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Safe Passing & Drivers Ed Bills On Way to Governor

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

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

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

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

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

Now that the bills have passed, they will be presented to the Governor within one week. The Governor will then have 14 days to sign them into Public Acts. The safe passing law will take immediate effect upon signing. The driver's education law will not take immediate effect. The Secretary of State will have 90 days to develop an upgraded compliant curriculum. LMB will assist the Secretary of State in this process. 

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

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

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

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

HUB Fest 2018

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

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

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June $1 Per Rider Events 2018

  • Category: LMB News
  • Published on Monday, 04 June 2018 10:04
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DPRnewThere are many ways to enjoy the summer cycling weather and give back while you ride; we invite you to check out this month’s $1 per Rider Events! The organizers of these rides have pledged to donate $1 to LMB for every person who registers for their event. Those dollars add up quickly and help tremendously in LMB’s education and advocacy work. We hope you will help support us, simply by registering for one of the stellar events below this month!

Go To Hell Backwards
Canton
06/02/18
We explore the farmland, woods and small towns of south-central Michigan. Starting in Canton we head south along the I275 bike trail thru the Matro Parks to Lake Erie, Monroe, Adrian, Jackson, and Marshall before heading back thru Eaton Rapids, Stockbridge and Ann Arbor (and not going thru Hell). An APC certified Brevet.
http://detroitrandonneurs.org/

Grand Rapids Triathlon
Ada
06/10/18
The Grand Rapids Triathlon is known for it’s flat, fast course. It’s ideal for the new and experienced triathlete alike.The 2018 GR Tri will be the host of the USAT Clydesdale & Athena National Championship. With a beautiful swim in the lake-like Thornapple River with virtually no current, to a flat country-road bike course then on to the scenic, shaded run course with loads of local support. This race offers several free clinics leading up to the event, a pre-race swim and pre-ride at the race site the week before along with an amazing expo. It’s the largest independent triathlon in Michigan and offers a Sprint, Olympic and Half Iron, all with separate transition areas to give you a small race feel.
http://www.grandrapidstri.com

Pumpkinvine Bike Ride
Goshen
06/16/18
Ride on country roads past Amish farms and workshops. Enjoy the 16-mile Pumpkinvine Nature Trail lined with flowers and trees as it passes through Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana. Cruise with horses and buggies past traditional farms with sheep, cattle and newborn foals in summer pastures. Generous SAGs serve drinks, fruit, energy foods and cold cut sandwiches. End your ride with the usual pie and ice cream. Children are welcome. Ride proceeds will support construction of the trail. Camping and showers will be available at the fairgrounds.
http://ride.pumpkinvine.org

Thumbs Up 200, 400, 600
Port Huron
06/16/18 - 06/17/18
Enjoy the farmland of the Thumb and the Lake Huron shoreline, with controls in North Branch, Frankenmuth, Sebewaing, Port Austin and Lexington. Plus a 200k jaunt down to St Clair, Richmond, Rochester and a turnaround in Lake Orion more than half on trails. An ACP Certified Brevet.
http://detroitrandonneurs.org/

Ferris State University Bulldog Bike Tour
Big Rapids
06/16/18
A day of bicycling through rural Mecosta County on well-marked (all paved) routes. The scenic route will include rural agricultural areas, woods, and lakes. Ride proceeds to support student scholarships. Helmets required. Lunch following ride, SAG support, food stops with high-energy snacks and drinks, and T-shirt are included. All routes have a common outer loop so modifying distance as the ride goes is possible. Proceeds go to student scholarships!
http://www.bulldogbiketour.com

Ride United
Muskegon
06/16/18 - 06/16/18
Ride with us on June 16, 2018 as we join partner with Taste of Muskegon! The food and festivities of Taste of Muskegon will greet riders on their return to Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon. Participants will receive 10 tickets to use at their favorite Taste of Muskegon vendors! Choose from a 6, 25, 50, or 100 mile route, get registered, and start raising pledges! Pledge proceeds will provide bikes for children and work transportation for those in need.
https://www.unitedwaylakeshore.org/ride-united

Grand Traverse Tour
Traverse City
06/17/18 - 06/22/18
Take the beautiful Traverse City, toss in a ride out Old Mission Peninsula, and add 3 days in Leelanau County. You'll see quiet roads, great paved trails, orchards, wineries, and lighthouses.
http://www.biketourvacations.com

Pedal Across Lower Michigan (PALM)
Holland
06/23/18 - 06/29/18
PALM is Michigan's premier family oriented bike tour since 1982. PALM covers 250 miles with longer optional miles each day. Optional meals and bus purchases. Paved roads. Suitable for the novice or veteran tour riders.
http://palmbiketour.org

Northville Rotary Tour de Ville
Northville
06/23/18
The Tour de Ville is a supported ride that routes riders along beautiful Hines Drive and the countryside west of Northville. The event includes a light breakfast, and lunch. Join us after the ride for music by the Shawn Riley Band in the beer tent! Please see the web site for all the details including discounts for kids & Students. Truly fun for the whole family.
http://www.tourdeville.org

