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MICHIGAN

BICYCLIST

In This Issue:
• Michigan Bicyclists
Unite in 2010
• Lucinda Means Advocacy Day
• Michigan Bicycle Summit

• Grand Rapids &


Traverse City Named
Bicycle Friendly Cities
• And More

World Bicycle Records set


at Ford Human Powered
Winter 2010 Speed Challenge
uick Release
The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) is a By  DANTE LANZETTA, LMB Board Chair
501(c)(3) non-profit statewide organization devoted
exclusively to the advancement of bicycling. Our Connie Ramsey had broken a spoke. Of course, it was on the cog side
mission is to promote bicycling and increase the of the rear wheel.
safety of bicyclists on the roadways in Michigan.
She and her husband, Vern, who never rode far ahead of or behind her,
Michigan Bicyclist is a benefit of membership were awaiting a SAG when I happened to pedal by. I guess I thought I was
in the League of Michigan Bicyclists. Michigan
Bicyclist is published four times a year as part doing what Boy Scouts used to call a “good deed.” More likely, I needed
of the League’s continuing efforts to inform a socially redeeming excuse for carrying spokes, a chain tool, and a cog
Michigan bicyclists.
remover on a sagged ride.
Michigan Bicyclist Connie and Vern were grateful and, as always, gracious. Needless to say, I didn’t know
Editor, Art & Design: JOHN LINDENMAYER I was “rescuing” two people who thought nothing of riding from Detroit to Ann Arbor, or
Copy Editor: DANTE LANZETTA Lansing, or Flint, Toronto, Chicago, or Washington, DC (and back), and had taken a train to
Cover Photo: COLLEEN DALGLIESH Seattle and ridden back. All these were self-contained touring, without touring company
guides or fancy accommodations.
Letters/Comments/Advertisements may be
directed to: john@LMB.org I also didn’t know that they had been active, long before I even thought of group or club
Visit our web site for contact information, riding, in the Metro Council of American Youth Hostels, the group I joined later. By then,
advertising rates and much more. they had fallen among more formidable company. Vern says of their first ride to Flint and
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back 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 they
did. 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.
Printed on
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If I had the guts, I’d want to do it with him.
LMB Directors Charlene McNary started cycling to help her avoid diabetes, which runs in her family. Ten
Region 1: STEVEN ROACH years ago, she started Sisters Cycling as a 50-woman team in the American Diabetes Asso-
Region 2: MICHAEL SPROUL
Region 3: DANTE LANZETTA, Chair ciation’s Tour-de-Cure to fight diabetes. Connie and Vern were there to coach them, from
Region 4: JIM CARPENTER, Vice Chair experienced rider to novice. Connie even ran bike repair classes in their garage. (I also didn’t
Region 5: PAUL ALMAN
Region 6: RORY NEUNER
know Connie was an Effective Cycling Instructor.) She (and Vern) became a mainstay of the
Region 7: MICHAEL BOERSMA, Treasurer successor Sisters Cycling Club.
Region 8: BARBARA SCHMID, Secretary But that was no big thing for Connie. She played the same role in everything she did. Of
Region 9: DAVE KINDY
Region 10: VACANT particular significance for us, Connie represented the Wolverine Sports Club at the Lansing
Region 11: MICHAEL SHEEAN meetings that created the League of Michigan Bicyclists. If not for Connie, we might not be
Region 12: CHRISTINA RIDDLE
At Large: FRED DORE
here today.
At Large: DAVE DUFFIELD Connie sewed a sampling of their many tour patches onto jackets that now commemorate
At Large: PHIL WELLS
See Connie Ramsey, cont. on next page
LMB Tours
ANNE BELANGER, Tour Director - Sunrise Adventure
FRED DORE, Tour Director - MUP
JIM DOUGHERTY, Ride Leader - Shoreline West
MARY DOUGHERTY, Ride Leader - Shoreline West

Staff
RICH MOELLER
Executive Director
office@lmb.org
JOHN LINDENMAYER
Associate Director, Webmaster
john@LMB.org

League of Michigan Bicyclists


416 S. Cedar St. Suite A Lansing, MI 48912
(888) 642-4537 | (517) 334-9100
(517) 334-9111 (fax) | www.LMB.org Connie Ramsey with daughter, Constance Montgomery, and grandson, Zackery.

