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Johnny Pugh
Estimable Member Ride Leaders

I just got a letter, via email, from the League of Michigan Bicyclists and I like what what they are doing for the bicycling community! Here is a link to the letter: https://mailchi.mp/033f137ff6e7/from-lmb-with-love?e=9652a0147b

I think what they are saying applies to bicyclists everywhere.

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Posted : March 23, 2020 3:47 pm
Johnny Pugh
Estimable Member Ride Leaders

I'm not sure if the link that I provided will work, so here is the text of the email.

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Dear Johnny,

How are you holding up? 

We hope you and your loved ones are safe, giving six feet of social distance and doing your part to slow the virus. It’s okay to feel unsettled. It’s okay to wonder what’s going to happen. We don’t have the answers, but we’re here for you. With cupboards full of food and tires full of air, we can get through this together. 

We encourage you to get out and ride! Cycling is a great form of stress relief and, if done alone or with your household members, can be done safely.  Let us know how you are, by sending us an email or giving us a call. Use the hashtag #GoSolo in social media posts to stay connected with our community. 

Here at LMB, we’re taking this transition in stride. Our staff now works from home, almost entirely – many of us with children and pets “helping out”.

We’ve moved all of our strategic planning events to an online format (and hope you can join us for one soon!) We are also working to transition our Advocacy Day to an online format. 

One of the big sources of uncertainty for us, right now, is the fate of the 2020 riding season. We were thrilled to publish our 2020 Ride Calendar, listing all the fantastic group rides happening across our state and including our own HUB Fest, Sunrise Adventure, MUP, and Shoreline West tours. We’ve already seen two of these events reschedule for fall and seen registrations for our own tours slow to a trickle. We’re exploring all of our options and keeping an eye on the news, but the number of unknowns is too high right now to predict anything with confidence.

We are confident, though, of the strength and resilience of the Michigan bicycling community. We are confident that you will find ways to get out and ride on your own – to #GoSolo or with your household.

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.

 

Sincerely yours,

Team LMB (remotely)

    John Lindenmayer, Executive Director

    john@lmb.org

 

    Matt Penniman, Communications Director

    matt@lmb.org

 

    Allison Quast, Development Director

    allison@lmb.org 

 

    Terry Barnes, Director of Tours

    terry@lmb.org

 

    Erin Sloan-Turner, Education Coordinator

    erin@lmb.org 

 

    Scott Neumann, Outreach Coordinator

    sneumann@lmb.org 

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!

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