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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.

Micro-Grant In Action: Pedal Holland

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  • Published on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:45
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jonandrecipient6For 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 our Micro-Grant funds are helping them further their own missions, moving us all toward a more bicycle friendly state.

One of our Micro-Grant recipients is Pedal Holland, a program devoted to bringing true livability to the city of Holland, Michigan. Their Micro-Grant was awarded to support their 8th Street pop-up bike lane. Thank you to Meika Weiss from Pedal Holland for telling their story.

"From August 21 through September 1, 8th Street was transformed into a friendlier place for people traveling on two wheels. The segment of 8th Street transformed by the project is the only viable path between the core city of Holland and outlying areas in Holland Heights and the City of Zeeland. The existing street has two lanes of fast-moving vehicle traffic traveling in each direction.

pedalholland2The pop-up bike lane exchanged one vehicle travel lane in each direction for a five-foot bike lane. It was buffered from the traffic with cones and included a center turn lane. We also added sharrows (share-lane markings) on either end of the project to link these lanes to the existing bike network. This was done inexpensively with stencils, spray chalk, tape, and cones.

The 8th Street pop-up bike lane succeeded because of relationships developed over the years between the MACC (Macatawa Area Coordinating Council), the City of Holland, the Ottawa County Road Commission, local bike shops, and the Ottawa County Health Department. Volunteers from each of these organizations recruited, set up, and tore down after this event. 

We learned that planning a project of this magnitude is time-consuming. We hadn’t anticipated how many times we would have to get approval from different governmental agencies, and how much time we would spend waiting to appear on the next month’s meeting agenda. Our dates were delayed several times.
The challenge that nearly delayed the project into next year was when we discovered that the specific road tape required by the Ottawa County Road Commission was over twice the price budgeted using a different type of tape. It was the right choice – we learned that the original choice of tape would not have held up under the conditions on the road – but this increased the pedalholland1project budget by many thousands of dollars. The League of Michigan Bicyclists was instrumental in bringing this project back in reach.

This project successfully proved that this difficult segment of road could see a reallocation of roadway from vehicular traffic to bicycles. Feared back-ups didn’t materialize and bicyclists appreciated the separation from motor traffic. The project was received well by the community with little complaint. It advanced our argument that making space for bikes makes sense for everyone and we expect it to bear fruit in our community in the years to come."

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

Micro-Grant In Action: Recycle-A-Bicycle

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  • Published on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:43
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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 our Micro-Grant funds are helping them further their own missions, moving us all toward a more bicycle friendly state.

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One of our Micro-Grant recipients is Recycle-A-Bicycle, a Traverse City program that restores bicycles and then redistributes them to area individuals who use this as their main source of transportation. In addition, they distribute refurbished bikes to area shelters for use as “house bicycles,” which clients use as a source of recreation and transportation. Their Micro-Grant was awarded to support their mission and services. Thank you to James Marinelli from TART Trails of Traverse City, MI for telling their story.

“For the past decade, Recycle-A-Bicycle(R-A-B) has provided over 1,500 bicycles to community members. Our program’s yearly goal of providing at least 150 bicycles and 50 free repairs has proven to be a very attainable one; since only April of this year, we have supplied nearly 80 free bicycles, and have provided around 25 free repairs, to area residents. These repairs include mending flat tires, replacing tubes, truing and replacing bent wheels, shifters or brakes, replacing front and rear derailleurs, and providing full tune-ups with new bearings. The average cost for free walk-in repairs is under $45, and our labor is always done on a volunteer basis. Of course, if a client wants to help with repairs, or if a client wants to learn how to repair and maintain his or her bicycle, our volunteers will assist them as needed.

recycle2Maintaining such a busy operation takes both generous, monetary funding and a well-trained volunteer presence, so to that end, we have recently employed an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer to assist in our outreach and fundraising efforts. Our VISTA has been seeking adequate funds, informing local client referral agencies (including Goodwill, Addiction Treatment Services, as well as private and public schools for at-risk children), and recruiting and mentoring volunteers.

Through its work in refurbishing and redistributing donated bicycles to those in need, the Recycle-A-Bicycle program has enriched the lives of countless residents of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Because of this program, now in its eleventh year, at-risk area citizens now have the gift of transportation, recreation, and most importantly, the gift of independence.”

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

Micro-Grant In Action: Lansing Bike Co-op

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  • Published on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 11:57
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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 our Micro-Grant funds are helping them further their own missions, moving us all toward a more bicycle friendly state.jonandtim

One of our Micro-Grant recipients is the Lansing Bike Co-op, a Lansing-based organization that empowers our community through education and access. The Lansing Bike Co-op received the Micro-grant fund to host two courses with a special emphasis on serving the low-income community. Thank you to Jeff Potter for telling their story. 

"We put the word out for a month with posters and social media. Then in July we offered a 4-session course in Basic Bike Repair. We served a full capacity of 12 students, 6 of whom took advantage of the low-income scholarship option that was available thanks to the LMB. Students ranged in age from 20's to 50’s and genders were split about 50/50.

