Freedom on Wheels

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Travelogue of a First-Time Shoreline West Rider, by DeEtte Starr from the Summer 2019 issue of Michigan Bicyclist My bike odometer read 452 miles at the start of the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) Shoreline West Bicycle Tour. This was visible testimony to my training for the nearly 400-mile, six-day ride. With a complex route...

E-bike Law: What You Need To Know

August 11, 2017

On October 29, 2017, Governor Snyder signed LMB’s e-bike legislation into law!    This legislation, HB 4781, 4782, and 4783, amends the Michigan Vehicle Code (MVC) to clarify the definition of e-bikes and outlines where e-bikes can be ridden legally on Michigan roadways and trails. E-bike use has grown rapidly in Michigan creating an urgent need...

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MUP 2017 Recap

July 25, 2017

Over 170 riders joined together to cycle across Michigan’s Eastern, Upper Peninsula on July 9-15 during our Michigan Upper Peninsula Tour, known as the MUP Tour. Riders who participated were aged seven years old to 82 years young and came from 27 other states. The tour began in St.Ignace, MI, with a free-day that gave...

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Bikes and Beers

July 20, 2017

LMB and Kalamazoo Valley Ambucs have been chosen as the charity recipients of Michigan’s first Bikes and Beers event, sponsored by National Bikes and Beers and Bell’s Brewery. We invite you to try out Bikes and Beer’s 15 or 30-mile route and attend the Bell’s Brewery after party hosted at Bell’s. A percentage of the profits from the event’s registrations...

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Legislative Update: E-bikes

June 27, 2017

After a great response to our e-bike demonstration at Lucinda Means Advocacy Day, we have recently learned that the following legislation has been introduced: HB 4781 Introduced by Representative Holly Hughes on 6/20/2017; referred to Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation. Allows for use of electric bicycles on certain trails. Amends 1994 PA 451 by amending section 72105...

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Sunrise Adventure 2017 Recap

June 21, 2017

Our Sunrise Adventure Tour wrapped up last weekend in the inviting city of Alpena, and was a success. Over the June 15-18 weekend, a total of 135 riders joined us, including six locals from Alpena and the furthest rider coming from from Marietta, Georgia. Cyclists chose from several routes of different lengths that lead them...

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HubFest 2017 Recap

June 5, 2017

This past weekend, June 10, LMB held our first ever Hadrian’s Ultimate Bicycle Fest (HUB Fest). Thank you to our title sponsor Brazeway and our volunteers for helping us to host 250 cyclists, in the charming city of Adrian. The average age of riders was 39 years old with our oldest being 76 and our youngest at...

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Take Action – Help Bicycle Legislation

May 5, 2017

Misinformation and misconceptions about the laws pertaining to bicyclists is still far too prevalent in Michigan. Just this week, LMB penned a Letter to the Editor in response to a MLive article that, though it had good intentions, spread potentially dangerous inaccurate information. Clear legislation, as well as enhancements to Michigan’s driver’s education curriculum, is needed in order to...

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Take Action: Make Michigan Safer For Bicyclists

July 12, 2016

  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...

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Malevolent Motorists – What Bicyclists Can Do About Them

November 15, 2015

We’ve all been there. Minding our own business, riding our bikes down the road, and obeying all the traffic laws, when some crazy motorist whizzes by and yells, “Get on the sidewalk!” Even worse, the motorist tosses a beer bottle at your head. It’s maddening and wrong. Bicyclists are legally entitled to ride on the...

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Who Let The Dawg Out?

November 15, 2015

Most of us have experienced the panic of being chased by an unleashed dog. Some of us even have ended up with a few teeth marks or crashing as a result of avoiding Fido’s pearly-whites. Have faith- the law is squarely on the bicyclist’s side if an injury or equipment damage occurs. For a dog...

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