Monthly Archives: February 2013

House Bill Would Limit the Rights of Michigan Bicyclists

House Bill 4086 proposes to change a single word of the highway exception to governmental immunity in a manner that would limit the rights of cyclists and pedestrians.

Under Michigan law, citizens are barred from suing governmental entities for property damage or injuries sustained by a governmental entity’s negligence, unless the governmental entity’s negligent conduct falls within a narrowly drawn michigan_house_of_representativesexception to the general rule that governmental entities are immune from liability. One recognized exception is what is commonly referred to as the “highway exception,” which states:
Continue reading “House Bill Would Limit the Rights of Michigan Bicyclists” »

Not Enough Cyclists Killed to Count?

Tell DOT That Cyclist Fatalities Matter.

Transportation agencies across the country are about to miss an important opportunity to improve non-motorized traffic safety and encourage healthy and active transportation options.

The US Department of Transportation is required by the new transportation law to establish national safety goals and performance measures to guide the states. Right now, they are NOT proposing any separate national goals or performance measures to improve the safety of bicyclists and/or pedestrians. We cannot let this happen – these measures will be used to guide traffic safety policy and funding at the national and state level for years to come. Continue reading “Not Enough Cyclists Killed to Count?” »

Visit LMB at Detroit Bike City and Quiet Water Symposium!

LMB will be in attendance at two extra events in Michigan in March 2013. The Quiet Water Symposium held at Michigan State University’s Pavilion in East Lansing and Detroit Bike City at Cobo Center in Detroit. Please come out and visit us at these events!

Detroit Bike City (March 16) Detroit’s Annual Bicycle Show and Swap Meet includes a custom bike builder row, a marketplace of Detroit businesses, BMX demo, bike auctions, a charity event the night before, as well as a kids selection of bikes, classes, lessons and courses. Detroit Bike City is the premier bicycle event of the year. Started in 2012, Detroit Bike City took hold of the cycling community with a bike show in a scale that Detroit had not yet seen, and it was met with great…
Continue reading “Visit LMB at Detroit Bike City and Quiet Water Symposium!” »

House Bill Would Limit the Rights of Michigan Bicyclists

Help oppose House Bill 4086 by contacting Representative Kevin Cotter, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, to request that House Bill 4086 not be taken up in Committee this session. You can contact Representative Cotter at (517) 373-1789 or KevinCotter@house.mi.gov. House Bill 4086 proposes to change a single word of the highway exception to governmental immunity in a manner that would limit the rights of cyclists and pedestrians. Continue reading “House Bill Would Limit the Rights of Michigan Bicyclists” »

Un-Responsive Light Legislation Reintroduced

LMB is pleased to report that our malfunctioning traffic signal legislation (HB 4265) was recently reintroduced by Representative Mike Shirkey of Clarklake (District 65).  HB 4265 would amend the Michigan Vehicle Code (MCL 257.611) to allow the driver of a bicycle, motorcycle, moped, or 3-wheeled vehicle to proceed through the stop signal of an automated stoplight if the automated stoplight fails to detect the presence of such a vehicle for the purposes of making a signal change. The bill was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on February 14th. Continue reading “Un-Responsive Light Legislation Reintroduced” »

Federal funds to extend Heritage Trail at Sleeping Bear Dunes

The state Transportation Department has received $100,000 in federal fundsimages (1) to extend Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Heritage Trail by nearly five miles.

The funding is part of $12.5 million for 29 projects in 20 states to improve access to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the projects Monday.

The section of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Heritage Trail getting the work connects Glen Arbor north to the Port Oneida Rural Historic District, northwest of Traverse City.
Continue reading “Federal funds to extend Heritage Trail at Sleeping Bear Dunes” »

LMB and Shoreline West Loses a Dear Friend

It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we report the passing of Jim Dougherty. Jim has meant so much to bicycling in Michigan and his passion, work ethic and humor will be dearly missed by bicyclists throughout not just Michigan, but the entire United States.

Jim was an original Board Member of LMB and helped establish the roots and mission that have helped LMB become a positive force for bicyclists. Jim was a volunteer for almost every LMB Bicycle Tour that was ever run. He had been involved in the Shoreline West Tour since it inception 27 years ago. The last four years Jim and his wife Mary have been the ride leaders for West. Jim and Mary received LMB’s Distingished Service Award in 2011 for their long-standing service to the…
Continue reading “LMB and Shoreline West Loses a Dear Friend” »

2013 Michigan Ride Calendar – PDF Version

The 2013 Michigan Ride Calendar is now available. In addition to the table listing on our website, we have uploaded a downloadable PDF version.

The Ride Calendar was mailed to all current members and Michigan bike shops around the state. If you are not a current member, we encourage you to join today! You can also request a Ride Calendar to be mailed to you by filling out our Michigan bicycle tourism packet request form. Continue reading “2013 Michigan Ride Calendar – PDF Version” »

Grants available for Water Trails!

canoes03-300x225The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has just announced a round of funding for planning water trails. Grant criteria can be found here.

m-bike.org: Is Governor Snyder’s Belle Isle to Wisconsin Trail for bikes?

Last November, Governor Rick Snyder lauded Michigan trails during a speech called “Ensuring our Future: Energy and the Environment.”
Belle Isle to Wisconsin Trail

Michigan has more total trail miles than just about any other state. Much of the credit goes to volunteers who have shoveled, raked, trimmed and groomed these trails on their own time and often at their own expense. This shows the real appetite Michiganders have for quality trails, and points to the opportunity we have to be the number one trail state.
Continue reading “m-bike.org: Is Governor Snyder’s Belle Isle to Wisconsin Trail for bikes?” »

Trail Reports

Add your trail reports to the areas in which you have recently visited. It will allow others to know what you have observed.

(CANCELLED!) 2013 NORTHEASTERN STATE TRAIL MARATHON

dork

CANCELLED ! This event has been cancelled due to very low registrations for the event as of today.

Sponsored by the Dork Brothers Racing Team and Thunder Bay Trail Association

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2013

7:00 AM – Start – Alpena, MI 1:00 PM Cutoff

Start & Finish at K of C Hall on Hamilton Road, Alpena

Out & back Course primarily on the North Eastern State Trail (NEST)

Entry Fee: Early Entry Received before 4/12 – $30 After – $50 No Race Day Entry
Continue reading “(CANCELLED!) 2013 NORTHEASTERN STATE TRAIL MARATHON” »