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From the Big Wheel
By RICH MOELLER, LMB Executive Director Connie Ramsey, cont. from previous page

2009 will be remembered as a year of chal- DALMACs, TOSRVs, GOBAs, Wolverine Marathons (200 miles, of
lenges. The economy hurt everyone, including course), ACCs, and the very first Peach of a Ride, to name a few. You
LMB. For the first time in four years, we will name the ride; they’ve done it. (You can see why I don’t remember
have a negative financial outcome. Early in exactly which ride we met on.)
the year, I realized this was going to happen. I Vern says he can’t understand why some folks have made a “fuss”
decided not to cut our efforts to promote bicycling over them from time to time. “We’re just ordinary people.” Well,
and the safety of bicyclists, but to use the reserves yes — ordinary people who spent nearly 52 years together, not as a
we had built up over the years to carry us through couple, but as a unit. Ordinary people who pooled their income from
this tough time. In 2010, we will adjust the budget as necessary to day one and couldn’t understand couples who fought about money
continue to carry out our core mission. or “couldn’t get along.” Ordinary people who earned the label, “The
Another (perpetual) challenge is that bicyclists are a very diverse Honeys,” not just by always addressing each other as “Honey,” but
group. Your belief about what cycling’s main issues are varies dra- for their outlook on life and the sweetness of their smiles. Ordinary
matically with where you fit in the bicycling community. Realizing folks who, when their kids started riding ten-speeds, didn’t just join
that we don’t have the resources or ability to be everything to every- them, but made cycling a ‘family value.’
one, John and I try to gauge where our efforts will do the most good. If you were among the cyclists fortunate enough to attend Con-
To help us, we seek advice from two groups of LMB volunteers, the nie’s memorial service at St. Stephen’s AME last month — and
Advocacy and Education Committees, which recommend priorities didn’t already know — you heard just how “ordinary” Connie, and
for the League’s efforts each year. Vern, were — and weren’t. Rev. Dr. Cousin told of his astonishment
As we begin 2010, we are involved in some exciting projects. We when he asked the Honeys how they returned from their bike trip
are currently developing “What Every Michigan YOUTH Bicyclist to Washington, DC, and they replied, “on our bikes.” But he spoke
Must Know,” an illustrated booklet and a major resource for educating of his awe when he visited Connie in the hospital and she always
young cyclists. Educating kids is key to the long-term success and tried to cheer him up. No one in the church was the least surprised.
safety of bicycling. Teaching an old dog a new habit is much harder Connie was involved with the Campfire Girls, Boy Scouts, Little
than training a pup the right way from the beginning. League, PTA (as president), churches, and her block club. She
Although LMB is a statewide organization, it is impossible for served 12 years as Detroit Parks Commissioner. She taught aero-
our staff to ‘touch’ everything ‘bicycle’ in Michigan directly. Our
bics, weightlifting and bike repair. For a time, she worked at Mike
philosophy is to provide the tools and resources for individuals, shops,
Walden’s Continental Bike Shop. She and Vern once rode from
clubs and organizations across the state to improve cycling back home.
Spartanburg, SC to Asheville, NC, ascending 6,650-foot Mount
To that end, we are currently developing both an Advocacy and an
Mitchell. She designed and sewed active wear. She swam, ran,
Education Tool Kit. These will be web-based resources you can use
skied and roller-skated.
to improve cycling and cyclists’ safety locally.
She and Vern raised two wonderful children, and enjoyed grand-
The theme of this year’s Michigan Bicycle Summit, March 27,
children and a great-grandchild. To get a better picture of her life,
2010 is “Providing Tools for a Brighter Bicycling Future in Michigan.”
read Cassandra Spratling’s beautiful remembrance in the Detroit
We are delighted to welcome Andy Clarke, Executive Director of the
League of American Bicyclists, as our keynote speaker. The Sum- Free Press at: http://bit.ly/879jNz. (Cassandra and her brother
mit is meant for individual bicyclists like you, who want to improve Reggie are among many people Connie and Vern brought into the
cycling in our state. I hope you will join us. cycling fold. She rode 2500 miles last year!) Patricia Anstett also
On May 26, 2010, all Michigan bicyclists will unite at the Sixth wrote great article on the Honeys and their lives and lifestyle about
Annual Lucinda Means Advocacy Day. This year, members and sup- eight years ago, sadly no longer in the online Free Press archive.
porters of LMB, the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and the We, Michigan’s Cycling Community, are diminished by Connie’s
Michigan Mountain Biking Association will join together to lobby passing. Every one of us blessed to have met her and Vern on a ride
our state legislators on behalf of all cyclists. has glimpsed how great our loss is. Many privileged to have known
My new year’s wish is that, though we all come from different them, worked with them, and benefited from their kindness and
cycling backgrounds, we all come together in a united front to promote encouragement feel it all the more. Cyclists who never knew Con-
bicycling and the safety of bicyclists in Michigan. nie or Vern owe these “ordinary” people more than they can realize.
Remember, every day you ride your bike is a great day! As Robert Frost once wrote, “The question he asks, in all but
words, 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. Connie
and Vern would still say, “We can do this.”