Mick Webster Memorial Bike Tour (Mick’s Ride)
Jackson
06/23/18
Mick passed away May 17th 2006 after a 6 year battle with malignant melanoma. All proceeds from the ride will go to the Relay for Life helping to someday find a cure for this disease and others.
Mick's Ride begins with a Mass start at 8:30am and runs through southern Jackson County and along the Falling Waters Trail. Sag stops with refreshments and Sag vehicles are provided. After the ride Pulled Pork sandwiches and a whole lot more will be served for lunch.
http://www.pandtfitness.com

Kalamazoo Scenic Bicycle Tour
Schoolcraft
06/24/18
KalTour 2018 has a new start location and new routes! We still have low-traffic country roads passing forests, fields, wetlands, orchards, and vineyards. We still have plenty to eat at rest stops and sandwiches, fruit, and cookies for lunch. We even have a few hills on the longer routes! We also have the advantages of our new location -- more parking, low-traffic roads right from the start, and fewer hills on the shorter routes. Our starting location is just off four lane US 131, and only eight miles south of I-94.
http://www.kalamazoobicycleclub.org/events/kaltour/

BLUE WATER RAMBLE
Algonac
06/24/18
Tour the beautiful Blue Water region with views of the St Clair River and a ferry ride with your bike to Harsen's Island. Great food (vegetarian option) and music at the end. On tour photographs. Rest stops with snacks, SAG, and basic bike repair are included. This is a great ride for all abilities! We give our net club proceeds to local bike related charities, such as LMB, PEAC, Back Alley Bikes, Detroit Greenways, Variety Club, Macomb Orchard Trail, IVBP, etc. Register early as prices increase after May 23.
http://www.bluewaterramble.com

Big Mac 200
Petoskey
06/30/18
Starting in Petoskey then heading north thru Harbor Springs then along the Lake Michigan shoreline thru the Tunnel Of Trees probably the most beautiful rides in Michigan. We continue heading up to the Straights of Mackinaw then along the shore of Lake Huron until we turn around and get to enjoy the road again. An ACP certified Brevet.
http://detroitrandonneurs.org/

Sleeping Bear 400
Petoskey
06/30/18 - 07/01/18
Starting in Petoskey then heading south thru Traverse City to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, then up the Leelanau Peninsula back thru Traverse city then back to Petoskey. An ACP certified Brevet.
http://detroitrandonneurs.org/

Third Coast 600
Petoskey
06/30/18 - 07/01/18
Starting in Petoskey then heading south thru Traverse City to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, then up the Leelanau Peninsula back thru Traverse city then back to Petoskey. We then head up to enjoy the Tunnel of Trees and a view of the Mackinaw bridge. An ACP certified Brevet.
http://detroitrandonneurs.org/

May $1 Per Rider Events 2018

  • Category: LMB News
  • Published on Monday, 07 May 2018 09:56
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DPRnewThere are many ways to enjoy the spring cycling weather and give back while you ride; we invite you to check out this month’s $1 per Rider Events! The organizers of these rides have pledged to donate $1 to LMB for every person who registers for their event. Those dollars add up quickly and help tremendously in LMB’s education and advocacy work. We hope you will help support us, simply by registering for one of the stellar events below this month!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May is Bike Month - Support LMB

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Announcing Launch of 2018 Micro-Grant Program

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

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

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

 

April $1 Per Rider Events 2018

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

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

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

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

House Passes Two of LMB's Bicycle Bills

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

The passing of the driver's education improvement bill is a huge victory for the bicycling community. Introduced by Representative Julie Alexander, this legislation would require at least one hour of driver's education classroom instruction to include laws pertaining to bicycles, motorcycles, and other vulnerable roadway users, including pedestrians. The bill would further require driver's education instruction to incorporate bicycles, motorcycles, and other vulnerable roadway users into other subject areas of the driver's education curriculum.

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

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

HB 4198 Passes Out of Committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March $1 Per Rider Events 2018

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  • Published on Friday, 26 January 2018 11:45
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DPRfinal2018logoThere are many ways to enjoy the fall cycling weather and give back while you ride; we invite you to check out this month’s $1 per Rider Events! The organizers of these rides have pledged to donate $1 to LMB for every person who registers for their event. Those dollars add up quickly and help tremendously in LMB’s education and advocacy work. We hope you will help support us, simply by registering for this stellar event below this month!

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

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

  • Category: LMB News
  • Published on Thursday, 04 January 2018 23:41
  • Written by John Lindenmayer
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Contact House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee Members Today!

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

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

UPDATE (1/16/18)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rolling Forward Michigan Bicycle Conference

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

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

Join us and learn about:

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

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

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

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

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

301 W. Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

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

 

Vendor Registration



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

Vendor registration includes the following benefits:

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

 

Parking for Rolling Forward


 

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

 

Announcing Rolling Forward: Michigan Bicycle Conference 2018

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  • Published on Thursday, 23 November 2017 11:35
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Rolling forward save the date web lrgLMB is pleased to announce Rolling Forward: Michigan Bicycle Conference, coming to Grand Rapids June 1-2, 2018. Rolling Forward is presented in partnership with LMB, the City of Grand Rapids, the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan State University, and the Office of Highway Safety Planning.

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

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

Bicycle Bills Clear Senate Committee

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your continued support!

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!

MUP Tour 2017 Recap

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  • Published on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 13:45
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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. 
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