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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/ 

HUB Fest

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  • Published on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 17:04
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hubridernewThis past weekend, June 10, LMB held our first ever Hadrian's Ultimate Bicycle Fest (HUB Fest). Thank you to our title sponsor Brazeway and our volunteers for helping us to host 250 cyclists, in the charming city of Adrian.

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.

Some of our most adventurous riders took on the Gravel Grinder, where they twisted through 55 miles of Adrian's off-roads. For our families and children, the Hadrian Hoopla gave beginners a choice of a 7 or 15 mile loop. Hoopla was completed with a skills course and a bounce house for the kids to enjoy. The Road Ramble was a challenge for our heartiest cyclists. Through their choice of 40, 62, or 100 miles, cyclists rode through small towns, rustic farms, and beautiful fields. Finally, for our cyclists with a palette for wine, our fourth route, Vino Velo, brought cyclists to three wineries within the area. Riders sampled wine from Flying Otter, J. Trees, and Black Fire wineries, all of which came with a gorgeous view to rest and enjoy the Michigan summer.

hubbandnewwWhen cyclists made their way back to home base, they were greeted with a variety of delicious food to soothe the hunger of BBQ lovers and vegans alike. Cold beer from Tecumseh Brewing Co. and Cotton Brewing Co. were ready at hand. The summer afternoon led us into the night with sounds from local bands: the Dan Kesterke Band, Grupo Dezeo, and Hullabaloo. People danced while others rested and soaked in the music as they ended the day on an impeccable note.

The day provided fun for everyone; it was a joy to see the bicycling community, young and old, join together to share a day dedicated to safe riding.

June $1 Per Rider Events

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  • Published on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 10:41
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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!

ROCMichigan
06/09/17 - 06/12/17
Grand Rapids
ROCMichigan is a well managed 1 to 4 day recreational biking event to raise funds for strengthening urban neighborhoods. Riders raise $2/m to support urban renewal organizations. Suitable for beginners and experienced riders.
https://goo.gl/Lkbd2u

Ride United
06/17/17
Muskegon
Fun scenic ride for all! All riders will leave from downtown Muskegon, enjoying routes along beautiful Lake Michigan to Pioneer Park. 50 mile riders will continue on along roads and the Hart-Montague trail to Whitehall. 100 mile riders will ride past seven inland lakes to Silver Lake. All riders will return to a fun and tasty finish line party at annual Taste of Muskegon festival in Hackley Park, featuring food and beverages from local restaurants and live music.
https://goo.gl/trlz4c

Pumpkinvine Bike Ride
06/17/17
Goshen
The Pumpkinvine Bike Ride meanders past Amish farms and down a partially shaded trail spotted with wildflowers. Cruise on roads beside horses and buggies past traditional farms with sheep, cattle and newborn foals in summer pastures. Generous SAGs at Middlebury and Shipshewana serve drinks, fruit, energy foods and cold cut sandwiches. End your ride with pie and ice cream.
https://goo.gl/BqWHih

Thumbs Up 200k, 440k, 600k
06/17/17
Port Huron
Enjoy the farmland of the Thumb and the Lake Huron shoreline, with controls in North Branch, Frankenmuth, Sebewaing, Port Austin, and Lake Huron Roadside Park. An ACP Certified Brevet.
https://goo.gl/3QsGSz

Leelanau Shores Comfort Tour
06/18/17 - 06/23/17
Traverse City
Traverse City and Leelanau County are in the nicest corner of Michigan, and you'll think you've died and gone to heaven with this tour! Great hotels, wonderful dining, thrilling sights, plus a kayak ride for fun! This full-service tour is super! Sights include Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, the Tart Trail, Suttons Bay, Leland, Glen Arbor and Crystal River.
https://goo.gl/wLe7x7 

Vuelta Puerto Sheldon / Tour of Port Sheldon Road Race
06/18/17 - 06/18/17
West Olive
Racers of all experience, from novice to expert, are invited and will test their skills navigating race circuit. La ruta de Vuelta a Puerto Sheldon—the race course—speeds arrow-straight past conifer forests and rolls through peaceful lakeside neighborhoods before sweeping upon the most popular, winding lakeshore drive in West Michigan. ¡Feliz Dia del Padres! Happy Fathers Day!
https://goo.gl/KMyp8E 

Pedal Across Lower Michigan (PALM)
06/24/17 - 06/30/17
Saugatuck
PALM is Michigan's premier family oriented bicycle tour since 1982. Our ride covers 253 total miles, with optional longer routes each day. Optional meal and bus purchases. Paved roads. Suitable for novice and veteran tour riders.
https://goo.gl/urQN4n 

Mick Webster Memorial Bicycle Tour (Mick's Ride)
06/24/17
Jackson
Mick past away May 17th, 2006 after a 6 year battle with malignant melanoma. All proceeds from the ride go directly to the Relay for Life, which Mick felt very strong about, so that some day a cure can be found for this disease and others.
Her ride starts at P & T Fitness with a mass start and runs through southwest Jackson County and along the Falling Waters Trail.
https://goo.gl/TKLAQc 