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Michigan Going Bike Friendly
Grand Rapids Gets Award, of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association, as well as the League
of Michigan Bicyclists.
Cyclists Get Advocate “Our goal is to represent and advocate for bicyclists and bicycle
By BARBARA SCHMID, LMB Region 8 Representative organizations about matters related to safe and accessible bicycling,”
said GGRBC Chairman Kevin McCurren. “It’s our desire to develop
Great news for Grand Rapids – on two fronts!
policies and laws that will help cyclists feel safer on area roadways and
The League of American Bicyclists announced on October 20 that
develop programs that encourage cycling.”
Grand Rapids had earned a Bronze designation in its Bicycle Friendly
The GGRBC was formed by a handful of people who organized the
Community (BFC) program.
inaugural Grand Rapids Bicycle Summit, held on April 24, and who
Why is that a big deal? Because it confirms that the people of Grand
filed the BFC application. The group has been meeting monthly for the
Rapids are committed to improving the city’s cycling infrastructure,
past year and is making great progress with its organizational structure
riding opportunities, programs and facilities. A Bronze designation
We will keep you updated about our progress as we complete the
shows that we believe in the health, recreational and environmental
coalition’s website, pursue funding sources and develop our long- and
benefits of cycling.
short-term cycling initiatives and programs.
Grand Rapids is one of only three cities in Michigan to earn a BFC
award. Ann Arbor has a Silver designation and Traverse City also has
a Bronze. Platinum is the highest level attainable.
The BFC application process was a long and involved. It included
Traverse City’s Bike Friendly
questions involving engineering, education, encouragement, enforce- Award and Smart Commute
ment and evaluation/planning. Reviewers of Grand Rapids’ application
were impressed with the city’s 255 miles of shared-use paths, its 207
Success Go Hand in Hand
miles of Kent County roads with paved four-foot shoulders, its growing By MISSY LUYK, Trail Program Specialist, TART Trails
bike culture, and a commitment by city officials to improve cycling In May, the League of American Bicyclists named Traverse City a
in Grand Rapids. Bronze-level 2009 “Bicycle Friendly Community.” The award recog-
That leads us to the second bit of good news: Grand Rapids now nizes Traverse City’s commitment to improving bicycling conditions
has its own advocacy group! and its focused investments in bicycling programs and facilities.
Cyclists needed a voice in this community. The Greater Grand Judges were particularly impressed with Traverse City’s trail
Rapids Bicycle Coalition (GGRBC) plans to be that voice – for com- system, cycling events, bike-advocacy groups, Cherry Capital
muter cyclists, roadies and mountain bikers. Cycling Club, Boardman Lake Trail Bridge, miles of bike lanes,
The GGRBC board, which reflects all those user groups, is moving TART-in-Town bike routes, Safe Routes to School program, Traverse
forward with a strategic plan to improve cycling conditions and oppor- Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails’ annual Smart
tunities in the Grand Rapids metro area. The group has the support of Commute Week (which encourages bicycling as transportation, not
both local cycling clubs, the Rapid Wheelmen and the Western Chapter just recreation and exercise), and commitment to improving cycling
facilities.
Fittingly, TART Trails’ Smart Commute Week in June was its
most successful ever. Here are the numbers:

• 1470 commuters, a 48% increase, attended the free breakfasts.


