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Shoreline West - Day 2 - Ludington to Frankfort

  • Category: LMB Bicycle Tours
  • Published on Tuesday, 04 August 2009 07:45
  • Written by John Lindenmayer
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The riders started the day at 5:30 am with a visit from the sheriff warning them of an approaching severe thunderstorm. All safely evacuated to the school's gymnasium. Although some tents didn't fair too well. It rained most of the morning. Some rider's braved it while others waited as late as possible to tackle the 64 miles to Frankfort.

[caption id="attachment_199" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Aftermath of the storm."]Aftermath of the storm.[/caption]

The rider's were blessed with a strong tailwind from the SW. This helped as they tackled the three major climbs between Onekema and Frankfort. At the top of Arcadia Hill (aka Watermelon Hill) rider's were treated for their efforts with the traditional watermelon.

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After dinner the sun finally came out. To celebrate the sun we held our nightly rider's meeting outside. The highlight was the Traub family from Minnesota playing charades with the group and acting out the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Tomorow we head for Traverse City. Everyone is wishing for a dry day.

Shoreline West - Day 1: Montague to Ludington

  • Category: Advocacy
  • Published on Monday, 03 August 2009 01:43
  • Written by John Lindenmayer
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After overnight showers riders were greeted with a beautiful sunny morning. The wonderful weather continued all day long as riders enjoyed sunshine and temps in the 70s. HIghlights included Cherry Point Market, Silver Lake and the sand dunes, shopping and eating in Pentwater and spectacular views from the Ludington Pumping Station overlook.

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After 60 miles riders were still eager to explore Ludington, especially the micro brewery.

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Tomorrow's ride is 64 miles from Ludington to Frankfort. Highlights will include Manistee, Onekama, Arcadia, "Watermelon" Hill, Elberta and Frankfort.

Shoreline West Preparation

  • Category: LMB Bicycle Tours
  • Published on Saturday, 01 August 2009 01:17
  • Written by John Lindenmayer
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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="Jim Dougherty working in the trucks."]Jim Dougherty working in the trucks.[/caption]

LMB staff and volunteers spent today packing in preparation for our 23rd Annual Shoreline West Bicycle Tour. This year we will host 416 bicyclists from 23 states and Canada. Tomorrow, Saturday, riders begin arriving in Montague. On Sunday we will travel 59.5 miles to Ludington. You can follow our progress each day by viewing this site.


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="Jack Feehan working in truck."]Jack Feehan working in truck.[/caption]

LMB's MUP Tour in the news

  • Category: LMB Bicycle Tours
  • Published on Thursday, 30 July 2009 22:08
  • Written by jlindenmayer
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The MUP Tour (
Michigan's Upper Peninsula) made Sault Ste. Marie's newspaper, the Evening News a couple of times:
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2009 MUP Report

Fred Dore, MUP Tour Director

The 2009 MUP Bicycle Tour was completed successfully with 131 registered riders and 10 volunteers, July 18-25.  While encircling the eastern UP for 300 miles and 5 days of cycling there were no injuries of consequence and the weather was cooperative.  Although there was rain and thunder overnight, only one afternoon did riders encounter light showers.  The daily temperatures ranged from a low of mid 50s to highs of low 70s.

About 30 prizes was awarded to the riders via namedrawings and discretionary awards of merit at the nightly meetings.  Lyrics to the Beatles song "Yesterday" were revised to fit bicycling, the MUP and the Upper Peninsula, and were performed by a courageous group of MUP riders.

A contest was conducted during the week to name the Moose as represented on the MUP T-Shirt astride a bicycle.  The person submitting the winning entry name of "Myles" was awarded a nice floor pump and a toy stuffed moose.

MichiganCompleteStreets.org

  • Category: LMB News
  • Published on Thursday, 30 July 2009 03:25
  • Written by jlindenmayer
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A new website, coalition and petition

We are excited to announce the Michigan Complete Streets Coalition, a new partnership between the Michigan Environmental Council and the League of Michigan Bicyclists.

Please visit our new website at www.michigancompletestreets.org.

This new website is will be home base for all things Complete Streets across the state.  While you are there, please take a moment to sign the Michigan Complete Streets petition to show your support for roadways that are built to move people - not just cars.

The new site is in its infancy, but we are adding resources and news on a regular basis.

In addition to signing the petition, make sure to check out the "Take Action" section of the site to learn more about our Complete Streets Photo Sharing Project, writing a letter to the editor, and info on contacting your legislator on this important issue.  On the new website you can also sign up for daily digest emails of the latest Michigan Complete Streets news and even follow Michigan Complete Streets (WalkBikeRollMI) on Twitter.

