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Michigan Bicyclist Magazine-Winter2010

Michigan Bicyclist Magazine-Winter2010

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The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit statewide organization devoted exclusively to the advancement of bicycling. Our mission is to promote bicycling and increase the safety of bicyclists on the roadways in Michigan. Michigan Bicyclist is a benefit of membership in the League of Michigan Bicyclists. Michigan Bicyclist Magazine is published four times a year as part of the League’s continuing efforts to inform
Michigan bicyclists.
The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit statewide organization devoted exclusively to the advancement of bicycling. Our mission is to promote bicycling and increase the safety of bicyclists on the roadways in Michigan. Michigan Bicyclist is a benefit of membership in the League of Michigan Bicyclists. Michigan Bicyclist Magazine is published four times a year as part of the League’s continuing efforts to inform
Michigan bicyclists.

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Published by: League of Michigan Bicyclists on Jan 16, 2010
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• Michigan BicyclistsUnite in 2010
Lucinda Means Advocacy DayMichigan Bicycle Summit
Grand Rapids &Traverse City NamedBicycle Friendly Cities• And More
Winter 2010
In This Issue:
World Bicycle Records setat Ford Human PoweredSpeed Challenge
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Connie Ramsey had broken a spoke. Of course, it was on the cog sideof the rear wheel.She and her husband, Vern, who never rode far ahead of or behind her,were awaiting a SAG when I happened to pedal by. I guess I thought I wasdoing what Boy Scouts used to call a “good deed.” More likely, I neededa socially redeeming excuse for carrying spokes, a chain tool, and a cogremover on a sagged ride.Connie and Vern were grateful and, as always, gracious. Needless to say, I didn’t knowI was “rescuing” two people who thought nothing of riding from Detroit to Ann Arbor, orLansing, or Flint, Toronto, Chicago, or Washington, DC (and back), and had taken a train toSeattle and ridden back. All these were self-contained touring, without touring companyguides or fancy accommodations.I also didn’t know that they had been active, long before I even thought of group or clubriding, in the Metro Council of American Youth Hostels, the group I joined later. By then,they had fallen among more formidable company. Vern says of their rst ride to Flint andback with the Wolverines, “I was never so glad to see Eight Mile in my life.”But, as with everything they did together, they also said, “We can do this!” — and so theydid. Vern, slim, tall and ripped at 72, was the original athlete; Connie cheered him on. Later,the roles reversed. If you’ve been lucky enough to ride with them, you know about their amaz-ing gift for coaching. Even today, Vern encourages me to do a long-deferred sea-to-sea ride.If I had the guts, I’d want to do it with him.Charlene McNary started cycling to help her avoid diabetes, which runs in her family. Tenyears ago, she started Sisters Cycling as a 50-woman team in the American Diabetes Asso-ciation’s Tour-de-Cure to ght diabetes. Connie and Vern were there to coach them, fromexperienced rider to novice. Connie even ran bike repair classes in their garage. (I also didn’tknow Connie was an Effective Cycling Instructor.) She (and Vern) became a mainstay of thesuccessor Sisters Cycling Club.But that was no big thing for Connie. She played the same role in everything she did. Of particular signicance for us, Connie represented the Wolverine Sports Club at the Lansingmeetings that created the League of Michigan Bicyclists. If not for Connie, we might not behere today.Connie sewed a sampling of their many tour patches onto jackets that now commemorate
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RICH MOELLERExecutive Director
JOHN LINDENMAYERAssociate Director, Webmaster
The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) is a501(c)(3) non-prot statewide organization devotedexclusively to the advancement of bicycling. Ourmission is to promote bicycling and increase thesafety of bicyclists on the roadways in Michigan.
 Michigan Bicyclist 
is a benet of membershipin the League of Michigan Bicyclists.
 Michigan Bicyclist 
is published four times a year as partof the League’s continuing efforts to informMichigan bicyclists.
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Connie Ramsey,
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Connie Ramsey with daughter, Constance Montgomery, and grandson, Zackery.