Blue Water Ramble
06/25/17
Algonac
The Blue Water Ramble is a tour of the beautiful Blue Water Region with views of the St. Clair River. 27, 46, 63 and 100 mile route options available. Most routes will take a ferry onto Harsens Island, where riders will experience low traffic and breathtaking views. Perfect for family and novice riders. Century route provides a challenge and a spectacular view of the Blue Water Bridge.
https://goo.gl/0ErHAp

Kalamazoo Scenic Bicycle Tour (KalTour)
06/25/17
Kalamazoo
KalTour travels the low-traffic rolling backroads of Western Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties, passing orchards vineyards, farm fields, wetlands, and wooded hills. All routes join at our scenic lunch stop for sandwiches, fruit, and cookies.
https://goo.gl/rGvw3N 

Sea to Sea 2017
06/26/17 - 08/31/17
Grand Rapids
Sea to Sea 2017 will ride from Vancouver to Halifax. Riders can choose to ride the full distance, one week or two weeks depending on their availability. Sea to Sea is a fully supported tour including all meals, overnights, SAG, Rest Stops, Medics and Mechanics. Sea to Sea is a bicycling mission fighting poverty through fundraising and awareness. Riders from around the world cycle across North America advocating for hope and taking action to break the cycle of poverty.
https://goo.gl/bSZeyr 

LMB's Executive Director Speaks With Michigan Radio

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  • Published on Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:08
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miradio logo header 3 1LMB's Executive Director, John Lindenmayer, along with the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator at the Michigan Department of Transportation, Josh DeBruyn, spoke with Michigan Radio's Doug Tribou regarding the future of bicycling and bicycle safety in Michigan as part of Michigan Radio's “Sharing the Road” series examining bike safety in Michigan. Learn more about our 5-foot safe passing bill, driver's education improvement bill, and other potential legislature pending in both the State House and Senate. Be sure to listen to the other two parts of the series to get a full picture of Michigan Radio's investigation. 

Thank you to Michigan Radio and Doug Tribou for speaking with us, and for this informative series. 

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2017 Advocacy Day Recap

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  • Published on Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:57
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Advocacy-Web-Post-3LMB, together with our partners the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, the Michigan Mountain Bicycling Association, and PEAC, hosted a successful Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day this week at the State Capitol in Lansing.

The annual event drew its biggest numbers ever, with nearly 120 bicyclists from across the state making the trip to Lansing for a day of legislative meetings regarding bicycle issues. This year, the issues that participants advocated for included our 5-foot safe passing bill and drivers education improvement bill, which will require a minimum of one hour devoted to safely interacting with bicyclists on the road. This legislation was introduced earlier this year, and advocates had the chance to ask their representatives to support the bills when they come to a vote. Participants also sought sponsors for a proposed bill to clarify the definition of an obstructed license to exclude a bicycle rack. Finally, advocates discussed legislation that is being crafted to regulate electric assist bicycles, or e-bikes.

In order to better understand the rising popularity of e-bikes that is making new legislation necessary, this year's Advocacy Day included an e-bike demonstration. E-bikes provided by Trek and American Cycle and Fitness, along with safety gear, were on hand for participants and passers-by to try. A number of legislators came down to the demonstration to learn more about this new technology, and to try it out firsthand.

During a lunchtime ceremony, Rep. Holly Hughes presented House Resolution No. 104 to declare May 2017 as Bike Month in the state of Michigan. LMB then had a chance to the recipients of our first ever Micro-Grant. The representatives from the organizations that received funds had a chance to share a few words regarding the exciting projects they are getting off the ground with the funding.
Many Advocacy Day participants reported positive support for most of our legislation, and good discussion all around. Representatives from LMB are back at the Capitol today, attending follow-up meetings with legislators that will hopefully continue to keep bicycle issues at the forefront of the lawmakers' minds.

If you were not able to attend Advocacy Day, you can still help advance our bicycle bills from home. Follow the steps from our Virtual Lobbying Day anytime to keep the conversation between bicyclists and lawmakers going strong.

Thank you to our partners, volunteers, and all who attended for helping to make this Advocacy Day a huge success!

LMB Announces Micro-Grant Awardees

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  • Published on Thursday, 18 May 2017 17:00
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FB-ImageLMB is thrilled to announce the recipients of our first ever Micro-Grant Program!

We were excited and overwhelmed with the number of worthy projects that were submitted. The funds requested of the Micro-Grant Program totaled over three times the funds available! All proposals submitted were worthy projects. We applaud all the applicants for their efforts to promote bicycle safety, access, awareness, and education.