• 650 Commuter Cup Team members on 64 different teams
averaged 26% smart trips.
• Participants ‘smart’ commuted over 60,000 miles, and prevented
emissions of over 50,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.
• In May and June, 1333 riders took BATA on “Try Tran-
sit Day” and 15% more residents signed up for the
www.NMRide.net web site’s ride-share database.
Kevin McCurren (left), Chair of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, • 25 people attended a bike-safety training course.
presents Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell with a traffic sign and
framed certificate during a press conference, October 21, 2009. Grand
Rapids was awarded a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community designation TART hopes people will continue to ‘think smart’ and incorporate
by the League of American Bicyclists. Photo by Barbara Schmid smart commuting into their daily lives year-round. “Many people are

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LMB 2010 Michigan
2010 Michigan Bike Summit to feature
National Cycling
Bicycle Summit Advocates

Keynote Speaker Andy Clarke Andy Clarke, Executive Director of the
Executive Director, League of American Bicyclists League of American Bicyclists, will keynote
LMB’s 2010 Michigan Bicycle Summit, and
Chris Phelan, founder of the Ride of Silence,
will be a special guest. Come meet and greet
these two nationally known bicycle advocates. 
At the Summit, LMB also will present its 2010
Awards for Bicycle Advocate, Bicycle Educator,
Distinguished Service and Volunteer of the Year. 
The Summit will run from 9:00 am to around
4:00 pm at Peckham Industries, next to the
Lansing airport. Secure indoor bike parking
will be available. An optional 20-mile post-
“Providing tools for a brighter Summit bike ride will wrap up the day’s events. 
The theme of the this year’s Summit is
bicycling future in Michigan” “Providing tools for a brighter bicycling future in
Michigan.” During the day, Summit participants
can choose among 12 different workshops,

March 27 - Lansing, MI covering such topics as: Complete Streets; The


Ride of Silence; Bikeability Assessments; Bike
Shops’ Role in Advocacy; Making Your Tour
Accessible to All; and Bicycling and the Law. 
The Registration Fee of $40 per person
includes all materials, lunch and snacks. For
a complete listing of Summit workshops,
information about presenters, and
on-line registration, visit our web site at 
www.LMB.org www.LMB.org.

starting to think twice about getting in the car, and the event definitely and encouraging their use. TART Trails include a network of trail
showcased locally available transportation options,” said Luyk. “We systems located in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties, including
are looking forward to growing Smart Commute Week and working the Boardman Lake Trail, Leelanau Trail, TART Trail, Three Mile
with the City to raise our Bike Friendly Community status to Silver, Trail, and Vasa Pathway. These trails combine to form over 55 miles
Gold or Platinum levels. We’re not done yet!” of recreation and transportation pathways from Suttons Bay to Acme
To learn more about the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Township. An estimated 200,000 people use the trails annually, while
Friendly Community awards, visit www.bicyclefriendlyamerica.org. preserving valuable community green space. TART is working to
For more on Smart Commute Week, visit www.smartcommutetc.org integrate these trails into the community by advocating intercon-
Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails, Inc. nected bike lanes, bike routes and sidewalks, and to connect them
is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, formed in 1998 and located in with a developing regional trails system. For more information about
Traverse City. TART works to enrich the Traverse area by providing TART Trails, visit www.traversetrails.org
an interconnected network of trails, bikeways and pedestrian ways