We took a month off for recruiting before the September course and all 18 sessions were fully booked, on behalf of the LMB scholarship.

LBC1Our format is designed to make the most of our small shop space. Each student selects whether they want to attend the weekly evening classes on Tuesdays or Thursdays. This fits well around school or work. A “small bites” approach also helps with student retention, since it’s only once a week. Each of the five instructors only teach one topic, making the course very manageable for the Co-op to offer. Several assistants also help during the hands-on portion of each session.

Each session starts with an hour of instructor demonstration where students see the subject being worked through in front of them. The next hour is hands-on, where each student works on their own bike or a shop bike.

The hands-on experience is another aspect that the LMB Micro-Grant made possible: We used a portion of the funds to purchase several work-stands with tool-sets so each student could work on a bike. Previously, not every student got the chance to actually practice all the skills being taught.

LBC2'I found the class to be fun, informative, and incredibly empowering. It isn't every day you get to learn to independently repair your own bicycle. This class was amazing!' --Mackenzie M.

After taking this course, a person has a foundation for understanding each part of their bike and has demonstrated how to take care for, adjust, or replace parts -- putting them on the path to bicycle independence! They can now take care of a bike on their own and save time and money. They should also be better able to understand their interactions with retail bike shops."

To learn more about our Micro-Grant program, please visit: https://goo.gl/ZjKMND

 

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. 
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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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LMB is pleased to announce Rolling Forward: Michigan Bicycle Conference, coming to Grand Rapids June 1-2, 2018. Rolling Forward is presented in partnership with 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 planning committee is currently seeking ideas for conference topics and is accepting proposals now through Friday, January 12, 2018. Proposals for guest speakers for the general session or for workshop sessions should focus on improving the state of bicycling in Michigan and be applicable to a wide range of bicycle safety representatives and professionals. Additionally, topics should differ from the presentations at the 2016 Michigan Bicycling Conference. You can review the agenda from the 2016 Conference here.

Bicycle advocates, cycling clubs, urban planners, drivers ed professionals, local government officials, and other members/friends of the bicycling community are encouraged to submit speaker ideas for both workshops and general sessions. The planning committee will use the submissions to develop a robust agenda. We aim to address a diverse group of topics, each related to promoting a safer bicycling culture and experience in Michigan.

To submit a proposal, download the Topic Submission form. Send completed Submission Forms to the planning committee by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail: P.O Box 30634, Lansing, MI 48909, by Friday, January 12, 2018.

Applicants will be notified by email about the selection results. The roster of speakers and topics is scheduled to be announced in February.

Further conference information, including registration details, will be available on this page in early 2018, please check back for updates!

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Announcing Rolling Forward: Michigan Bicycle Conference 2018

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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 is hard at work putting 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. The planning committee is accepting proposals for session topics from the bicycling community and beyond now through Friday, January 12, 2018.

Information about the Michigan Bicycle Conference can be found on the official conference webpage: www.LMB.org/rollingforward. Further conference information, including registration details, will be available in early 2018, please check back for updates!

Micro-Grant In Action - Norte!

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  • Published on Monday, 02 October 2017 13:22
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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 our Micro-Grant funds are helping them further their own missions, moving us all toward a more bicycle friendly state.

One of our Micro-Grant recipients is Norte!, a Traverse City-based organization. Norte! received a Micro-Grant fund to help purchase a utility trailer and balance bikes for their Estrellas youth balance bike program. Norte has notified us that both are in the works and moving forward! Thank you to Ty Schmidt from Norte for telling their story.

 

norte4“The utility trailer’s function is two-fold. It has been a life saver as we try to make the best use of limited space. We purchased the used trailer from a Norte! supporter. It quickly filled up with stuff, lots of stuff, mostly balance bikes. A volunteer extraordinaire designed an innovative method to hang bikes using cables and crampons for easy access.

The trailer will also be used to transport balance bikes during the winter and spring as Norte! teaches preschool students the basics of balance and coasting. We are continuing to grow this program to include outlying schools in the area. Last year we engaged 240 students in this program. Classes have been taught at the Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS), and we plan to expand to other districts, public and private.

norte2We have also purchased 10 additional balance bikes and have them available to borrow at our weekly summer Estrella meet-ups at the Clubhouse. Families who come enjoy the ease, it is fun and free and attracts many. Volunteers have stepped up and are running this program; greeting families, helping orient kids, making sure those that need helmets and bikes have them available to borrow. We encourage families to come, ride, play and picnic afterward.”

In addition to learning those critical first skills of riding, families are spending quality time together. Priceless!

To learn more about LMB's Micro-Grant Program, please visit:https://goo.gl/XGRQLT 

Successful First Session of Community Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement Training

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  • Published on Friday, 29 September 2017 11:08
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Pic-2-SmallThanks to a grant from Michigan's Office of Highway Safety Planning, LMB re-launched its Community Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement Training on September 22nd. Traverse City's Northwest Michigan College was the site for the first session, which served as a pilot for a newly revised and updated curriculum. Law enforcement officers from Northern Michigan, including Traverse City, Central Lake, Big Rapids, Manistee, and Sault Ste. Marie, as well as well as a member of the Cherry Capital Cycling Club, attended the session.