The projects that will receive funds through the 2017 Micro-Grant Grant Program are:

  •     Youth Ride Club - Back Alley Bikes, Detroit
  •     Mechanical Apprenticeship Program - Boston Square Community -Bikes, Grand Rapids
  •     Bike Smart, Bike Safe. - Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle -Coalition, Grand Rapids
  •     Maintenance & Repair Course Scholarship Fund - Lansing Bike Co-op, Lansing
  •     Estrellas Balance Bike Program - Norte!, Traverse City
  •     Summer Cycling Program - PEAC, Yspilanti
  •     8th Street Pop-Up Bike Lanes - Pedal Holland, Holland
  •     Recycle-A- Bicycle Program - TART Trails, Inc, Traverse City
  •     Public Bicycle Repair Stations & Pumps for Hamtramck - Tour de Troit, Detroit
  •     East Side Bike Drive - Advancing Macomb, Mt. Clemens

 

The Micro-Grant program was launched to provide financial assistance to individuals and organizations who implement creative projects and promote bicycling safety on Michigan roadways. This year's Micro-Grant recipients will receive their grant during a ceremony at Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day on May 24, 2017, at the State Capitol in Lansing.

 

Congratulations to all the Micro-Grant recipients! We truly wish all those who applied the best with their projects!

 

 

Ride of Silence is May 17th

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  • Published on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:32
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RoS Classic-Corrected 3.10.15This Wednesday, May 17th, marks the 15th Anniversary of the Ride of Silence. This annual memorial ride grew out of tragic loss of nationally ranked endurance cyclist, Larry Schwartz, who was struck and killed by a passing bus while riding his bicycle in 2003. Since then, the Ride of Silence has grown into a world-wide silent group ride where friends and family gather to honor and grieve fallen cyclists.

Annually during Bike Month, communities across the U.S. plan local Rides of Silence to not only to honor fallen cyclists, but also to raise awareness of cyclists on roadways and remind drivers at the wheel of all the tragic consequences of refusing to recognize and respect their right to ride.

Please visit rideofsilence.org to find your local Ride of Silence. There is no fee to participate. Cyclists are asked to maintain silence and ride no faster than 12 mph. Rides are typically 8 to 12 miles long.

We hope you will join your local Ride of Silence tomorrow and ride to honor the fallen as well as to help raise awareness of bicyclists on the roadways.

Donate to LMB at Zingerman's During Bike Month

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  • Published on Monday, 08 May 2017 16:41
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ZingermansZingerman's Delicatessen in Ann Arbor has chosen to support LMB with a special fundraiser in their store during the month of May!!

"The birds are chirping, flowers are in bloom and bicycle wheels are in motion. Spring is here! May is National Bike Month – so we thought, what better way to help support the good folks at the League of Michigan Bicyclists than with a fundraiser? The mission of the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) is to promote bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on the roadways of Michigan. For the entire month of May, you can round your transaction up to the nearest dollar to make a donation to help LMB fight to make Michigan a more bicycle-friendly state.

We also have donation boxes set up at the registers – drop a few coins or leave a few dollars – every little bit helps!"

Stop in to Zingerman's today and round up your purchase to help us with our education and advocacy work.

A big THANK YOU to Zingerman's for their support this Bike Month!

May $1 Per Rider Events

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  • Published on Tuesday, 02 May 2017 16:11
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Dollar-Per-Ride-2017There are many ways to get riding during Bike Month, however, 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!

05/08/17 - 05/10/17
Sault Ste. Marie
Our Crazy Hair-brained Rides continue! This is Crazy because we're in the Soo for 3 days in May! This is hair-brained because you can camp or stay in a motel! This is fantastic because partial proceeds will help support 3 Northern Michigan University students cycle around Lake Superior! Bonus: Full moon on the 10th PLUS sunset at 9 p.m. or later! Come out for the fun!
 
05/13/17 - 06/03/17
Portage
Camp runs Saturdays starting May 13th.  Learn how to ride a bike properly, efficiently and safely on public roads.  Topics include bike fit, rules of the road, maintenance, riding proficiently and fitness goals.
 
05/19/17 - 05/21/17
South Haven
Enjoy a long weekend in May visiting wineries and farms along quiet country roads on the west coast of Michigan! You'll see sights and sample gourmet chocolate, fresh cheese, and maybe some wine. Bring a friend to enjoy the fun!
 
05/19/17 - 05/21/17
South Haven
Get a great start on your season with our Hops 'n' Hard Cider Tour. You'll enjoy 3 days of riding, and along the way visit Virtue Cider, famous for their hard apple cider, plus optional stops at Saugatuck Brewing and at New Holland Brewing. We include 2 nights of lodging, 2 breakfasts and one dinner, plus a bike guide, mapping, and sag wagon support. Join us now!
 
05/20/17
Cedar Springs
One way leisure trip from Lake Station to Midland, MI.
All proceeds go towards sending kids to Summer Camp at Camp Michawana.
 
