Monthly Archives: July 2012

LMB Loses a Founding Father – Tom Ferstle Passes at Age 62

It is with a heavy heart that we report that the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) recently lost one of our founding fathers.  Tom Ferstle, Age 62 of Rockwood, Michigan died July 22, 2012.

An avid bicyclist, Tom played a big role in Michigan’s cycling scene including the early history of LMB where he served the organization in numerous capacities over the years.  Tom was involved in the founding of the League in 1981 and went on to serve as one of LMB’s founding board members.  In this capacity, he also served as treasurer for many of the early years before helping to organize the first Shoreline Bicycle Tour – East Route in 1988.  He served as Tour Director for this tour from 1989-1996.  In 1992, Tom’s…
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2012 Michigan UP Tour

July 21, 2012

Homeward bound!

Riders rose early to race back to St. Ignace and head home after a great week on the bike. After a refreshing breakfast and loading luggage on the truck, about a third of the riders were held up by a thunderstorm and holed up in the cafeteria until it passed.

Although the weather was mostly clear, it was cloudy and windy for most of the day. As the riders came into St. Ignace the head wind off of the lake became a hindrance but everyone made it in to Little Bear East Arena in one piece.  Continue reading “2012 Michigan UP Tour” »

Adopt a Stronger Complete Streets Policy – Sign the Petition

LMB has launched a petition urging the Michigan State Transportation Commission to adopt a stronger policy on Complete Streets. Please see the information below, then sign the petition at change.org here.

via michigancompletestreets.org:

“Michigan’s draft Complete Streets policy is out, and the Michigan State Transportation Commission (MSTC) is looking for your feedback. Through July 13th, we urge you to join other citizens around the state by signing the change.org petition asking MSTC to adopt a stronger policy. MSTC, a six-member board that establishes the policy and plans for Michigan’s Department of Transportation (MDOT), recently released the draft policy for implementing Complete Streets on state roads. The Complete Streets policy…
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Effects of the New Transportation Bill on Bicycling

On Friday, June 29, 2012, the U.S. Congress passed a new 27-month federal transportation bill, extending current law until the end of September 30, 2012 and new law from October 1, 2012 until September 30, 2014. The bad news is that, compared to current law, the bill takes a real step backwards. That is truly disappointing, coming at a time when we sorely need forward-looking 21st century transportation policy that provides balanced transportation choices and improves public health and safety, economic development, the quality of our environment and the livability of our communities. Instead, the bill makes federal transportation policy more highway-centric, focusing on new road capacity and increasing the federal share of such projects…
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Distracted Driving – It’s More than Just Texting Behind the Wheel of a Vehicle

When the average person hears the phrase “distracted driving,” they’re most likely to think of a typical driver, piloting their vehicle they talk, text, change the radio station, sip a coffee, or even do their makeup. It’s certainly true that this is the most likely scenario, but it should be noted that those on bicycles are just as likely to commit serious distracted offenses which place them right into harm’s way while out on the road. Those offenses, combined with the need to always be on high alert for distracted drivers who might swerve into a bike lane or cause another kind of accident, absolutely require cyclists to pay close attention to every move they make while they’re en route to their destination. Continue reading “Distracted Driving – It’s More than Just Texting Behind the Wheel of a Vehicle” »