HUB Fest's final GPS routes are now available! They can be found below.
HUB Fest's final GPS routes are now available! They can be found below.
LMB, 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 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:
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!
This 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.
Zingerman'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!
There 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!
LMB 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.
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LMB 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:
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!
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.
LMB 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.
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*:
Yeas—34, Nays—2 (Hildenbrand, Knollenberg)
Yeas—34, Nays—2 (Hildenbrand, Knollenberg)
*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!
LMB 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!
LMB was very pleased with the Senate Judiciary Committee's recent vote in favor of bicycle-friendly legislation (SB 1029, 1030, 1076, 1077, and 1078).
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!
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!
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We 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.
LMB 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!
The 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.
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.
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 is 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!
It 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
Riders 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.
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 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.
RainedOut Privacy Statement
***UPDATE*** LMB got some good news this morning regarding Scott! According to his wife, after having surgery to repair his cheekbone on Sunday, Scott is back at home with his family. He still has a long and tough recovery ahead of him, but he is at least home with his girls as he heals. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts!
LMB is sad to report that Scott Elliott, LMB's Tour Director, was hit by a drunk driver while bicycling near Coldwater, MI on Saturday afternoon. Scott was air lifted to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. He has broken bones in his face, clavicle, scapula, eight ribs, two vertebrae, femur and pelvis. Reports indicate that the driver hit him from behind going about 55 mph before fleeing the scene. The driver was apprehended in Indiana a short time later and was arrested for DUI.
Needless to say, we are all extremely grateful that Scott is alive, however, he has a long road to recovery in front of him. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. We will post updates as we learn more from his wife.
We have already received a number inquiries about sending flowers, donations, and cards. In lieu of flowers, his wife has kindly encouraged donations go to LMB. Because of their generosity LMB has committed to using any donated funds to help offset the cost of our ongoing advocacy and education efforts. Please indicate "In tribute to Scott Elliott" on any donations in his name: www.LMB.org/donate
Cards and other correspondence are welcome as well and can be mailed to the LMB office to be forwarded to the family:
League of Michigan Bicyclists
c/o Scott Elliott
416 S Cedar St. Suite A,
Lansing, MI 48912
For those riding with LMB on Shoreline West in a couple weeks, despite the horrific news, the tour will go on as planned. We have a superstar team of volunteers who are already busy coordinating behind the scenes to ensure the tour goes off without a hitch and LMB Executive Director John Lindenmayer will act as Tour Director in Scott's place.
Thank you for your support and patience as Scott and his family focus on healing.
On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, an inexplicable tragedy struck the Kalamazoo region. An out-of-control driver mowed down nine experienced bicyclists, killing five and seriously injuring four others. In addition to this horrific tragedy, Michigan has sadly seen a startling increase in bicycle fatalities and injuries over the past two years.
The cycling community is grieving for the families and friends of the victims of each of these senseless tragedies. At the same time, we are calling for immediate action. 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.
In the wake of the horrific events in Kalamazoo, and on behalf of all the bicyclists and pedestrians who have lost their lives needlessly, Michigan CAN and MUST do better at protecting our most vulnerable roadway users.
We have a very narrow window of opportunity to advance these bills this fall when the legislature returns from summer recess, so it's essential that we all take action and rally additional support. In tragedy emerges opportunity. This is our opportunity to create significant progress for bicycling in Michigan. Please support SB 1029 (O'Brien), SB 1030 (Knezek), HB 5002 (Darany), 5003 (Callton), 5004 (Callton), as well as ongoing legislative efforts to improve driver's education in Michigan by contacting your lawmakers today. These bills safeguard vulnerable roadway users including bicyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair users and create clear standards for safe passing distances.
These bills are an important first step.
LMB is pleased to partner with the League of American Bicyclists on this important action alert.
Add your name to the action alert at by clicking HERE.Read more: TAKE ACTION: Make Michigan Safer for Bicyclists!
A very heartfelt thanks to all those who had a hand in making the 2016 Sunrise Bicycle Tour an outstanding success.
140 riders, including many returning guests and a number of folks riding their first tour, gathered in Alpena for what turned out to be three positively gorgeous days of cycling. We were treated to spectacular views of Lake Huron, scenic farmland, and crystal clear inland lakes. Some hearty souls tackled the climb up Mt. Mariah on Friday and were rewarded with watermelon and a panoramic vista of Hubbard Lake. Saturday featured the Wooden Boat Show and two historic light houses at Presque Isle, one of which is the tallest on any of the Great Lakes. The tour wrapped up Sunday with a picturesque ramble alongside Long Lake. Throughout the weekend, riders had opportunities to savor the many wonderful things Alpena has to offer: the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, glass bottom boat tours, the Besser Museum for Northwest Michigan, Thunder Bay Theatre, ice cream shops, bakeries, brew pubs and wineries. There was barely enough time to sample it all.
