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
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.
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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).
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.)