We are confident that getting on a bike will improve your life, no matter what the rest of the world is doing. And we are confident that you see the value of the work we’re doing together through the League of Michigan Bicyclists, even if its shape changes significantly for a while:
We put out a call last Monday, March 16 to suspend all group rides in the state. It’s time to go solo to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
We advocated to the Governor’s office for bicycle repair to be considered “critical infrastructure” in her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order on Thursday, March 19. We're seeking clarification and will keep you posted.
After a successful launch at the Traffic Safety Summit on March 9, we have moved our upcoming law enforcement training for Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education to an online format.
Engagement continues online March 30 through April 4 for our 2020-2022 Strategic Plan.
We advocated for national bicycle priorities in the virtual Lobby Day for the National Bike Summit with staff for Senators Peters and Stabenow and Representatives Slotkin, Dingell, Amash, Moolenaar, and Huizenga.
We continue to advocate for state priorities including a “hands-free” law to fight distracted driving, a “safety stop” bill similar to laws in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Delaware and Arkansas, and use of the “Bikes May Use Full Lane” sign.
We are preparing to roll out new educational resources to accompany our handbooks, including a training video for law enforcement and an online bicycle safety quiz for Driver Education students and the general public.
If this work is meaningful and valuable to you, there’s no better time to become a member of the League of Michigan Bicyclists and help us reach our goal of 2,020 members in 2020. Or donate to support implementation of our new strategic plan.
We have a choice in how we respond to the coronavirus pandemic: solidarity or fear.
Let’s choose solidarity. Let’s ride.
Team LMB (remotely)
John Lindenmayer, Executive Director
Matt Penniman, Communications Director
Allison Quast, Development Director
Terry Barnes, Director of Tours
Erin Sloan-Turner, Education Coordinator
Scott Neumann, Outreach Coordinator
PS. If you're getting back on a bike for the first time in a long time, check out our free guide "What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know" – updated in 2019 and available in PDF. Your gift to support our strategic plan will help to translate it into other languages!