Registration for Advocacy Day 2019 coming soon.

 

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.

 

2018 Schedule + Details:

8:00 am – Check-in, packet pick up (please note, there is no scheduled bike ride this year)
8:15 am – Group photo on Capitol steps
8:30 am – Welcome, speakers, issue overview & questions
9:30 am – 1:30 pm – Meetings 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

Legislative Priorities include (subject to change):

  • Gain support from lawmakers for HB 4265 (Hughes), SB 123 (Knezek), SB 124 (O’Brien), SB 170 (O’Brien), HB 4185 (Bizon), and HB 4198 (Alexander). This bipartisan, bicameral roadway safety package is aimed at protecting Michigan bicyclists. The bills establish a safe passing standard and improve driver’s education by devoting more time to bicycle safety and awareness.
  • Gain support for HB 5100, a bill that would clarify the definition of an obstructed license plate to ensure a bicycle rack or hitch mounted device is not grounds for a traffic stop.
  • Seek prompt action on SJR O, SB 763, SB 931 and SB 932 to ensure monies from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund continue to be used to conserve and develop public lands.
  • Thank legislators for supporting our e-bike legislation signed into law in October.

Scheduled Speakers

  • Representative Clemente with Bike Month Resolution presentation at 9:15
  • Senator Rebekah Warren at 9:30
  • Senator Rick Jones at 12:30
  • Representative Hughes at 12:45

Price:

Registration for Advocacy Day is $15 and includes lunch.

Preparation:

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.

Location:

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 2018. 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.

Questions:

Contact John Lindenmayer at john@LMB.org. or by phone at (517) 334-9100.