05/20/17
Greenville
Spin the Spokes for Habitat is a bike ride using the Fred Meijer Flat and Heartland Trails. There is a ride length suited for you whether it's an easy 8-mile leisurely ride, a 50-mile training ride for other events or something in between. Besides being a great, enjoyable ride, proceeds from the ride and fund-raising efforts benefit local families.
The ride features a flat, paved rail-trail, ride support and aid stations on an out-and-back trip on the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail for the longer ride distances. The adventure starts and continues on the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail within the City of Greenville. Features of this trail are scenic views along the Flat River some hills, Baldwin Lake and stop in the tunnel under M-57 to take in the museum feature entitled "From Ice to Us".
 
05/20/17 - 05/21/17
Kalamazoo
Give your season a kick-start on the Kal-Haven Trail, out & back over 2 days. We'll haul your luggage, provide lunch, and have options for motel or camping. This is a great and safe trail, and a good way to start the season!
 
05/20/17
Commerce Charter Twp
A circumnavigation of metro Detroit. With over 15 hours of daylight, many riders will be able to complete this Brevet in the daylight hours.
An ACP Certified Brevet.
 
05/27/17
Oscoda
A great spring ride through the countryside. Ride lengths for any fitness level. Volunteers at every turn to guide/support riders.  Proceeds benefit the youth group for a domestic mission trip. Come see the Sunrise Side! FB "Holy Spokes Bike Tour". Sponsorship is available starting at $100 to be included in Local advertising and be on the T-shirt.

LMB Announces Micro-Grant Program

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  • Published on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 15:31
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FB-ImageLMB is thrilled to announce our new Micro-Grant Program! 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 range 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 will grant up to $12,000 in Micro-Grants. The Micro-Grants are funded by the proceeds of LMB Tours
 
LMB has a targeted interest in:
  • Projects focused on bicycle safety
  • Campaigns focused on efforts to increase ridership – especially among youth, women, and underserved communities
  • Applications related to on the ground advocacy efforts that stimulate community action towards policy change
  • Innovative projects that demonstrate creativity and that can serve as a model for other bicycling advocates and communities across Michigan
  • For other requests, please contact us
 
We currently do not fund:
  • Trail or mountain biking infrastructure projects (We will, however, consider proposals to install bicycle parking and fix-it stations other trail amenities that encourage ridership.)
  • Share the road signs
  • Bicycle tours/rides/races
  • General or ongoing organizational support
  • Campaigns for political candidates
 
Who can apply?
Micro-grant funds are open to all Michigan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Individuals, clubs, or other entities without an official 501(c)(3) designation will be considered if accompanied by a fiscal sponsorship agreement with an established nonprofit.
 
Grant applications from LMB members are given highest priority. If you or your organization are not currently a member, please consider joining in conjunction with your application or at www.LMB.org/join. 
 
Grants must be applied for in advance of the opportunity. Retroactive requests will not be accepted.
 
How to apply
To apply, please download and complete a LMB Micro-Grant Application. Completed applications must be forwarded via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) designation letter or fiscal sponsorship agreement letter. Optional additional documents, such as letters of support, may also be submitted via email.
 
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Deadline 
Grant applications will be accepted until May 5th, 2017. Micro-Grant awardees will be notified by May 12. Micro-Grant funds will be distributed at a ceremony during LMB’s Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day on May 24th at the State Capitol. Grant awardees are strongly encouraged to attend the ceremony.
 
Reporting Requirements
 
LMB requests that all grant recipients keep us updated on the progress of their projects. Grant recipient expectations include:
• A short write up (400 words or less) explaining your project. Things to include: 
  • Outcome: what did your project build, improve, develop or accomplish?
  • Who participated: identify volunteers, supporters, businesses, other groups who helped make your project a reality, including any political support received
  • Benefits to the community, including economic impact if information is available
  • Impact on ridership, safety, etc.
  • Keys to success and lessons learned: help us help others with what worked and what did not
  • Summary of media coverage, if applicable
• Photos (we really love pictures of people riding bicycles)
• Mention of LMB in traditional media and/or social media outlets
• Include LMB name/logo on applicable print and digital materials
• Include “Project made possible by League of Michigan Bicyclists” on all projects
• A short thank you letter to share with our donors that briefly explains your project or campaign
 
Repayment Policy
 
We do not expect to be repaid for awarded grants unless you are unable to complete the project and reporting requirements within one year, in which case LMB reserves the right to request repayment in full.
 

HUB Fest Sponsors

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  • Published on Friday, 17 March 2017 12:17
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To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities, please download the HUB Fest Sponsor Kit.

Bicycle Bills Reintroduced in 2017

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  • Published on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:50
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IMG 3430LMB recently learned that our 5-foot passing and driver's education improvement bills, which were not passed before the last legislative session adjourned in 2016, have been reintroduced in both the House and Senate!

The 5-Foot safe passing bill was introduced as SB 0123 by Senators Knezek and O'Brien, who sponsored the bills last session. A House version of the bill (HB 4185) was introduced by Representative Bizon.