2009 will be remembered as a year of chal-lenges. The economy hurt everyone, includingLMB. For the rst time in four years, we willhave a negative nancial outcome. Early inthe year, I realized this was going to happen. Idecided not to cut our efforts to promote bicyclingand the safety of bicyclists, but to use the reserveswe had built up over the years to carry us throughthis tough time. In 2010, we will adjust the budget as necessary tocontinue to carry out our core mission.Another (perpetual) challenge is that bicyclists are a very diversegroup. Your belief about what cycling’s main issues are varies dra-matically with where you t in the bicycling community. Realizingthat we don’t have the resources or ability to be everything to every-one, John and I try to gauge where our efforts will do the most good.To help us, we seek advice from two groups of LMB volunteers, theAdvocacy and Education Committees, which recommend prioritiesfor the League’s efforts each year.As we begin 2010, we are involved in some exciting projects. Weare currently developing “What Every Michigan YOUTH BicyclistMust Know,” an illustrated booklet and a major resource for educatingyoung cyclists. Educating kids is key to the long-term success andsafety of bicycling. Teaching an old dog a new habit is much harderthan training a pup the right way from the beginning.Although LMB is a statewide organization, it is impossible forour staff to ‘touch’ everything ‘bicycle’ in Michigan directly. Ourphilosophy is to provide the tools and resources for individuals, shops,clubs and organizations across the state to improve cycling back home.To that end, we are currently developing both an Advocacy and anEducation Tool Kit. These will be web-based resources you can useto improve cycling and cyclists’ safety locally.The theme of this year’s Michigan Bicycle Summit, March 27,2010 is “Providing Tools for a Brighter Bicycling Future in Michigan.”We are delighted to welcome Andy Clarke, Executive Director of theLeague of American Bicyclists, as our keynote speaker. The Sum-mit is meant for individual bicyclists like you, who want to improvecycling in our state. I hope you will join us.On May 26, 2010, all Michigan bicyclists will unite at the SixthAnnual Lucinda Means Advocacy Day. This year, members and sup-porters of LMB, the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and theMichigan Mountain Biking Association will join together to lobbyour state legislators on behalf of all cyclists.My new year’s wish is that, though we all come from differentcycling backgrounds, we all come together in a united front to promotebicycling and the safety of bicyclists in Michigan.Remember, every day you ride your bike is a great day!
By RICH MOELLER, LMB Executive Director
From the Big Wheel
DALMACs, TOSRVs, GOBAs, Wolverine Marathons (200 miles, of course), ACCs, and the very rst Peach of a Ride, to name a few. Youname the ride; they’ve done it. (You can see why I don’t rememberexactly which ride we met on.)Vern says he can’t understand why some folks have made a “fuss”over them from time to time. “We’re just ordinary people.” Well,yes — ordinary people who spent nearly 52 years together, not as acouple, but as a unit. Ordinary people who pooled their income fromday one and couldn’t understand couples who fought about moneyor “couldn’t get along.” Ordinary people who earned the label, “TheHoneys,” not just by always addressing each other as “Honey,” butfor their outlook on life and the sweetness of their smiles. Ordinaryfolks who, when their kids started riding ten-speeds, didn’t just jointhem, but made cycling a ‘family value.’If you were among the cyclists fortunate enough to attend Con-nie’s memorial service at St. Stephen’s AME last month — anddidn’t already know — you heard just how “ordinary” Connie, andVern, were — and weren’t. Rev. Dr. Cousin told of his astonishmentwhen he asked the Honeys how they returned from their bike tripto Washington, DC, and they replied, “on our bikes.” But he spokeof his awe when he visited Connie in the hospital and she alwaystried to cheer him up. No one in the church was the least surprised.Connie was involved with the Campre Girls, Boy Scouts, LittleLeague, PTA (as president), churches, and her block club. Sheserved 12 years as Detroit Parks Commissioner. She taught aero-bics, weightlifting and bike repair. For a time, she worked at MikeWalden’s Continental Bike Shop. She and Vern once rode fromSpartanburg, SC to Asheville, NC, ascending 6,650-foot MountMitchell. She designed and sewed active wear. She swam, ran,skied and roller-skated.She and Vern raised two wonderful children, and enjoyed grand-children and a great-grandchild. To get a better picture of her life,read Cassandra Spratling’s beautiful remembrance in the DetroitFree Press at:
. (Cassandra and her brotherReggie are among many people Connie and Vern brought into thecycling fold. She rode 2500 miles last year!) Patricia Anstett alsowrote great article on the Honeys and their lives and lifestyle abouteight years ago, sadly no longer in the online Free Press archive.We, Michigan’s Cycling Community, are diminished by Connie’spassing. Every one of us blessed to have met her and Vern on a ridehas glimpsed how great our loss is. Many privileged to have knownthem, worked with them, and beneted from their kindness andencouragement feel it all the more. Cyclists who never knew Con-nie or Vern owe these “ordinary” people more than they can realize.As Robert Frost once wrote, “The question he asks, in all butwords, is what to make of a diminished thing?” LMB and all of cycling are diminished by the loss of our sister, Constance Ramsey.What we make of our community now, as always, is up to us. Connieand Vern would still say, “We can do this.”
Connie Ramsey,
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