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Dollar per Rider Program
As you browse our annual safety of bicyclists on the roadways in Michigan.
Ride Calendar, you will see 6,539 riders participated in these 22 events, resulting in a combined
several identified as “Dollar donation of $6,539 to the League of Michigan Bicyclists. We want to
per Rider” rides. You may thank the following rides and their sponsors for being 2009 “Dollar per
have wondered, “What does Rider” donors to the League of Michigan Bicyclists:
that mean?”
Put simply, “Dollar per Rider” participating groups have • Assenmacher 100 — Genesee Wanderers Bicycle Club
agreed to donate $1 to the League of Michigan Bicyclists • Avita Water Black Bear Bicycle Tour — Grayling Rotary Club
for every rider in these events, to help us carry out our • Blue Water Ramble — Clinton River Riders Bicycle Club
mission of promoting bicycling and increasing the safety • Cass River Habitat Ride for Home — Cass River Habitat for
of bicyclists on the roadways in Michigan. These generous Humanity
donations help LMB work on statewide issues that affect • Cereal City Century — Battle Creek Bicycle Club
every bicyclist every day. • Clinton River Trail Fall Classic Ride — Friends of the Clinton
LMB represents bicyclists at the state capitol, with River Trail
MDOT, with Safe Routes To School and with other govern- • Colorburst — Grand Rapids Wheelmen
mental bodies. We help write legislation and react to legis- • Ford Human Powered Speed Challenge — Michigan Human
lation that may endanger bicyclists. We develop education Powered Vehicle Assn.
tools for bicyclists (such as the “What Every Michigan • Lupus Loops Bike Ride & Pancake Breakfast — Lupus Alli-
Bicyclist Must Know” booklet) for personal use and for ance of America, MI/IN Affiliate
improving the bicycling environment in their communities. • Metro Grand Spring Tour — Downriver Cycling Club
The reality of the world today is that it takes money • Michigan Tour da Pink — Tour da Pink Team Michigan
to keep on top of issues and to provide these education • Middle of the Mitten Century — Tri-City Cyclists
tools. Our income is derived from four major sources. Our • Muskegon Oceana Scenic Tour (MOST) — West Michigan
primary source is the proceeds from the four major tours Coast Riders
we run annually. (We also receive funds from membership • MSU Farm Daze Tour — MSU Triathlon Club
and contracts with the state.) Contributions are our second • PALM — Pedal Across Lower Michigan
largest source of funding. These funds come from both • Peach of a Ride — Slow Spokes Bicycle Club
individuals and the “Dollar per Rider” program. • Pumpkinvine Bike Ride — Friends of the Pumpkinvine Trail
We believe the “Dollar per Rider” program is an easy • Ride Around Torch (RAT) — Cherry Capital Cycling Club
way for thousands of riders each year to support a state- • Rural Pearl of a Ride — Oxford-Addison Youth Assistance
wide organization whose sole purpose is simply to improve • TCBA Northwest Tour — Tri County Bicycling Association
the quality of their riding experience. • Tour de Livingston — Howell Rotary Club
We encourage every one of you to ask your club’s or • Tour Di Lago — Friends Promoting Port Austin
organization’s leaders to make their events “Dollar per
Rider” sponsors, to help LMB promote bicycling and the

2010 Ride Calendars Now Available


A complete listing of 2010 “Dollar Per Rider” Events can be found in the Michigan Ride Calendar.
The Ride Calendar was mailed to all LMB members in mid January. If you did not yet receive
yours, please consider joining to have one mailed to you. You can join using the form on the
inside back cover or through our website at: www.LMB.org. And please don’t forget that a
great way to support LMB is by riding as many “Dollar Per Rider” events as you can in 2010.

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2009 LMB Donors
Generous contributions from these LMB supporters in 2009 have made it possible for the League of Michigan Bicyclists to
continue our advocacy and education programs. These people share our goal of promoting bicycling and increasing the safety of
bicyclists on the roadways in Michigan. Their contributions ensure that the voices of bicyclists are heard in Michigan. Donated
dollars go directly to education and advocacy, and do not go towards “overhead” costs.