After you sign the petition, please bookmark the site and don't forget to tell your friends about it!

Complete Streets are roadways built for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, people with disabilities and transit users of all ages and abilities.  Elements of Complete Streets include bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, wide shoulders, transit shelters, ADA compliant curb cuts, crosswalk timers and push buttons, landscaping and other traffic calming measures, etc.

An incomplete street is just what it sounds like; a street that does not accommodate multimodal travel.  Incomplete streets are designed specifically for automobile traffic and lack the features mentioned above.

Intextication - Texting While Driving

  • Category: Advocacy
  • Published on Tuesday, 28 July 2009 20:22
  • Written by jlindenmayer
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New study by Virginia Tech shows texting while driving increases risk of crash by 23%

http://tinyurl.com/ndaymx

Great story today on the Today Show about the dangers of texting while driving.  It includes in-dash video of accidents caused by texting drivers.  The clip also interviews a bicyclist that was hit and seriously injured by a texting driver.

LMB supports the following legislation that place limitations on cell phone use/text messaging while driving:
HB 4362
(ROCCA, R-District 30, Sterling Heights) – Introduced 2/19/09, referred to Trans. Com.
HB 4369
(POLODORI, D-District 15, Dearborn) – Introduced 2/19/09, referred to Trans. Com.
HB 4394
(GONZALES, D-District 49, Flint) – Introduced 2/24/09, referred to Trans. Com.

LMB endorses the efforts of the National Safety Council to urge governors and legislators in all 50 states to ban cell phone use while driving. LMB recently submitted testimony in support of HB 4362, 4369 and 4394 which all deal with putting limitations on text messaging and cell phone use while driving.
Read more: Intextication - Texting While Driving

New Michigan Bicycling Map Resource Page

  • Category: General News
  • Published on Tuesday, 28 July 2009 01:17
  • Written by jlindenmayer
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route map

LMB recently posted a new Michigan bicycle routes and maps web page. 

http://www.lmb.org/routes.html

It has a wealth of local, regional and cross state routes, including Shoreline Bicycle Tour maps and other LMB routes, MDOT bicycle suitability maps and links to local club maps. It also includes LMB's new East/West Cross State Route which is a free PDF download.  Please try it out and send us your feedback.

Additionally, you'll find links to LMB's new MapMyRide group.  By joining the group you can post your own favorite local routes for other cyclists across the state to use.

Please bookmark the page and share it with your cycling friends.  We appreciate your feedback on the new page (feel free to leave comments on this page).

LMB Testifies Before House Transportation Committee on Bicycle Safety Legislation

  • Category: Advocacy
  • Published on Saturday, 25 July 2009 01:00
  • Written by jlindenmayer
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June 11, 2009 - The Michigan House Transportation Committee took up a slate of bicycle safety bills - dubbed the "bike safety package" by bill sponsor Rep. Gabe Leland (HB 4958, 4959, and 4960).

These are the bills that LMB has been working on which would increase the penalties for any traffic violator who commits a moving violation that injures or kills a bicyclist (HB 4858 and 4959) and would add a bicycle education component to the drivers education curriculum (HB 4960).

Many of you helped advocate for these bills during our Advocacy Day at the end of May. Thank you! There is no doubt that your legislative visits helped to motivate last weeks hearing. Read more: LMB Testifies Before House Transportation Committee on Bicycle Safety Legislation

House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Passes Complete Streets in Funding Bill

  • Category: Advocacy
  • Published on Friday, 24 July 2009 00:46
  • Written by jlindenmayer
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LANSING, MI – June 18, 2009 – Representative Jon Switalski was seen yesterday holding the League of Michigan Bicyclists' (LMB) Complete Streets issue paper as he expressed interest in introducing Complete Streets language to the transportation funding bill.

Today, he did just that. This morning the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee passed Section 399 of Senate Bill No. 254 H-1 The substitute language states, "The department [MDOT] and local road agencies that receive appropriations under this act shall adopt complete street policies." (See complete language below)

Today's passage marks the first efforts by the Michigan Legislator to adopt a statewide Complete Streets policy to build and maintain roadways that accommodate all roadway users "particularly public transit users, bicyclists, pedestrians (including individuals of all ages and individuals with mobility, sensory, neurological, or hidden disabilities), and motorists, to enable all travelers to use the roadway safely and efficiently."

Complete Streets is a top legislative priority for LMB, which is strongly encouraging bicyclists to write thank you notes to supportive Subcommittee members. (Emails of supporters are listed below.)

Read more: House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Passes Complete Streets in Funding Bill







    

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