The driver's education bill was reintroduced as SB 0124, again by Senators Knezek and O'Brien. A House version of this bill was also introduced as HB 4198 by Representatives Alexander, Bizon, Hughes, Kahle, Hornberger, and Webber.

We will be posting more information regarding these bills in the near future, including how you can get involved to help them advance. In the meantime, be sure to email the bills' sponsors to thank them for introducing the legislature early in the year. You can find their contact information using the links above.

You can also show your support to House and Senate Leadership by carbon copying them on your messages:
House Speaker Tom Leonard – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Senate Majority Leader - Arlan B. Meekhof - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Check back on our website and social media for future updates, and be ready to take action when the time comes! While we did not meet our ultimate goal in 2016, with your continued support, 2017 will be a great year for bicycle legislation in Michigan!

Year End Legislative Update - We Went Down Swinging!

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  • Published on Friday, 16 December 2016 17:08
  • Written by John Lindenmayer
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434666939Friends,

Yesterday the 98th Michigan Legislature concluded businesses for 2016. Unfortunately, despite our tireless advocacy efforts, the 5-foot passing and driver's education improvement bills were not put to a vote before the House adjourned.

While this is a disappointment for the bicycling community, it is only a temporary setback to our efforts to make bicycling safe and convenient for everyone in Michigan. In the meantime, we can feel good knowing we made a noticeable impact.

Read more: Year End Legislative Update - We Went Down Swinging!

The Senate Voted, But the Fight is Not Over

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  • Published on Friday, 21 October 2016 16:53
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Capital-BikesLMB is thrilled to report that the Senate adopted our 5-foot passing bills (SB 1076 and 1077) and our driver's education improvement bill (SB 1078).

The bills now move to the House. We are still waiting to hear what committee they will be referred to. We know that the House will not meet again until after the election on November 8, meaning no further action on these bills will be taken before that date. However, we are optimistic that we will still see House action during lame duck session this fall.

You can read the full text of the 5-foot passing bills, here and here.

SB 1077 deals with motorists passing on the left of a bicyclist. It states:

THE DRIVER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE OVERTAKING A BICYCLE PROCEEDING IN THE SAME DIRECTION SHALL PASS AT A SAFE DISTANCE OF AT LEAST 5 FEET TO THE LEFT OF THAT BICYCLE, 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.

NOTWITHSTANDING SECTION 640, IF IT IS SAFE TO DO SO, THE DRIVER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE OVERTAKING A BICYCLE PROCEEDING IN THE SAME DIRECTION MAY OVERTAKE AND PASS THE BICYCLE IN A NO-PASSING ZONE.

SB 1076 is similar, but deals with motorists passing on the right of a bicyclist. Examples of why a motorist might pass to the right of a bicyclist include when the bicyclist is riding on the far left side of a one-way road, or when the bicyclist is maneuvering away from the right side of the road in order to make a left turn.

Significant changes were made to the driver's education legislation (SB 1078) before it passed off the Senate floor. The original bill language included three hours dedicated to bicycle and motorcycle awareness. It read:

Classroom instruction shall include 3 OR MORE HOURS OF information concerning the laws pertaining to bicycles and motorcycles and shall emphasize awareness of their operation on the streets, roads, and highways of this state.

The full text of the version of SB 1077 that was adopted, with substitute language, can be found here. The substitute language reads:

Classroom instruction shall include NOT LESS THAN 1 HOUR OF information concerning the laws pertaining to bicycles, and 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 ADDITIONAL CURRICULUM, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, LAWS PERTAINING TO YIELDING THE RIGHT-OF-WAY, TRAVELING AT A SAFE AND REASONABLE SPEED FOR CONDITIONS, ENSURING A SAFE DISTANCE, AND DISTRACTED DRIVING.

LMB was disappointed to see the time requirement changed from three hours to one. Additionally, while we certainly support protecting all vulnerable roadway users such as pedestrians, the revised language now splits a single one hour between all three user groups.

We are excited, however, at the inclusion of the second sentence, which requires that bicycle information also be incorporated in other areas of the curriculum outside of the stand-alone hour segment. Likewise we are pleased that a short list of delineated topics was included such as yielding right of way, speed, safe distance, and distracted driving.

Senator O'Brien, the bill sponsor from Kalamazoo, was in favor of the reduction in time in order to appease concerns by the Secretary of State's (SOS) office over the original three-hour requirement. While LMB pushed back on any reduction in time, we still believe this is a positive step towards educating young drivers about sharing the road. Additionally, Senator O'Brien and SOS are already discussing opportunities to make more substantial changes to the driver's education curriculum next session, including adding more time to the entire course. This will provide the cycling community additional opportunities to push for additional bicycle safety content.

One obvious omission from our Senate victory is the absence of our Vulnerable Roadway User bills that create enhanced penalties for drivers who injure or kill a bicyclist. Despite the Judiciary Committee unanimously passing SB 1029 and 1030, Republican leadership did not schedule the bills for a floor vote, stating concerns about creating special classes of penalties. Despite the setback, LMB remains optimistic about the prospect of advancing these bills during lame duck.

What can you do to continue moving this legislation forward?

1) Sign and share our Action Alert.
Add your name to our Action Alert at LMB.org/takeaction. Doing this will send an email to your State Representative, Senator, and Governor Snyder. Since bills are in play in both chambers, it is important to continue to get emails into offices. Language reflecting recent events will be added to the Action Alert, meaning that even if you have already signed, singing it again will serve to remind your lawmakers that there is still work for them to do. 

2) Thank your Senator.
Don't forget to thank your Senator for their leadership! The bills had a lot of positive support and were adopted by wide margins. This means that your emails, phones calls, and social media posts did not go unnoticed. You can find their contact information here.

Below is a breakdown of how the Senators voted*:

SB 1076
Yeas—34, Nays—2 (Hildenbrand, Knollenberg)

SB 1077
Yeas—34, Nays—2 (Hildenbrand, Knollenberg)

SB 1078
Yeas—36, Nays—0

*Senator Johnson was excused from all three votes.

3) Stay tuned for opportunities to advance our Vulnerable Roadway User bills.
LMB is working on the next step in driving forward this bill, and we will need your help to do it. Please keep an eye on our social media, website, and on your emails. Be ready to join us in the next push to get movement on this important legislation.

As always, thank you to everyone who has joined and helped us get this far. This victory shows the strength our collective voices have in driving change. Let's keep it up!

Take Action by Calling Your Senator

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  • Published on Monday, 17 October 2016 13:39
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Update-PictureLMB has received word that our bicycle safety legislation will likely be put to a vote when the Senate meets this week! 

This great news is a result of the thousands of emails supporters like you have sent to legislative offices in recent weeks. Thank you! We need your help again to continue to advance these bills. Please call your Senator TODAY to urge them to vote YES on this important bicycle safety package. Just a few minutes on the phone will allow your Senator to hear in your voice how important this legislation is.

To find your Senator's name and phone number, use the Find My Senator search. Most offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Voice-mail messages are also encouraged if you cannot call during office hours. Below is a sample script.

"Hello my name is                 from                    . I'm calling to support bicycle safety legislation, Senate Bills 1029, 1030, 1076, 1077, and 1078, that recently passed unanimously out of the Judiciary Committee. I urge Senator                  to vote yes when they are put to a vote this week. Bicycle fatalities increased 57% in 2015 and so far we've already experienced 20 bicycle deaths this year. This common-sense package, which has broad bipartisan and bicameral support, will help prevent more needless tragedies. As one of your constituents, I believe that this legislation is important because                   .Thank you for your time."

If you reach a staff member rather than your Senator directly, please ask them to relay your message to the Senator. Whether you connect with a Senator or their staff, be sure to thank them for their time and consideration.

Another powerful way you can urge your Senator to vote yes is through social media. Using the same Find My Senator search, you can be directed to their website. From there, you can locate the Senator's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tweet at them or post on their Wall to urge them to vote yes. Below is a sample Tweet.

@(Your Senator's Twitter) 34 bicyclists died on #Michigan roads in 2015. 20 more deaths in 2016. Vote YES on #bicycle safety legislation this week!

The package of bicycle safety bills (SB 1029, 1030, 1076, 1077, and 1078) will protect vulnerable roadway users, create clear standards for motorists to safely pass bicyclists, and improve driver's education in Michigan to put a greater emphasis on bicycle safety.

Getting this package of bills signed into law is a process, and it is only because of the individuals who have banded together that they have gotten this far. Through our collective voice, we have gone from having these bills introduced, to being passed through a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, and onto the Senate floor. There is strength in numbers. Please ask your fellow cyclists, friends, family members, and neighbors to follow your lead and also make phone calls to their Senators. Now it's time for one more push to get these bills voted out of the Senate, and one step closer to being law!

Bicycle Safety Legislation Still Needs Your Support

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  • Published on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:01
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IMG 3430LMB was very pleased with the Senate Judiciary Committee's recent vote in favor of bicycle-friendly legislation (SB 1029, 1030, 1076, 1077, and 1078).

However, there is more work to be done! The bills now go to the Senate floor for consideration. The Senate will only meet briefly in October and we need your help to ensure that the bills are scheduled for a vote. Please take a moment to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to urge them to put this matter to a vote at the next available opportunity!


Sample message:

I applaud the Senate Judiciary's swift action on September 20th in support of SB 1029, 1030, 1076, 1077, and 1078, bills aimed at protecting bicyclists and other vulnerable roadway users. The bills now await action on the Senate Floor. As the Senate Majority Leader and Senate Majority Floor Leader, I urge you to schedule a vote for this important bill package during your next session day in October.

Bicycle fatalities and serious injuries are far too common in our state. Michigan lags behind other states in protecting bicyclists, pedestrians, and wheelchair users and is one of only eleven states without a law specifically requiring motorists to pass bicyclists safely. In addition, our driver's education curriculum only gives a fleeting mention of how to safely interact with bicyclists on the roads. It is thus no surprise that bicycle fatalities increased an alarming 57% in 2015. The horrific headlines of bicycle fatalities across the state this summer demonstrate that the problem is only getting worse. You are in a unique position to prevent future tragedies by moving these bills to the House as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your leadership!

Sincerely,


We are so thankful for the swift action of our members and friends that have kept this issue in the minds of our lawmakers by signing and sharing our action alert. If you have not added your name yet, please sign our action alert today to send a message in support of these bills to your Senator, Representative, and Governor Snyder. Our collective voice is really helping to push these issues to the forefront. Let's keep the momentum going!

LMB Merchandise Sale!

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  • Published on Monday, 26 September 2016 17:07
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Tour-Shirt-Promo-GifThis month, shop our online store and take 40% off LMB Tour T-Shirts with coupon code: LMBTOURS. LMB Tour T-Shirts run from size Small to 3XL and start at $9.60 for members using the coupon code! The shirts come in a variety of colors, including a high-visibility yellow in performance grade fabric!

You can also take $5 off LMB Tours cycling caps with the coupon code CYCLEMI.

Enter the code at checkout to receive the discount!

Be sure to check out the rest of the online store for our T-Shirts, Hoodies, Jerseys, and Pint Glasses!

Bicycle Safety Legislation Clears Senate Committee

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  • Published on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:02
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IMG 3430We are very pleased to report that the Senate Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of our package of legislation at a hearing on September 20 in Lansing! The package of five Bills (SB 1029, 1030, 1076, 1077, and 1078) collectively will protect vulnerable roadway users, create clear standards for motorists to safely pass bicyclists, and improve driver’s education in Michigan to put a greater emphasis on bicycle safety.

LMB would like to thank Senators O'Brien and Knezek for sponsoring this legislation and Bryan Waldman for representing LMB during the hearing. We would also like to thank the Judiciary Committee for their attention and support for this matter.

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

The Bills now go to the Senate floor for consideration. We urge the Senate to answer the call of bicyclists and their communities and vote "yes" on these Bills. We also urge the House of Representatives and Governor Snyder to take swift action thereafter to sign this legislation into law. Please continue to call on your lawmakers to voice the need to put these Bills on the Governor's desk as soon as possible to help prevent further tragedies!

Video of the Judiciary Committee Hearing is available and can we viewed below. Our package of Bills is put before the Committee following a statement from Senators O'Brien and Knezek, beginning around 17 minutes into the video.

Bicycle Safety Legislative Update

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  • Published on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 17:09
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14238215 10153790952485143 4953089667759791325 nLMB would like to thank everybody for all the support this summer, both financially and through our various calls to action. To say that it has been a tough summer is an understatement. As we turn to fall however, we are excited at opportunities that, with your help, will significantly improve bicycle safety across our state.

We recently received word that a committee hearing is scheduled for September 20th for our 5-foot passing and vulnerable roadway user bills. We’ve been waiting patiently throughout the summer for this opportunity. These bills require motorists to pass bicyclists with a minimum of five feet and create increased penalties for drivers who injure or kill a cyclist. We are excited to announce that in the upcoming days State Senator Margaret O'Brien will also introduce a bill that mandates that Michigan driver’s education curriculum include three or more hours of information concerning the laws pertaining to bicycles.

In tandem, these three legislative changes will play a significant role in making Michigan a more bicycle friendly state. No doubt, there is still plenty of future work to be done including better educating bicyclists and motorists alike and curbing intoxicated and distracting driving. In the meantime, these three policy priorities are tangible by this year’s end if we all work together.

So, how can you help? The best thing you can do is to SIGN and SHARE our action alert at www.LMB.org/takeaction. We need to get as many emails into legislative offices leading up the to the committee hearing as possible!. Just put in your contact details and personalize the message to tell your own story – it’s that easy.

If you’ve already signed, THANK YOU! We’ve already submitted over 6,000 emails to our state lawmakers. Let’s keep up the momentum! Please share the the graphic and link (www.LMB.org/takeaction) across your personal networks…Email it, Facebook it, Tweet it, Instagram It…just get the word out as broadly as you can. You don’t need to be a bicyclist to sign. Many friends and loved ones of bicyclists have expressed their concern about the growing number of tragic headlines involving cyclists in our state. They care about your safety on the roadways and are likely eager to help. Please be sure to reach out to any non-cycling friends and family to engage them in our efforts.

Secondly, if you represent an organization, club, shop, or business, please consider writing a short letter of support to the Senate Judiciary Committee. We are already working behind the scenes to line up testimony from various partner organizations and victims across the state. You can supplement these powerful stories by putting your support in writing. If you are interested, please contact me for additional guidance.

Lastly, if you are interested in attending the hearing on September 20th, please contact LMB's office ASAP for more details. The committee rooms are relatively small. While we certainly want to fill the room with supporters, we also want to make sure we are well organized, on message, and have plenty of time for our planned testimony.

Again, thank you for all the support. Let’s get these bills passed!

Shoreline West 2016 Wrap Up!

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  • Published on Monday, 22 August 2016 16:41
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Sunset-smallThe 30th annual Shoreline West Bicycle Tour wrapped up on August 13 and was a great success!

This year, Shoreline West was LMB's biggest tour ever with 552 riders. Our new friends ranged in age from 4 to 76 and joined us from 38 states and 2 countries. The route wound its way up Lake Michigan's west coastline. Riders cycled through fields of sunflowers, past impressive sand dunes, and up a couple screaming hills topped with panoramic views that made the climb worth it. There were plenty of opportunities for photographs at popular sites like the world's largest weather-vane and the Ludington North Breakwater Light. In the evenings, riders ventured to the charming towns that hosted us for great food and the occasional adult beverage. Shoreline West definitely showcased a little bit of everything that makes Michigan awesome.

In addition to the usual gems along the the route, LMB planned a few surprises to celebrate our milestone 30th anniversary.c275

One surprise was LMB's new Photo Booth. A backdrop, camera, and fun accessories were available for riders to use at every site. Riders posed for the camera and had their photos sent to them or posted to their social media accounts. By the end of the tour, LMB had collected many humorous shots of riders just goofing around!

LMB also hosted a concert during the Layover Day in Traverse City. Musician Joshua Davis was on hand to serenade our riders in an intimate setting at the City Opera House. This historic building was stunning and provided a beautiful backdrop to go along with Davis' tunes. Riders who stuck around after the encore even got a chance to chat with Davis and have their newly purchased CD's signed.f125

Riders also got a chance to scoop up some of our new merchandise! LMB has been working on new designs and was very excited to see riders showing them off on the tour.

And, finally, LMB unveiled its solution charging everyone's electronics: our newly designed charging station. This was a welcome sight to riders who remember the hassles of hunting down an outlet and or trying to untangle from a mess of cords from previous tours.

LMB closed its office in Lansing in order for our staff to run the tour after our Tour Director, Scott Elliott, was injured in a hit-and-run crash while riding his bicycle. Thankfully, Scott 13903207 1776646005943436 5442549643850168461 nis on the road to recovery, and LMB staff was able to pull off a successful tour! We could not have done it without our tireless volunteers, who year after year step up to the plate and out-do themselves. We are immeasurably grateful.

We truly hope that all our riders enjoyed themselves on Shoreline West 2016. The tour, along with our other bicycle tours, underwrite our organization and are vital in advancing our mission to promote bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on the roadways of Michigan.

We are already looking ahead to Shoreline West 2017, hope to see everyone then!

 

Announcement Regarding Pedal and Paddle 2016 Tour

  • Category: LMB News
  • Published on Monday, 22 August 2016 14:03
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Pedal-and-Paddle-Small-LogoIt is with great disappointment that we must announce that LMB is canceling the Pedal & Paddle Bicycle Tour scheduled for September 16-18. After consultation with LMB staff, Board of Directors, and tour volunteers, we have come to the consensus that it is in the best interest of the organization to cancel the event for 2016.

LMB Tours play a significant role in financially underwriting LMB's mission so we did not make the decision lightly. We apologize for any disappointment and inconvenience this may bring. We have been working through various scenarios the past couple weeks regarding how we could still pull off a successful event, but the cards were simply not in our favor this year. We would like to thank our riders for their understanding and sincerely appreciate their support and interest in our tours. 

Read more: Announcement Regarding Pedal and Paddle 2016 Tour

LMB Tours Text & Email Alerts

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  • Published on Sunday, 31 July 2016 00:28
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LMB-Tours-logo-for-bannerRiders on LMB tours receive emergencies alerts, site info, route changes, schedule reminders, and the occasional tour related promotion or whimsical update via RainedOut in 2017.

This is a free service (standard text messaging rates may apply). No apps to download and no usernames or passwords to remember. Just enter your phone number and/or email address and stay up to date during the tour.

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Riders will only receive messages from LMB Tour organizers (not other riders...to communicate with other riders, be sure to follow our Shoreline West Bicycle Tour Facebook Page)

Two Ways to sign up:
1) To receive texts:

  • Text WESTLMB to 84483 to receive Shoreline West Bicycle Tour alerts
  • Text MUPLMB to 84483 to receive MUP Bicycle Tour alerts
  • Text SUNRISELMB to 84483 to receive Sunrise Adventure Bicycle Tour alerts

Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel alerts at any time. Of visit the Opt Out page.

 

2) To receive emails
Visit: www.rainedout.com and search "League of Michigan Bicyclists". Enter your email and submit the validation code that is emailed to you.

Note: to sign up for both text AND email updates, follow instructions for both 1 and 2 above.

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