Yellow Jersey Level Green Jersey Level MSU Triathlon Club Edward Hessler
David Muir Gordon Jackson
($500 and up) ($50 - $124) Jon Muth Anne Johnson
Daniel Nolan Mark Johnson
Cherry Capital Cycling Club Doug Arenberg
Richard Oberle Ron King
Clinton River Riders Bicycle Club Lyndon Babcock
Logan and Stephanie Oney Randall Kopf
Downriver Cycling Club Abe and Rosalie Bangma
Jamie Pallay Sharon Korpal
Genesee Wanderers Bicycle Club John Billette
Leo Paveglio Leonard Lapacz
Adam Gordon Henry Bryan
Bill Potere Walter Lehman
Rich and Kristy Moeller N. Carmody
Leonard Provencher Georgia Makens
PALM Jim Carpenter
Mark Redman Matthew McGough
Steven Roach Doug Carvell
Tom Regan Terry McLeod
Kevin and Marian Davidson
John Roby Clifford Miller
Julie Dean
Rainbow Jersey Level Josh DeBruyn
Ricky Rodriguez Rose Nowak
MC Rothhorn Richard Paielli
($250 - $499) Carl Dewald
Nellie Simmons Doreen Palmer
Frank Eaman
Grayling Rotary Club Michael TerAvest John Pierce
Mike Egan
Howell Rotary Club Lou Therrien Murray James Pyle
Suzanne Fischer
Thomas Morris Tour de Pink Team Michigan Doug Queener
Friends Promoting Port Austin
Slow Spokes Bicycle Club Tri-County Bicycle Association Barb Schmid
Mary Garthe
Herman Ulloa Ross Schueller
Paul Gauthier
David Vannette Martin Shubitowski
Polka Dot Jersey Level June Grabemeyer
James Wallace Betty Smith
George Grazul
($249 - $125) Philip Wells John Stoner
Sue Green
Vincent & Antoinette Winkler Michael Unsworth
Donald Grignani
Debbie Bacal Prins Larry Wilson
Judy Gruner
Battle Creek Bicycle Club Ron Zeeb John Wood
Joyce Halstead
Frank and Judy Beltman Rob Zeldenrust Jessica Yorko
Robert Herbst
David Boyce John Zalewski
Melanie Hwalek
Todd and Brenda Brooks Ron Zeeb
Arthur Bull
Arnie and Betty Johnson White Jersey Level
Carl Jones
Albert Cattell ($1 - $49)
Paul Lamoureux
Wendell and Marcia Dilling
Jane & Dante Lanzetta
Friends of the Clinton River Trail Linda Ackerman
Richard Lapinski
Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Barbara Appledorn
Jon Levin
Trail, Inc. Whitney Becke
John Lindenmayer & Sarah Schillio
Patrick Harrington Cynthia Behe
Victor Lukasavitz
David Kepler Jack Berghoef
Mary Lou Mahood
Shirley Xiao Tao Lai-Saylor Dave Card
Georgia Makens
Lupus Alliance of America, MI/ T J Cook - Gaccione
Daniel Massee
IN Affiliate Maryann Daddow
Sharon McPhail
Robert Madsen Carl Dewald
Michigan Human Powered
Oxford Addison Youth Assistance Craig Frizzell
Vehicle Assoc.
Bud & Gail Preston Carl Gildner
Bonnie Michalak
Dennis Prost Terrilee Gillanders
MI Bicycle Racing Association
William Sherwood Gary Gillow
Cliff and Rhonda Miller
William and Marcia Smith Dennis Gingiloski
Robert Moore
Margaret Ward Valerie Grix
Mickey Morris
West Michigan Coast Riders Richard Harder
Michael Mowett
Robert Herbst

Donors are listed as of January 1, 2010. LMB is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your contributions are fully tax deductible.

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World Bicycle Records Ford. Over 50 cyclists from six countries (the US, Canada, Mexico,
France, Slovenia and the Netherlands) and over 100 volunteers took

Set at Ford Track


part in the competition.
These bicycles can average faster speeds for one hour than the fast-
est top speeds (40 to 45 mph) most top-notch bicycles can reach in a
Written by: MICHAEL MOWETT
sprint. For instance, Sam Whittingham, a 37-year-old former member
Illustration by: C. MICHAEL LEWIS
of the Canadian National team, averaged over 56 mph for one hour.
Photos by: COLLEEN DALGLIESH
Barbara Buatois, a 31-year-old amateur racer from France, averaged
What would you think if you were going along over 52 mph for one
I-75 and saw from your window a bicycle being hour. Both are amaz-
pedaled at 56 mph? This wasn’t its top speed (nearly ing athletes, but their
83 mph), just its average cruising speed. A three-day machines helped make
event, called the Ford Human Powered Speed Chal- these speeds possible.
lenge, brought the fastest human-powered vehicles Nearly anything
and cyclists in the world to Michigan this past July. goes in these com-
The competition was held on the five-mile oval petitions, as long as
test track within the Michigan Proving Grounds, it’s human-powered.
owned and operated by the Ford Motor Company For instance, the Ford
in Romeo, