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Michigan Bicyclist Magazine_Spring2010

Michigan Bicyclist Magazine_Spring2010

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Spring 2010 Michigan Bicyclist Magazine from the League of Michigan Bicyclists.
Spring 2010 Michigan Bicyclist Magazine from the League of Michigan Bicyclists.

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Bike Summit Round UpsMichigan Goes BicycleFriendlyTexting Ban PassesLMB Annual Report• And More
Spring 2010
In This Issue:
Bicycle Advocates Join Forcesfor 2010 Lucinda Means BicycleAdvocacy Day
- PAGE 8
BicyclistsUniteMay 26, 2010Lansing, MI
uick Release
I’ve been honored to serve many community organizations, and a numberof governing boards, including leadership stints. In many ways, they’re thesame; in some, they can be quite different. Because organizations comprisehuman beings, they display the gamut of human personality types and behav-iors. Participate in enough groups and you’ll see (and sometimes be) the good,the bad, and the ugly.As an elected ofcial, I became familiar with the political model, whereconstituents communicate in many ways. They call people hired to run the city, from the copon the beat to the highest appointed ofcial. They attend public meetings, whether citizenboards or city councils. They also contact ofcials outside meetings. Surprisingly, given theheat in public meetings, they do this less often. Of course, they can always express ultimatedispleasure on election day.There’s an important distinction in cities, towns and villages, between “Strong Mayor” and“Weak Mayor” systems. A “Strong Mayor” actually runs day-to-day city operations, like anychief operating ofcer (COO). The “Weak Mayor” system, hires a separate COO (called a CityManager) to keep streets clean and people safe.During one mayoral terms I received a fellowship to the Kennedy School of Government(KSG) at Harvard. (A couple of years later, our City Manager was also chosen.) There I learneda key concept: ofcials almost invariably t one of two archetypes, each named for members of Washington’s Cabinet. One is the Hamiltonian, whose mantra is “Get ‘er done,” whether buildinga bridge or levying taxes for it. She has no patience for debate, and doesn’t mind stepping on toes.The “Jeffersonian” is not interested simply in goals, but in how she meets them. She caresabout democratic “process,” through which free people reach consensus on society’s goals. Evenmajority rule is not democratic enough; she is just as concerned about minority rights.Not surprisingly, most mayors at Harvard were Jeffersonians; most city managers, re chiefsand public works directors, Hamiltonians. Neither is best or worst. Democracy needs both activelyinvolved. They will always conict. That’s healthy. It’s unhealthy, dysfunctional, for either todominate, or to fail to engage in setting goals and managing their implementation.Though different from municipal governments, other organizations share many of theircharacteristics. It is important for any organization’s members to understand its leaders’ rolesand their own relationship to the group’s leaders, employees and fellow members.LMB is very like a “Weak Mayor” government. Except for chairing board meetings (andwriting this column), the CEO (Chief Executive Ofcer) exercises no special powers. He’s aboard member with a gavel.The board wields one strong power: hiring and ring Executive Directors. This is not par-
Michigan Bicyclist
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 LMB Tours
Tour Director - Sunrise Adventure
Tour Director - MUP
Ride Leader - Shoreline West 
Ride Leader - Shoreline West 
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.
 416 S. Cedar St. Suite A Lansing, MI 48912(888) 642-4537 | (517) 334-9100(517) 334-9111 (fax) | www.LMB.org
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Zeke Boldy rides his “re bike” in the2010 Traverse City Earth Day Parade.The parade is organized each year by theLittle Artshram. This year's theme was"pedal power," displayed here in a bannerat the front of the parade. Recently, “Complete Streets” advocates have beenparticularly active in the city workingto implement a community-planninginitiative called
The Grand Vision
, aswell as holding the city governmentaccountable for policies that call for morecomplete streets.
Photos courtesy of Gary L Howewww.MyWheelsareTurning.com
On the Cover
Quick Release,
continued on page 10
By being a member of LMB you have demon-strated that you care about bicycling in Michigan.Whether or not we want to be, each of us is a leader.I would like to share with you my thoughts on howwe as leaders need to adapt to ensure that Michigancontinues to become bicycle-friendly.We need to be real leaders to advance our bicycleagenda. Unfortunately, there are many more poorleadership role models as than good ones today. Leadership is not beinga bully and forcing your ideas down people’s throats. Nor is leadershipsitting back and doing nothing and hoping the issue will disappear or,if someone does have an idea, criticizing him or her. Leadership isembracing individuals who come from different disciplines, hold dif-ferent views and want to work to make bicycling safer. A good leaderis not only a good listener, but is able to work with a diverse group andencourage them to work as one to achieve a common goal. Being aleader means not caring who gets the credit as long as the goals arereached. That is real leadership.A leader doesn’t have to be in charge to lead. If you are simply amember of a group, you can still lead. We all have different beliefs.Some of us may feel that, unless you ride a bike with dropped handle-bars, you are not a bicyclist. When we are part of a group we
notlet individual ideology hinder the groups ability to complete the task.We must stand up for our views, but we be willing to compromise forthe good of the whole. This is real leadership.No longer can we sit back and wait for someone else to do it. Now weneed actively to involve all bicyclists and groups that are sympatheticto our issues, not just those that look like us or are our friends. I chal-lenge each of you to think how you can be a leader, a real leader inyour community.Thanks to Trek’s leadership, bicycle shops have begun to realize theimportance of their involvement in advocacy. It is time that we engagethe bike shops and make them part of our advocacy and educationefforts at all levels, not just as people we ask for freebies, but as trueadvocacy partners.The average age of bicyclists in clubs and organizations like LMBis in the mid ’50s. Obviously, we are missing a huge segment of thebicycling population. We need to use the various social networking toolsto reach out to bicyclists who may not look or act like the average LMBbicyclist. How many of you are embracing Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,blogs, Google groups, Flickr and Delicious? Five years ago, when I tookthis job, many of these tools didn’t exist. No longer can we say, “I don’tunderstand this new age stuff” and ignore it. We need to embrace it. Weare discovering a whole new world of bicyclists and supporters throughthese vehicles. Many of these are younger bicyclists who have a realinterest in what their future is going to look like.For years we have thought that bicycle clubs would be an excellentvehicle for advocacy and bicycle education. Some have, but many simplywant to ride their bikes and want no part of advocating and educating.Thankfully, in many communities, coalitions such as Walk Bike Lan-sing!, Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, Safe and Active Geneseefor Everyone and the Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition havebecome leaders in advocating for bicycling. We need to take advantageof the support we can get from these types of coalitions.Bicyclists come in many sizes, shapes and packages. We have dif-ferent wants and needs and don’t often agree on much except that weall want a safe bicycling environment. I challenge each one of youto make a commitment to be a leader in your community by ensur-ing all groups and individuals are part of making bicycling safer inMichigan.
By RICH MOELLER, LMB Executive Director
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