike

Great Waters Tour
St. Ignace
07/15/18 - 07/20/18
The east end of the Upper Peninsula offers great sights and great riding. Join our Great Waters Tour and you'll see three Great Lakes, the Mackinac Bridge, Soo Locks, Tahquamenon Falls, and Whitefish Point! We've got wonderful lodging scheduled, and we provide luggage transfer, sag service, mapping, and a staff person riding with the group.
http://www.biketourvacations.com


Ride Around Torch
Elk Rapids
07/15/18
http://ridearoundtorch.org


The Greatest Ride
Benton Harbor
07/28/18
ARS Arts & Culture Center and Cycle-Re-Cycle are teaming up once again for their collaborative bike tour of the “I Am The Greatest” sculptures throughout our community. This ride is a special fund-raiser for at-risk youth at both ARS and CRC to help us educate, enlighten, and empower our youth to do great things. Each participant will receive a sponsorship form in which they will be encouraged to raise $250. Ten $25 or five $50 donations from each rider.The “I Am The Greatest” sculptures were created by American artist John Sauvé, and are strategically placed in and around Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. The artist puts an emphasis on “building community through public art.”
http://arsartsandculture.org/artsculture/iatg.html


Bike Berrien Breweries
Bridgeman
07/28/18
A weekly ride with a local cycling group led Cycle-Re-Cycle to this amazing collaboration with new friends Watermark Brewing Co. Within a few sips, one of the founders of Waftermark Brewing Co. & a volunteer from Cycle-Re-Cycle muttered the words Bikes, Breweries, & Benton Harbor. And, as they say, “The rest is history.” A lot of B’s buzzing around this collaboration.
http://bikeberrien.org


Ride Richmond
Richmond
07/28/18
McLaren Macomb presents the second annual bike tour along the scenic Macomb Orchard Trail. Family-friendly fundraiser for charity, A Beautiful Me, to benefit local girls in building their self-worth. Fun activities! T-shirt included with registrants prior to 7/13.
http://www.ABeautifulMe.com


Coast Guard City Century Bicycle Tour
Grand Haven
07/29/18
Cyclists ride some of West Michigan's most prestigious shoreline crossing the Bascule Bridge.Miles of mixed "Roller Coaster" hills and beautiful farmlands dot the routes. Live Music, Outdoor Cookout, beverage tickets, SAG Stops and great Rest Areas! Register online with eventbrite.com
http://tiny.cc/coastguardcitytour

 

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.

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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 safe passing law will take immediate effect upon signing. The driver's education law will not take immediate effect. 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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  • Published on Monday, 07 May 2018 09:56
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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.
 
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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

House Passes Two of LMB's Bicycle Bills

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  • Published on Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:46
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HB-4198-PassesOn Wednesday, March 21, the State House passed two of LMB's bicycle safety bills. HB 4265, our safe passing bill, was approved 106-2, while HB 4198, driver's education improvement legislation, was approved 98-10.

The passing of the driver's education improvement bill is a huge victory for the bicycling community. Introduced by Representative Julie Alexander, this legislation 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 approval of the safe passing law, introduced by Representative Holly Hughes, is also a significant victory, though one that came with compromise. At the time the bill was introduced many members of the House were not interested in establishing a 5-foot passing requirement. LMB, as well as many partners and members of the bicycling community, faced an uphill battle and fought hard to keep the conversation going by educating House members on the issue.

Read more: House Passes Two of LMB's Bicycle Bills

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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  • Published on Friday, 26 January 2018 11:45
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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

  • Category: LMB News
  • 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!

Bikes and Beers Spotlight

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  • Published on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:25
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congwynnLMB, along with AMBUCS, was honored to be the charity recipient of funds from Bikes and Beers, an event held this past weekend in Kalamazoo at Bell's Brewery

Over 320 bicyclists came to attend. The event began with the 30 mile route as cyclists rode out for the morning. The 15 mile cyclists followed shortly after. The route took cyclists through the city and back to Bell's at their Eccentric Cafe in a gardened cove out back. Cyclists arrived to a beer tent of Bell's signature beers and the cover band, Great Scott! playing 90's classics. 

It was a perfect summer day completed with dancing, safe cycling, and delicious beer!

Thank you to all of the riders, volunteers, and Sam of Bikes and Beers for making it all happen!

Shoreline West Bicycle Tour Recap

  • Category: LMB News
  • Published on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:47
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happywomanOver 470 riders joined together to celebrate 31 years of cycling along Lake Michigan's beautiful coastline during our Shoreline West Bicycle Tour.

Riders came from 27 states and as far as Honolulu, HI to cycle August 5-12. Cyclists who participated ranged in age from 11 to 80 years old.

The tour began in Montague, MI, where riders had a free-day to set up camp and explore the city. Some riders spent their day golfing, swimming in Duck Lake, or simply enjoying the camaraderie of fellow cyclists. The next morning, cyclists departed, following a 59 mile route to Ludington on their first day. Many cyclists made a pit stop at The Cherry Market, where they savored delicious coffee and cherry turnovers.

vosstentsunriseFrom Ludington, riders road through a few strenuous climbs to Frankfort. Cyclists passed through the charming cities of Onekama and Manistee. On their way, riders conquered Arcadia Hill, know as Watermelon Hill, where 24 huge watermelons were severed at the top.

Cyclists then rode 62 miles from Frankfort to Traverse City where they rode through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The rolling hills treated cyclists through beech-maple forests, past coastal dunes, and as high as 480 feet above Lake Michigan.

Once in Traverse City, bicyclists enjoyed a lay over day to see what the city had to offer. Some rode to Old Mission Peninsula while others rested or visited the many quaint shops downtown.

The next route brought riders, for the first year ever, to East Jordan. Riders passed rolling sunflower fields on their way through Elk Rapids. Cyclists followed Torch Lake and then the peaceful countryside out of Elk Rapids and to East Jordan.

lakeoverlookFrom there, riders had 2 options of routes to take on their way to Harbor Springs. On that day, Cyclists participated in "spirit day" where they wore their college jersey, club jersey, or their favorite ride jersey.

The last leg was through one of Michigan's most scenic and historic drives known as, "Tunnel of the Trees". Once riders saw the towers of the Mackinac Bridge peeking over the trees, they knew they were close to their final destination at Mackinaw City.

The week was filled with great weather and beautiful views. To see more pictures, be sure to check out Shoreline West's Facebook page. Thank you to all the wonderful riders and volunteers that made this year one for the books!

Shoreline West was LMB's final bicycle tour of 2017. With 2018 already in the makings, LMB cannot wait to see you all out there next summer!








    

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