The Sunrise tour offers riders a unique experience. Participants enjoy the convenience of staying in one location all three nights, and each day offers a choice of three routes of varying distances, so riders can opt for the one that best suites how they're feeling that day. These aspects make the Sunrise tour an especially good choice for families, folks new to touring, and cyclists with partners who do not ride.
We are especially grateful for the team of stellar volunteers who invest an incomparable amount of time, energy, and enthusiasm into ensuring our riders have a safe pleasant adventure. This crew cares deeply about their community, and clearly see the benefits that cycling and bicycle tourism bring to their city. The LMB is tremendously pleased to support their efforts. As always, the LMB will grant a portion of this year's tour proceeds to Alpena. They, in turn, will use those funds to install a bicycle repair station at the new trailhead at the southern terminus of the Northeast State Trail.
It was particularly fun to have with us on this year's tour Justus Rohlfs and Ryan Frederick from Mitten State Productions. Justus and Ryan shot and produced our award-winning Shoreline West video last year, and are making videos for our Sunrise and MUP tours this year. Their cameras provided unquestionable validation of what so many of us already secretly imagine: bicyclists are movie stars!
With the continuing success of the Sunrise Tour, plans are underway to expand the number of riders next year. We'll also be exploring some new routes. We hope you will consider joining us!
At our Annual Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day, LMB recognizes individuals and organizations who do significant work in promoting bicycling and bicycle safety in Michigan. We present these leaders with a LMB Annual Award. The awards feature the artwork of Lansing-based artist Christopher Russel and were presented during a lunchtime ceremony on May 25th.
Rick Oberle: Jim Dougherty Distinguished Service Award
Rick first become involved with LMB shortly after meeting Lucinda Means and becoming indoctrinated with her with her "Leadership by Example" ethos. Upon Lucinda's untimely passing, Rick "put his finger in the dyke" and stepped in as the Interim Executive Director of LMB. He was instrumental in keeping operations moving during that difficult time, while still introducing new ideas and approaches to the organization. Since then, Rick has continued to contribute to LMB's office by maintaining administration of our electronic databases. Rick's contributions to bicycling events are abundant. Helping to grow the Lansing Ride of Silence and helping to found the Michigan Chapter of the Rails to Trails Conservancy (now the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance) are just two of many more examples of his contributions. We are pleased to recognize him with the Jim Dougherty Distinguished Service Award.
Michael Reuter: Bicycle Advocate Award
Michael Reuter is the CEO of American Cycle and Fitness (ACF), Michigan's largest independent bicycle retailer. Michael is a dedicated regular participant in Bicycle Advocacy Day as well as the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Summit in Washington DC. He advocates for the cycling community at both events, seeking to encourage legislators to support more bicycle friendly policies. ACF has helped to promote cycling throughout the state with its support for local events and through the service and knowledge they share with every customer. Additionally, ACF donates trade-in bicycles that do not sell from their outlet store to The Hub of Detroit. Michael's dedication to bicycle advocacy stems from his concerns about the safety of children cycling in his community, including his own, and he approaches every day with the hope of making his community more bicycle-friendly for them. LMB appreciates his commitment and his Bicycle Advocate Award is duly deserved.
Back Alley Bikes: Community Support for Bicycling Award
Back Alley Bikes is a non-profit community bike shop that has been serving the Detroit area for 15 years and is largely funded by The Hub of Detroit. With a focus on youth development, sustainable practices, and community access, the mission of Back Alley Bikes is to provide cycling education and services. Their signature program is Earn-a-Bike, in which youth ages 10-18 choose a bike and learn to rebuild it from tire inflation to bottom brackets. After completing an on-road safety ride training, the children are allowed to take the bike home. This program is free for participants, and includes a lock and a helmet upon completion. Back Alley Bikes works to invigorate its community with a thriving bike culture. The Community Support for Bicycling Award recognizes their important work.