The session, led by First Lieutenant Kyle Bowman from the Michigan State Police State Security Operations Section and Nancy Krupiarz, former Director of Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, covered the Michigan Vehicle Code and the Michigan Compiled Laws and discussed over 30 different legal issues in within them concerning bicycles. The session also covered the 4 E's: Education, Enforcement, Engineering, and Emergency Medical Services as components of improving a community's bicycle safety. The engagement of law enforcement agencies, as well as agencies working with other community partners, were highlighted as extremely effective in improving a community's bicycle safety. Recent crash data demonstrated the importance of taking action on bicycle safety and to help law enforcement understand the factors and types of behaviors that precipitate the most common, and most dangerous, incidents.

Pic-1-smallAfter lunch, the participants learned about bicycle rodeos simple ways of teaching bicycle safety and skills to members of a community. This session covered how to involve partners from the community, how to budget for and structure the event, the various stations that can be set up, and what skills are exemplified by each exercise. The officers learned how to properly fit a bicycle helmet, how to conduct a bicycle safety check, and how to ensure a bicycle is a proper fit for a rider. The attendees also hopped on their bicycles and enjoyed a "Crazy Eight" course, a "Rock Dodge and Scan" course, and a "Slow Race" as the finale.

The response from the participants was very positive. One law enforcement officer found the course, "very informative, with a friendly/open environment for learning". LMB will be further updating to the course materials in preparation for six more trainings sessions next spring and summer. LMB is looking to bring the training sessions to locations throughout the state, including one in the Upper Peninsula. Dates and locations will be announced over the next few months.

These sessions will be geared to law enforcement personnel but interested citizens are welcome, and strongly encouraged, to attend. According to John Lindenmayer, LMB Executive Director, "it is the citizen participation in conjunction with the police officers, in fact, that generates the best interactive discussion. We hope that everyone will consider attending in an effort to elevate bicycle safety and work towards a reduction of the rising crashes we have been seeing over the past few years."

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!

Micro-Grant In Action - Boston Square Community Bikes

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  • Published on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:10
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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 our Micro-Grant funds are helping them further their own missions, moving us all toward a more bicycle friendly state.

One of our Micro Grant recipients is Boston Square Community Bikes, a Grand Rapids organization that promotes sustainable, affordable transportation by refurbishing donated bicycles for sale, helping neighbors and others learn about bikes and bike repair, and providing space for anyone to work on their own bikes. Their Micro-Grant was awarded to support their youth Mechanical Apprenticeship Project (MAP). Thank you to Tom Bulten from Oakdale Neighbors of Grand Rapids, MI for telling their story.

oakdale“Bringing a battered bicycle back to life takes creative thinking and perseverance. These are the important life skills being learned by young apprentices at Boston Square Community Bikes. Myles Moylen and Philemon Tumusimu have spent two months in the Youth Mechanical Apprenticeship Program learning basic bicycle repair skills and valuable life lessons. Both Myles and Philemon live in the neighborhood. Myles rode his bike to the apprenticeship every Thursday afternoon. Philemon simply walked across the street. With the staff of Boston Square Community Bikes they worked on resurrecting a beat-up, blue Magna “Great Divide” bicycle that had been donated to the program.

oakdale2Boston Square Community Bikes performs life support on many lower-end, "department store" bikes. These can serve as affordable transportation for those that need to get to work or other places. Yesterday, Mitchell called Boston Square Community Bikes desperate to find a bike to get him to work. He had only $30 and would be fired from his job if he didn’t arrive at work by 4 PM. He left the shop with a bike refurbished by program volunteers and staff.

In July, Philemon was joined by Moise Tuyambaze and Yasir Ishimwe in the apprenticeship program. All three young men are refugees from Rwanda. As they work on bikes with us they will be thinking about their futures—first as they start high school, then beyond. For yesterday’s lesson, they wrote down their dreams for job, education, hobbies, and friends. A “Point and Name” game helped them learn the anatomy of a bike—the names of key components and parts. Next week, they’ll learn the names of bike tools and begin “wrenching” on donated bikes.”

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

September $1 Per Rider Events

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Dollar-Per-Ride-2017There 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 one of the stellar events below this month!

Milford Labor Day 30K Fat Tire
Milford
09/02/17
17th Annual Fat Tire - Something for Everyone, come out for the challenge, stay for the fun!
Scenic course with beautiful dirt roads, including shaded areas and roller coasters of hills.
Expo on Friday 3-7pm & Saturday- (event day). Enjoy the post-race party with burgers, refreshments, and entertainment at Bakers of Milford Restaurant.
http://www.laborday30k.com

Lakeshore Harvest Ride
South Haven
09/09/17
Enjoy a fun and picturesque countryside bicycle ride by lakes, fruit and produce farms, wineries and a cider mill. The routes touch several southwest Michigan communities, including Douglas, Saugatuck and South Haven. Free concierge service will deliver any products purchased along the route to the starting point.
http://lhcbt.com

