Category Archives: Bicycle Advocacy

Mountain Bike Trail Forum

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a “Trail Forum” on March 22nd at Tree Tops Resort between 1pm and 5pm

Thunder Bay Trails representatives are planning on attending, let us know if you would like to come along

Click on the links below for more details

MBS Invitation

Mountain Bike Trail Forum Agenda

Tour Alpena County’s MTB Trails Fund Raiser

Rail Trail Bridge Pano

Saturday July 23rd 2016 at 8am Ride all the single track in Alpena County starting at Rockport ~ Norway Ridge Pathway ~ Chippewa Hills Pathway

The day would begin at 8am at Rockport State Rec Area doing one 7 mile loop around the quarry, then jumping in your vehicle and driving to Norway Ridge Pathway where you would do an lap approx. 7 miles then back into your vehicle on to Chippewa Hills Pathway for a lap of 7 to 10 miles.
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LMB 2013 Michigan Bicycling Photo Contest

League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) is pleased to announce our 2nd Annual 7706943608_c0b1efe846Michigan Bicycling Photo Contest. We are looking for striking digital images that highlight the beauty, adventure, diversity, and inspirational nature of bicycle travel in Michigan.

Images may be taken anywhere in the state of Michigan and must have a bicycle-related theme (Photos that focus on the scenery of an area must include some connection to or indication of bike travel). We are especially interested in images that showcase the wide range of bicycle-related experiences: touring, road, dirt and trail riding, rural and urban settings, scenery and weather, people, and the emotions.
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LMB’s 2013 Year End Appeal Campaign Kick Off

Our 2013 Year End Appeal Campaign will officially start on November 1st. But Thermometerthanks to a pre campaign appeal we are currently at 20% of our goal of $13,000 (“13 in 13”)

By now, some of you have received your year-end appeal in the mail and we’d like to thank you profusely if you have already made your contribution. If you have not received your appeal request or donated just yet, please do consider supporting LMB with your donation as we continue to work to make sure that bicycling issues are kept at the forefront of the discussion on transportation safety in Michigan.
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Vulnerable Roadway User Legislation Receives Hearing

LMB’s Vulnerable Roadway User legislation (HB 4792 and HB 4799), received a hearing before the Criminal Justice Committee on September 11th. The VRU_Ghost_Bikelegislation which creates enhanced penalties for drivers who injure or kill bicyclists, pedestrians, or wheelchair users is similar to laws already in place for construction workers, farmers driving slow moving vehicles, and children in school zones.

John Lindenmayer, Advocacy and Policy Director for League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB), testified along side the bill sponsor, Representative Ed McBroom. LMB focused on the undeniable disparity that exists between drivers and other road users. Lindenmayer provided background on the need to raise the standard for care for drivers when traveling around non-motorized users who do not benefit from the same level of protections as those in automobiles.
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Vulnerable Roadway User Hearing Scheduled – Please Contact Your Representative Today!

LMB’s vulnerable roadway user legislation will receive a hearing on Wednesday, VRU_Ghost_BikeSeptember 11th, before the Criminal Justice Committee. LMB has worked closely with local bicyclists throughout the summer to communicate with committee members about this legislation, which would create enhanced penalties for drivers who injure or kill bicyclists, pedestrians, or wheelchair users. The legislation is modeled after enhanced protections already in law for construction workers, farmers driving slow moving vehicles, and children in school zones.
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Amtrak Route is Getting Bicycle-Friendly

AmTrak-TrainPassengers on the Amtrak Blue Water route that stops in Flint can bring along their bicycles starting this week.

 

The Michigan Department of Transportation said in a news release that starting Sept. 6, bicycles can be transported on trains that run daily between Port Huron and Chicago via Flint, East Lansing and Kalamazoo.

“Uniquely in the Midwest, rail cars on the Blue Water have been modified to create an area to securely carry up to four bikes per train on a popular route that serves two large state universities (Michigan State and Western Michigan) and several bicycle-friendly communities,” the MDOT announcement says.
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There is Still Time to Enjoy Your Bike this Year

Labor Day is always thought of as the unofficial end to summer.  We then start looking at putting things in storage until Spring of the IMG_1926next year.  It makes us face the harsh reality that another long cold winter is only just weeks away.  Dreading that long stretch near the end of January and into the month of February of gray days that just seem endless.  If those thoughts don’t give you immediate pangs of Cabin Fever, nothing will.  So why waste another minute or day by not getting out to enjoy our great out of doors in Northeast Michigan.
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Detroit Freepress: BMX bikers hope to turn Brush Park effort into fundraiser

The group that turned an abandoned, trash-filled lot into a series of BMX trails is hoping to make their volunteer effort permanent. The project, led by a photographer known as Camera Jesus and an aspiring actor/writer named Donovon Darius, is called the Brush Park BMX Community Park.

Darius and Joe Gall (aka Camera Jesus) hope to raise $10,000 to turn the former weed-infested land into a destination for BMX enthusiasts from around Michigan – already, the hand-shaped trails in the shadow of Ford Field attract dozens of local riders every evening.
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Lucinda Means Advocacy Day: May 22nd

virtual-lobby-day-graphicOn May 22nd bicyclists from across the state will converge on the Capitol to advocate for a more bicycle-friendly state during the 2013 Lucinda Means Advocacy Day.

Even if you can’t attend Advocacy Day in person, you can still be a part of the action by participating in our Virtual Lobby Day! Please urge your Representative to cosponsor our vulnerable user legislation. This legislation will create enhanced penalties for drivers who injure or kill bicyclists! With over 80 locally adopted Complete Streets ordinances, Michigan is leading the nation with these policies. As communities continue to implement Complete Streets, more and more individuals are choosing active transportation like walking and biking. Improved infrastructure alone; however, does not guarantee safety. “Share the Road” principles must be stressed and stiffer penalties should be implemented for drivers who fail to safely coexist with other legal users of the roadway.
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The New Michigander Expo is happening Sunday, May 19, 2013

Michigander-Expo_02-300x231Find out all about the Michigander this Sunday at the Michigander Expo, happening at Maybury State Park in Northville from 10 am to 3 pm.

We will have seminars on bikes from several area bike shops that are joining us (American Cycle & Fitness, Performance Bikes and South Lyon Cycle) as well as a seminar on camping equipment from Moosejaw. Barry Culham, Michigander Coordinator, will talk all about this year’s ride and answer your questions. Nancy Krupiarz, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance Executive Director, will talk about new trail connections and respond to inquiries about Michigan’s trails. A light lunch is included. The admission is free of charge, but you will need a Recreation Passport ($12 for the year) to get in the park, which you can purchase at the gate to the park. Bring your bike and you can access 4 miles of paved trails or 11 miles of singletrack for your riding pleasure.
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Reminder- Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day this coming Wed May 22nd

The MMBA is supporting the League of Michigan Bicyclists for their annual Lucinda Means Bicycle 2013-Advocacy-Day-logo_225pixelsAdvocacy Day on May 22nd.

The League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Mountain Biking Association are pleased to join forces once again for the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day to be held at the State Capitol on May 22nd, 2013 as a culmination of National Bike Month.
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