Yvonne Rucker: Bicycle Educator Award
Yvonne is the Executive Director and Founder of BikeVON, a non-profit organization created to promote bike awareness, affordability, and accessibility for the youth of color in the Metro Detroit area. BikeVON teaches the laws and rules of smart cycling while showing communities how to support bicyclists. The organization also represents the League of American Bicycling's Equity Initiative, which "seeks to engage leaders from traditionally underrepresented demographics and bridge the current gap between diverse communities and bicycle advocates." Through her work with BikeVON, Yvonne empowers youth of color in Detroit in the movement to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly Detroit.Yvonne even engaged a group of young students in our Bicycle Advocacy Day, giving them the opportunity to learn and interact with their lawmakers. Yvonne epitomizes the spirit of the Bicycle Educator Award and deserves recognition for the impact she makes in the lives of Detroit's children.
Rick Plite: Ralph Finneren Encouragement Award
Rick works to promote the world of bicycling races. His business, KissCross Events, puts on the Barry Roubaix, Lumberjack, and a number of cyclocross races. These great events make bike races a lot of fun for the participants and for spectators. The races increase bicycle tourism and have turned otherwise quiet communities into a community that embraces bicyclists. Rick has worked with the City of Hastings, the Hastings Downtown Development Authority, and the Barry County Road Commission to have permanent route marking signs installed for the Barry-Roubaix courses in an effort to expand the interest in bicycling in the area beyond the spring and summer seasons. Rick goes above and beyond as a race promoter: he gets people riding and encourages many who might not consider racing to give it a try. Thanks to his encouragement and promotion, many new people have come around to the bicycling community. We salute this with the Ralph Finneren Encouragement Award.
Luanne St. Peter, Ed St. Peter, Suzy McCain: Volunteers of the Year
LMB is extremely grateful for all the wonderful volunteers who give their time to our bicycle events and tours. Last year, When major storms rendered the planned route for Shoreline West impassable and dangerous, Ed, Luanne, and Suzy worked hard to re-route the riders to ensure their safety, even clearing the road of debris when routes became blocked. Many cyclists sign up for Shoreline West because of the beautiful scenery we plan along the route/ Luanne, Ed, and Suzy made sure the new route was as beautiful as the cyclists had hoped to ensure a memorable experience. We are pleased to name all three of them our Volunteers on the Year.
Ed and Luanne St. Peter first became involved with LMB in 2008 as volunteer route markers. Luanne takes on the task with diligence, undertaking a responsibility to keep the riders safe as many of them rely solely on the road markers rather than maps to find their way. Ed began volunteering with LMB as a way of being able to spend quality time with Luanne. As a team, they mark the roads for LMB's Shoreline West and Pedal and Paddle Tours. Luanne has also expanded her volunteer responsibilities to include helping to welcome and register riders.
Suzy McCain began biking in 1995 and was hooked. She developed a passion for long distance cycling and has ridden in over 70 centuries. After a serious bicycling crash in 1998, Suzy was forced to cut back riding and began volunteering with LMB to stay involved in the world of cycling. She drove the "SAG" for several years on LMB's Bowtie until it ended, moved on to do the same for one year on MUP, then started driving SAG on the Shoreline West. In 2004, after the birth of her granddaughter Chloe, Suzy switched to role of Site Director so that Chloe could begin joining her on the rides. Since then, Suzy has acted as Site Director for the Shoreline West, with Chloe at her side.
The League of Michigan Bicyclists and its members are still grieving the tragic crash that took place in Kalamazoo County on Tuesday evening.
Since then we have learned the names of the bicyclists involved. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Debra Ann Bradley, Melissa Ann Fevig-Hughes, Fred Anton "Tony" Nelson, Lorenz John "Larry" Paulik, and Suzanne Joan Sippel for the loss of their loved ones in this senseless tragedy. We also are keeping Paul Douglas Gobble, Sheila Diane Jeske, Jennifer Lynn Johnson, and Paul Lewis Runnels in our thoughts as they recover from their serious injuries resulting from this incident.
LMB has also learned that the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor charged the driver responsible for the crash with five counts of second-degree murder for the bicyclists that died in the crash, and four counts of reckless driving causing serious impairment for the bicyclists injured in the crash. The Prosecutor has stated that the filing of formal charges is the only first step in the judicial process. We understand the investigation into this crash is not yet over. We are eager to learn all the facts of this incident and await the final report.
LMB will continue to update our members and the bicycling community in the coming days and weeks as we learn more about this tragedy.
Funds to aid the families through this difficult time are being collected by the Kalamazoo Strong Organization.
For information/news regarding the incident, we recommend the following: