This is a notice for an event sponsored by the League of Michigan Bicyclists, visit their website for more information.
The League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance,Michigan Mountain Biking Association and MSU Bikes are pleased to join forces once again for the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day to be held at the State Capitol on May 23rd, 2012 as a culmination of National Bike Month.
Whether you enjoy riding on Michigan roads, trails or dirt single track, Advocacy Day is your opportunity to speak with one voice to help advance the interests of all cyclists in the state. We hope that casual riders and die-hards alike will join us in advancing the interests of all bicyclists by communicating the great importance of cycling to the Michigan Legislator.
This year's key issues include:
- Protecting vulnerable roadway users by establishing enhanced penalties for injuring or killing cyclists
- Revising the right turn hand signal to make an extended right arm legal in Michigan
- Supporting bikes on trains through the implementation of the Michigan State Rail Plan
- Supporting a new Michigan trails and greenways license plate to fund local trail projects
- Opposing efforts to eliminate the Michigan Complete Streets Advisory Council
- Opposing efforts to eliminate dedicated non-motorized funding in the state's transportation funding formulas
- Opposing "Right to Ride" legislation which elevates equestrian trail users above all other user groups, including mountain bikers
Learn more about these issues by downloading our 2012 Legislative Priorities packet (PDF).
Escorted by local police bike patrols, the day will start with a short road rally ride from MSU Bikes to the State Capitol where volunteers from all three organizations will educate legislators on the above policy issues that facilitate a bicycle-friendly Michigan. Lunch will be provided after legislative visits, followed by an optional afternoon ride.
- 8:30 am - Bike rally leaves from MSU Bikes to State Capitol
- 9:15 am – Welcome & Guest Speaker Representative Anthony Forlini
- 9:30 am - Issue Overview & Questions
- 10:15 am - Meetings with Representatives and Senators
- 12:45 pm - Lunch on Capitol grounds
- 1:45 pm - Group photo on Capitol steps
- 2:00 pm - "Lansing by bicycle" (self-guided ride)
Registration for Advocacy Day is $10 and includes lunch.
Visit the League of Michigan Bycyclists website for more information or to register