Celebration of Cycling
Dearborn Heights
09/09/17
Join us for the 25th Annual Celebration of Cycling. We want to know what YOU are celebrating with your ride. Are you celebrating a loved one who has passed? Maybe your first century ride? Are you celebrating the accomplishments of our Summer Program Students? Or are you just celebrating your love of cycling? We want you to come celebrate with us!
http://www.bikeprogram.org

Trail Mix
Rochester
09/09/17
From paved roads to rustic trails, we have every type of surface you might ride on, in this brevet. At about 50% trails and gravel roads — wide comfy tires are a must.
http://detroitrandonneurs.org/

Ride for Warriors
Alto
09/10/17
Ride for Warriors is a one-day bicycling event in honor of the brave men and women that fight and have fought for our freedom. Proceeds will go toward Veterans in the West Michigan area.
https://sites.google.com/site/rideforwarriors/

Come Clean Duathlon
Haslett
09/10/17
Ditch your car for your wheels and legs! At the Come Clean Duathlon you’ll learn how easy it is to clean commute. Our scenic route offers the solitude to stay poised and the inspiration to compete. Free swag/goodies for all, prizes for age group winners, and cash prizes and trophies for top finishers. More information is available on our website. The Come Clean Duathlon is hosted by the Clean Commute Options Program, a service of the Capital Area Transportation Authority. We provide transportation alternatives to Michiganders traveling into and throughout Great Lansing.
http://comecleanduathlon.org

American Cancer Society Gears and Cheers Hope Ride
Grand Rapids
09/10/17
Gears & Cheers is in its inaugural year! We want each rider to enjoy the beautiful West Michigan landscapes while resting and re-energizing at some of our best Beer City USA Breweries along the way. Each of the 4 water stations is held at a local craft brewery. A light breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided to each rider along with drink tickets for each water station.
http://main.acsevents.org/gearsandcheers

Leelanau Harvest Tour
Suttons Bay
09/16/17
Enjoy scenic views of Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau while riding on lightly traveled rural roads past many farms, orchards, vineyards and hop yards. After ride picnic lunch is provided at Suttons Bay High School.
http://www.cherrycapitalcyclingclub.org

Lenawee Bike Tour
Adrian
09/16/17 - 09/17/17
Adrian’s Noon Rotary presents 1st inaugural Lenawee Bike Tour 2017. This event coincides with downtown Adrian’s Artalicious hosting more than 80 Artist. The 2 Day biking event starts Saturday, September 16 with a 25, 40, 62 & 100-mile chip timed tour/fondo through Irish Hills and MIS. Sunday will have a chip timed cross country style mountain bike event with 2 start times accommodating several skill levels featuring an 8 mile timed competitive loop. Junior/kids classes both days. ANSI approved helmets required for all events. Event T Shirts & goodies bags for registered participants. Food, spirits & evening entertainment Friday and Saturday. Camping available.
http://www.rotarylenaweebiketour.com

Irish Hills Tour
Sylvania
09/17/17
The ride traverses varied terrain in NW Ohio and SE Michigan. Longer routes enter rolling Irish Hills. Lunch is served on 62 and 100-mile routes. There are snack stops on all routes. Pavement markings, map, and cue sheet are provided.
http://mvadventurers.org

Tour de Ville
Northville
09/23/17
Tour de Ville's 4th annual cycle event on Saturday, September 23rd offers a number of distances, all starting/ending at The Village Workshop, Northville. Discount for families. All monies support local charities.
http://www.tourdeville.org/

Ride for the Rails: The Iron Horse Tour
Durand
09/23/17
The Iron Horse Tour is a great recreational ride through Shiawassee County. Along the way, you will be directed to landmarks and train related points of interest as well as given information about the communities through which you may ride. All Funds raised will be used to build a park in downtown Durand which will include the National Railroad Memorial in honor of the men and women of the railroad industry.
http://railroadmemorial.org

Tour de Ile 2017
Grosse Ile
09/24/17
Tour de Ile is a bicycle tour on scenic Grosse Ile. The 16-mile route is featuring historical & nature landmarks on the island. The longer rides are expanding into the downriver Metro Parks.
http://www.tourdeile.com

Lake Erie Fall Ride
Monroe
09/24/17
Come join the 1st Annual Lake Erie Fall Ride, hosted by the Monroe Cycling Club. Starting at our local Monroe County Community College and consisting of two distance options...a metric century (62 miles) and a half metric (approximately 31 miles), the ride will travel through historic Monroe County, by the River Raisin National Battlefield, and near the shores of Lake Erie.
http://www.signmeup.com/120513

Pando Fall Classic MTB Race
Rockford
09/30/17 - 10/01/17
http://funpromotions.com/

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

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  • 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!

Announcing Launch of Michigan Bicycling Photo Contest

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  • Published on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:47
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Contest-PictureLMB is pleased to announce the start of the 6th Annual Michigan Bicycling Photo Contest!

Please submit your best photos taken while riding your bike somewhere within the state of Michigan. Pictures showing off the landscape of the state should also include a connection or indication of bicycle travel.

