Monthly Archives: April 2013

Riding a Bike is Not a Crime!

It was a Friday evening in June when John Lindenmayer left the League of Michigan Bicyclists’ (LMB) office in Lansing, MI and rode his bicycle to the City Market. Around 6:30 p.m., he left to head home, utilizing the same route he had ridden dozens of times before.

Traffic was light on Michigan Avenue, a five-lane road, which runs from the front steps of the State Capitol right past Michigan State University. John traveled eastbound in the far right (curb) lane for several blocks, without incident. Then, only blocks from home, he heard a honk imme

Another Successful National Bike Summit

With 750 attendees from all 50 states and three Canadian provinces, the 2013 National Bike Summit (NBS) was certainly a success. The National Women’s Bicycling Forum, which piggybacked the NBS, also saw a huge turnout, with 350 people traveling to Washington D.C. to hear from speakers like Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. The focus this year’s NBS was on how “bicycling means business”. The economic impact of bicycling was explored, discussed, and debated in workshops, over meals, and during coffee breaks. Continue reading “Another Successful National Bike Summit” »

MMBA New Trail Guide reminder!

 

Just a reminder as we now get into good weather- the MMBA launched a new trail guide thanks to some highly skilled and dedicated work by one of your fellow mountain bikers. The trail guide is much more visual and informative. It’s easy to see WHERE the trails are!

Our new Trail Guide can be found here, or at the link in the side bar: http://mmba.org/trail-guide

Developed as a winter-time volunteer project by professional web developer Jeff Lau (UselessPickles on the MMBA Forum) this guide is designed to let users explore what our state has to offer, easily finding information about each trail. One can quickly identify trails in an area, drill down to detailed info on each trail, and get directions to help navigate to new places. Some of the trails even feature an overlay of their trail map.
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48 Hours to Go: National Bike Challenge Starts Wednesday!

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Now in its second year, the National Bike Challenge continues its mission to inspire and empower millions of Americans to ride their bikes for transportation, recreation and better health. The friendly, online competition — sponsored by the League and Kimberly-Clark Corporation – kicks off Wednesday, May 1!

The goal: To unite 50,000 bicyclists to ride 20 million miles in communities across America.
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2013 IMBA Great Lakes Regional Summit

The 2013 IMBA Great Lakes Regional Summit is just a few weeks away…. are you registered yet?!?2013-shakedown-t-shirt-final-small

WHEN: May 17-19, 2013
WHERE: Brown County, Indiana
COST: $50

This year’s event, co-hosted by the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association and Sub-9 Productions, will provide opportunities for advocates across the region to witness valuable presentations, network with others, have fun and enjoy quality riding at Brown County State Park (Nashville, IN).
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Mud, Sweat & Beers

56HomeFat Tire Fest and Mountain Bike Race.

MSB 2013 will be held on May 4th and again feature 4 events including:
Stout – 22 miles
Pale Ale – 12 miles
Ginger Ale – 2 miles
Root Beer – 1/4 mile

Registration is OPEN for Ginger Ale and Root Beer races only! Pale Ale and Stout races are SOLD OUT

2013 Ales For Trails !

Join us at this FUN fundraiser!

ALES FOR TRAILS 2013

2013 Hey Cancer ! Take a Hike !!

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Thompson’s Harbor State Park Silver Anniversary Celebration

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10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Start the day in the big tent located at the entrance road to hear about park history. Other activities include guided tours to see the park’s birding spots and other natural features, including a quaking bog and various wildflowers. Thompson’s Harbor State Park is strewn with dwarf lake irises in the late spring and early summer months, and the celebration is timed to coincide with their blooming. While the flowers are easily found in the park, they’re considered a threatened species by state and federal laws.
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22nd Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour

*** July 13-19, 2013 ***2013 Route for website

The 22nd Annual Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance Michigander Bicycle Tour is back and better than ever! Join us July 13-19 when bicyclists of all ages and expertise will come out and tour northern Michigan’s rail trails and back roads on a fabulous biking adventure.

The featured trails on this year’s tour are the Little Traverse Wheelway Trail and the North Central State Trail. Participants can choose between the 2, 6, or 7 day option depending on their riding preference.
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Border to Border Trail Receives $300 K Grant

By Katrease Stafford Ypsilanti Reporter

Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com file photo Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for AnnArbor.com.

Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com file photo
Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for AnnArbor.com.

The city of Ypsilanti has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant program to go toward the Border to Border Trail project that will run through the city’s Water Street property.
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Championship Point Series racing has begun!

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The MMBA sponsored Championship Point Series kicked off the mountain bike race season Sunday with the annual Yankee Springs Time Trial. Over 700 racers competed in the 24th edition of the race. The Yankee Springs Time Trial is a Western Michigan Mountain Bike Alliance IMBA-chapter fundraiser and proceeds go to buildi and maintaining trails in West Michigan.

Next up is the Fort Custer Stampede, also a fundraiser for the Southwest Michigan Mountain Bike Association IMBA chapter. Proceeds from this event support trails at Fort Custer and the surrounding area. Expect nearly 600 racers for this one.
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