Save the Date: May 22, 2019!
Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity for road cyclists and trail users of all abilities – casual riders and die-hards alike – to speak with one voice to help make Michigan bicycling better. Hosted by the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) in partnership with the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Mountain Biking Association and PEAC this collaborative effort brings supporters of all four organizations together to educate legislators on key policy issues that facilitate a more bicycle-friendly Michigan.
Upon registration, LMB will schedule legislative meetings with your State Representative and State Senator on your behalf. We’ll prepare you with an Advocacy Primer, which will outline key issues and talking points to aid you in effectively communicating with lawmakers prior to the event. After your meetings, enjoy lunch on the Capitol Lawn.
2019 Schedule + Details:
Please note that there is no scheduled bike ride this year.
8:00 am – Check-in, packet pickup.
8:15 am – Group photo on Capitol steps
8:30 am – Welcome, speakers, issues overview & questions
9:30 am – Meetings begin with Representatives and Senators
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch on Capitol grounds and presentation of May is Bike Month Resolution, speakers
1:00 pm – LMB Micro-Grant awards
1) Reduce distracted driving and make cyclists safer by winning passage of a hands-free law, which would put significant penalties in place for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving.
2) Protect funding for non-motorized transportation by pushing back against House Bill 4410 – legislation aimed at eliminating the long-standing requirement for Michigan road agencies to spend one percent of their annual transportation funds on non-motorized safety projects.
Registration for Advocacy Day is $15 and includes lunch.
If you have never communicated with policy makers before, don’t worry. No prior experience is needed to participate in Advocacy Day. We’ll make sure that you are comfortable with the issue priorities and that you get up to speed quickly. The Advocacy Day Primer will answer most of your general questions. We will also provide you additional guidance and walk you through the “asks” on the day of the event. Reviewing the Primer and the Issue Papers should prepare you for Advocacy Day.
Advocacy Day is held on the northeast lawn of the State Capitol (100 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933). Please note that we are not organizing a group ride to the Capitol in 2019. Please come directly to the Capitol. There will be portable bike parking for those still planning to arrive by bike. While the bikes will be watched throughout the day, we strongly encourage you to bring a lock. There are numerous parking structures near the Capitol for those arriving by vehicle.
Contact John Lindenmayer at john@LMB.org