Photos that showcase the wide range of bicycle-related experiences are great candidates! Pictures of bicycle touring, road, dirt and trail riding, rural and urban settings, scenery and weather, people, and the emotions of bicycling are perfect!

The Photo Contest deadline is December 1, 2017. 

We are excited to see your photos!

For official rules and entry instructions, visit: lmb.org/photocontest

August $1 Per Rider Events

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  • Published on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 14:42
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Dollar-Per-Ride-2017There are many ways to enjoy the summer months bicycling and giving 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!

Pedal & Whine Bike Tour
Jackson
08/05/17
Come & experience rural Jackson County countryside by bike. The four routes will be well marked and SAG supported. Routes are paved, rolling, shaded and low traffic. A delicious lunch will be provided 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by Sandhill Crane Vineyards (lunch for non-riders available for purchase). Riders will have the option of purchasing wine at the Vineyards.
http://cascadescyclingclub.org

Pedals and Passports
Windson, ON
08/05/17
Scenic views of the northern edge of Lake Erie from the wine vineyard area in southwest Ontario.
https://goo.gl/Kib8hV

Habitat for Humanity- Bike to Build
DeWitt
08/05/17
Bike to Build is a fundraiser for Habitat For Humanity Clinton County. By participating and raising funds for Bike to Build, you are partnering with Habitat For Humanity to eliminate substandard housing in Clinton County.
http://www.habitatclinton.org

Tour Da U.P.
Baraga
08/06/17- 08/10/17
Enjoy the beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula on this 5-day on-road tour. Camping at State Parks with stops at various historic locations make this more than just another tour, it's a vacation by bike! Several excursions and activities in Copper Harbor on your lay over day to choose from. Kayaking Lake Superior, mountain biking the best trails in the state of Michigan, hikes to scenic vistas, or picking Agates on rocky beaches are just a few.
http://www.tourdaup.org

One Day Ride Across Michigan- ODRAM
Montague
08/12/17
Be a part of one of the Michigan traditions - 150ish miles in one day or One Day Ride Across Michigan.
You can start by dipping your rear wheel in Lake Michigan and finish by dipping your front wheel in Lake Huron. This ride is a benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Working to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
http://www.odram.com/

Harvest Bicycle Century Tour
Rolling Prairie
08/13/17
Harvest Bicycle Century Tour on Sunday, August 13, has well marked routes of 15, 25, 40, 62, & 100 miles on good paved roads in LaPorte Co., IN, & Berrian Co., MI.
http://www.rollingprairielions.org/HBCT.html

Wayne State University Baroudeur
Detroit
08/19/17
The Baroudeur is Wayne State University’s cycling event to raise money for student scholarships. The Baroudeur is a fun, noncompetitive event that gives riders an opportunity to explore the Motor City and surrounding area on two wheels. In total, participants pass through a dozen municipalities before crossing the finish line on campus and enjoy lunch, craft beer and music.
http://www.baroudeur.wayne.edu

Bike More Edmore Ride
Edmore
8/19/17
This is a recreational and social fun ride through the beautiful rural Montcalm County countryside of Michigan. You will travel on the paved Fred Meijer Heartland Trail and Flat River Trail to Greenville then back to the village of Edmore.
During this scenic bicycle ride, you will pass through woodlands, meadows, wetlands, tunnel of trees, farmland and over many bridges and boardwalks.
http://bikemoreedmore.org

11 Legged Lake Tour
Elk Rapids
08/19/17
Start your day with flapjacks/sausage then enjoy scenic routes around quaint villages, picturesque orchards and the beautiful Chain O'Lakes including Torch. Delicious lunch when you return and a complimentary entry into a raffle for a $250 gift card to American Cycle & Fitness.
http://www.11-leggedlaketour.weebly.com

Assenmacher 100
Swartz Creek
08/20/17
The Assenmacher 100 bicycle ride is a recreational and social fun ride on paved rural roads through the farmland and villages of Genesee, Shiawassee and Clinton Counties. With routes including distances of 20, 32, 50, 62, and 100 miles, there are courses for casual cyclists as well as more experienced riders.
http://Assenmachers.com

Big Bear Butt Cruise
Kaleva
08/26/17
Routes cross scenic Big Manistee River, to scenic M22 along Lake Michigan coast from Manistee to Frankfort. Eight food stops, of which seven are on water with Beautiful views. Free Camping, Breakfast, Dinner and T-shirt. Enjoy Bonfires, Music, Wineries and Brewery. Free camping Thursday - Sunday night.
http://www.bigbearbuttcruise.com

Peach of a Ride
Memphis
08/27/17
Family friendly, SAG supported routes of 23, 40, 60 and 100 mile through scenic orchards, farms and forests of Macomb, St Clair and Lapeer counties. Abundantly stocked rest stops featuring the famous Slow Spokes homemade cookies and lunch. Vegetarian friendly. Post ride entertainment provided by one of the areas accomplished musicians.
http://www.slowspokes.org

Strade Bianche Time Trial & Road Races
Polkin Township
08/27/17
Western Michigan is the idyllic setting for these two spectacular single-day Italian-themed bicycle races in stunning Ottawa County—competitions reminiscent of tranquil Tuscan countryside where the Renaissance captured the world’s imagination centuries ago. Racing begins with Chrono Strade Bianche, the ultimate test of rider and machine, a 20km trial against the clock on a fast, technical seven-turn course stretched across exceptionally groomed gravel/dirt roads—strade bianche, or white roads, in the Italian language—that periodically join smooth, fast pavement to ribbon through rolling, creek-crossed and tree-lined landscape. Later this same day, compete in the Strade Bianche Road Races that combine the same challenging mix of pavement and low-travelled, well manicured gravel/dirt surfaces to draw out your technical skills and enjoyment.
https://www.facebook.com/chronostradebianche

DALMAC
East Lansing
08/30/17-09/03/17
Michigan's Epic end-of-summer, camping bicycle tour! Gorgeous scenery, varied terrain, and amazing vistas greet DALMAC riders on every route. 4 routes offer the availability of crossing the Mackinac Bridge on your bike! This family-friendly, all-ages, supported bike tour is a must-do for any bicyclist, whether beginner or experienced, relaxed paced or speedy.
http://www.dalmac.org

MUP Tour 2017 Recap

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2womenOver 170 riders joined together to cycle across Michigan's Eastern, Upper Peninsula on July 9-15 during our Michigan Upper Peninsula Tour, known as the MUP Tour.

Riders who participated were aged seven years old to 82 years young and came from 27 other states.

The 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 Mackinaw Island, famous for its car-free environment. Among the many sites was the majestic Mackinac Bridge, know as "The Mighty Mac". The next day, riders departed and followed a relatively flat route to MUP's next stop in Newberry. Riders conquered 68 miles on their first day.

The route from Newberry to the next city began with a delicious stop at North Star Bakery, an off-the-grid, non electric establishment with large amounts of coffee to fuel riders for their journey to Tequamenon Falls State Park. The only Microbrewery to be located on State Park grounds, Tequamenon Falls Brewery and Pub, even agreed to open early for riders to stop for lunch.

riderpicislandThe riders eventually made it to Paradise, where they also had the option to ride another 10 miles to Whitefish Point where they were able to check out the area's lighthouse museum.

After spending a night in Paradise, cyclists adventured to Sault St. Marie. Riders spent two nights "in the Soo" and enjoyed a rest day where they enjoyed the bustling town or simply just recuperated.

From here, cyclist rode to De Tour, a quaint village where the local library hosted a well-deserved movie night prepared for them.

The last leg of MUP was back to St. Ignace where everyone left with smiling faces, some even deciding to extent their day with an extra 20 mile ride before heading home.

Despite the rainy weather during the week, MUP riders had an amazing time. The Upper Peninsula again dazzled with breathtaking views and served up fun for the entire family.

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

Bikes and Beers Event

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  • Published on Thursday, 20 July 2017 11:47
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BNB Kalamazoo2017 Social

LMB and Kalamazoo Valley Ambucs have been chosen as the charity recipients of Michigan's first Bikes and Beers event, sponsored by National Bikes and Beers and Bell's Brewery.

We invite you to try out Bikes and Beer's 15 or 30-mile route and attend the Bell's Brewery after party hosted at Bell's. A percentage of the profits from the event's registrations will be donated and split between LMB and Kalamazoo Valley Ambucs. Bikes and Beers also donate a small portion of every registration to the World Bicycle Relief. Please register and share with your cycling friends!

BELLS REGISTER: http://tinyurl.com/registerbells

Around 3:00 p.m. at the after party, Kalamazoo Valley Ambucs and the Kalamazoo Bike Club will be gifting an AMTRYKE to a deserving Veteran.

Please share the attached promotional material at your workplace or at a business that would be willing to promote the event.

We are please to be a part of this awesome event and to share the donation with Kalamazoo Valley Ambucs. We hope you'll join the fun!

Legislative Update: E-Bikes

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  • Published on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 12:26
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Capital-BikesAfter a great response to our e-bike demonstration at Lucinda Means Advocacy Day, we have recently learned that the following legislation has been introduced:

HB 4781
Introduced by Representative Holly Hughes on 6/20/2017; referred to Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation. Allows for use of electric bicycles on certain trails. Amends 1994 PA 451 by amending section 72105 (MCL 324.72105) as amended by 2014 PA 212.

HB 4782
Introduced by Representative Holly Hughes 6/20/2017; referred to Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation. Amends the Michigan Vehicle Code to provide definition and regulation of electric bicycles. Amends 1949 PA 300 by amending sections 32b, 33 and 657 (MCL 257.32b, 257.33 and 257.657) as amended by 2012 PA 424, 2015 PA 127 and 2015 PA 126 and by adding sections 13e and 662a.

HB 4783
Introduced by Representative Klint Kesto on 6/20/2017; referred to Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation. Exempts electric-assist bicycles from no-fault requirements. Amends 1956 PA 218 by amending section 31-1 (MCL 500.3101) as amended by 2016 PA 346.

We expect hearings on the above after the summer break. Please refer to the respective Representative’s offices for questions regarding the legislation. You can also contact our office for further questions on e-bikes or what to expect with the bills come September. Look for more updates as they unfold! Thank you to all of you that are helping to make Michigan cycling safer! 

Sunrise Adventure Tour Wrap Up

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  • Published on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 14:37
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Our Sunrise Adventure Tour wrapped up last weekend in the inviting city of Alpena, and was a success. Over the June 15-18 weekend, a total of 135 riders joined us, including six locals from Alpena and the furthest rider coming from from Marietta, Georgia.

Sunrise-3newCyclists chose from several routes of different lengths that lead them past historic lighthouses and down forested roads. Among the fantastic cycling routes, there were also a variety of staple activities for riders to see what Alpena had to offer. As in years past, cyclists enjoyed a glass-bottom boat cruise to see some of the 200 shipwrecks lying just off the Lake Huron coast. Some kayaked the beautiful inland waters of Thunder Bay River. Others simply rested in the peaceful downtown of Alpena. 

A favorite attraction among riders was the Maplewood Tavern, where the Guinness World Record's longest serving bartender is still pouring brews for our cyclists. Clarice Grenkowicz is 98 as has been doing her job for 77 years straight. Everyone enjoyed her services after long rides under the summer heat.

Sunrise-7newFor a number of years, LMB has given a portion of the proceeds for the Sunrise Adventure Tour to the City of Alpena. This year, riders were able to check out a new bicycle repair station and pump by the North Eastern State Trail (NEST) trailhead that was funded in part by the Sunrise proceeds.

Our volunteers worked hard to give our cyclists a seamless ride along Hubbard Lake as well as other fantastic sights within the city. The backdrop was beautiful as cyclists rode past rich farm lands and thick woodlands. By the time riders got to their final destination, they weren't quite ready to say goodbye to the scenery nor the fantastic weekend they had.

The Sunrise Adventure provided fun for the entire family; it was a joy to see the bicycling community, from ages six to 86 years old, join together to share a weekend savoring Michigan.

To see more images from the event, check out our Facebook page. 
www.facebook.com/LeagueofMichiganBicyclists/ 

July $1 Per Rider Events

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There are many ways to enjoy the summer months bicycling and giving 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!Dollar-Per-Ride-2017

Algonac Lions Pickerel Tournament Bicycle Tour
Algonac
07/02/17
Proceeds benefit Lion's Charities. Ferry ride to Harsen's Island. Scenic route on Harsen's Island and around historic Algonac and along the St.Cair river. Rain or shine.
http://algonaclions.org/ 

Black Bear Gran Fondo
Grayling
07/08/17
New and improved 100 mile route with two additional routes that fit inside the 100 mile route: 62 miles (metric century) and 45 miles. All routes start and finish at Hanson Hills Recreation Area (HHRA) in Grayling, Michigan, are chip-timed, are on paved roads and experience the beauty of both Crawford and Roscommon counties. Rest stations, lots of volunteers and, great food awaits you at the finish!
http://blackbeargranfondo.com/

One Helluva Ride
Chelsea
07/08/17
Join us for a day of scenic bicycle touring over tree-lined, paved roads through rural and recreation areas on beautiful rolling terrain that varies enough to appeal to a broad range of bicyclists. OHR riders can choose from six great loop routes. All the routes share the same central lunch stop so that family members and friends who decide to take different routes can meet. All routes will be clearly marked and maps provided. There will be lunch and snack stops, entertainment, embroidered patches, SAG support and mechanics on duty, quality custom merchandise, friendly volunteers and post-ride ice-cold watermelon at Chelsea Fairgrounds.
https://goo.gl/pXz667

Ride to Pictured Rocks
Gray Wolf Lodge - Manistique
07/09/17 - 07/14/17
Experience the Pictured Rocks by bike! Five days of super riding, plus a day off to see Pictured Rocks up close! Quiet roads, great support & lodging, and some surprise dining options make this a wonderful tour! Sights include Lakes Michigan and Superior, Big Springs- Kitchi Iti Tipi Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from land AND sea, Grand Marais, and the last night out at our favorite Bed & Breakfast- Chamberlin's Old Forest Inn. Make your reservation today!
https://www.biketourvacations.com/

Covered Bridge Bike Tour
Lowell
07/09/17
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. Please join us Sunday, July 9TH in historic Fallasburg Village for the 23RD Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour
http://www.fallasburg.org/

The Michigander Bicycle Tour
Frankfort
07/15/17 - 07/22/17
Experience Michigan’s classic cycling vacation amidst the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore overlooking Lake Michigan while winding through the forests and valleys of the Leelanau Peninsula. The MichiganderBicycle Tour combines beautiful trails, Great Lakes beaches, lighthouses, rivers, virgin white pines, and a healthy serving of brewpubs.Cyclists have three tour options; 2-Day Tour, 6-Day Tour or 8-day Tour and an optional century ride. Includes breakfast and dinner daily with camping at Frankfort & Leland High Schools and Grand Traverse Civic Center.
http://michigantrails.org/events/michigander-bike-tour/ 

North Country 100 Bicycle Tour
Wakefield
07/15/17
Rider on paved roads through rolling terrain, past lakes and forests and enjoy the wildflowers and scenery of the Upper Peninsula. Routes for the 100 mile and 100 kilometer are designed with more experienced riders in mind. The 25 mile route follows a moderate terrain. All three tours are open to any rider aged 12 and older, so riders should keep in mind their own limits.  After the ride enjoy a meal by beautiful Sunday Lake. See website for more information. 
http://wakefieldmi.org/index.php/nc100 

The Great Waters Tour
St. Ignace
07/16/17 - 07/21/17
Take an Adventure in the eastern U.P! This 5 day tour hits 3 Great Lakes plus the best sights in the eastern UP, including St. Ignace, Tahquamenon Falls, and the Soo locks. Full sag service, most meals, good lodging, all make for a fun tour!
https://www.biketourvacations.com/ 

Ride Around Torch  
Elk Rapids
07/16/17
Enjoy great views of Torch Lake and Lake Michigan while riding around one of Michigan's premier lakes on lightly traveled rural roads, past scenic farms and orchards. After ride picnic lunch is included at Elk Rapids Beach, with swimming available.
http://ridearoundtorch.org

Coast Guard City Century Bicycle Tour
Grand Haven
07/30/17
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!
http://www.loosespokes.com/ 


Algonac Lions Pickerel Tournament Bicycle Tour

Algonac

07/02/17

Proceeds benefit Lion's Charities. Ferry ride to Harsen's Island. Scenic route on Harsen's Island and around historic Algonac and along the St.Cair river. Rain or shine.


Black Bear Gran Fondo

Grayling

07/08/17

New and improved 100 mile route with two additional routes that fit inside the 100 mile route: 62 miles (metric century) and 45 miles. All routes start and finish at Hanson Hills Recreation Area (HHRA) in Grayling, Michigan, are chip-timed, are on paved roads and experience the beauty of both Crawford and Roscommon counties. Rest stations, lots of volunteers and, great food awaits you at the finish!


One Helluva Ride

Chelsea

07/08/17

Join us for a day of scenic bicycle touring over tree-lined, paved roads through rural and recreation areas on beautiful rolling terrain that varies enough to appeal to a broad range of bicyclists. OHR riders can choose from six great loop routes. All the routes share the same central lunch stop so that family members and friends who decide to take different routes can meet. All routes will be clearly marked and maps provided. There will be lunch and snack stops, entertainment, embroidered patches, SAG support and mechanics on duty, quality custom merchandise, friendly volunteers and post-ride ice-cold watermelon at Chelsea Fairgrounds.

Ride to Pictured Rocks

Gray Wolf Lodge - Manistique

07/09/17 - 07/14/17

Experience the Pictured Rocks by bike! Five days of super riding, plus a day off to see Pictured Rocks up close! Quiet roads, great support & lodging, and some surprise dining options make this a wonderful tour! Sights include Lakes Michigan and Superior, Big Springs- Kitchi Iti Tipi Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from land AND sea, Grand Marais, and the last night out at our favorite Bed & Breakfast- Chamberlin's Old Forest Inn. Make your reservation today!

 

 


Covered Bridge Bike Tour

Lowell

07/09/17

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. Please join us Sunday, July 9TH in historic Fallasburg Village for the 23RD Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour

 

The Michigander Bicycle Tour

 Frankfort

07/15/17 - 07/22/17

Experience Michigan’s classic cycling vacation amidst the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore overlooking Lake Michigan while winding through the forests and valleys of the Leelanau Peninsula. The MichiganderBicycle Tour combines beautiful trails, Great Lakes beaches, lighthouses, rivers, virgin white pines, and a healthy serving of brewpubs.Cyclists have three tour options; 2-Day Tour, 6-Day Tour or 8-day Tour and an optional century ride. Includes breakfast and dinner daily with camping at Frankfort & Leland High Schools and Grand Traverse Civic Center.


North Country 100 Bicycle Tour

Wakefield

07/15/17

Rider on paved roads through rolling terrain, past lakes and forests and enjoy the wildflowers and scenery of the Upper Peninsula. Routes for the 100 mile and 100 kilometer are designed with more experienced riders in mind. The 25 mile route follows a moderate terrain. All three tours are open to any rider aged 12 and older, so riders should keep in mind their own limits.  After the ride enjoy a meal by beautiful Sunday Lake. See website for more information.


The Great Waters Tour

St. Ignace

07/16/17 - 07/21/17

Take an Adventure in the eastern U.P! This 5 day tour hits 3 Great Lakes plus the best sights in the eastern UP, including St. Ignace, Tahquamenon Falls, and the Soo locks. Full sag service, most meals, good lodging, all make for a fun tour!

 

Ride Around Torch  

Elk Rapids

07/16/17

Enjoy great views of Torch Lake and Lake Michigan while riding around one of Michigan's premier lakes on lightly traveled rural roads, past scenic farms and orchards. After ride picnic lunch is included at Elk Rapids Beach, with swimming available.


Coast Guard City Century Bicycle Tour

Grand Haven

07/30/17

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!








    

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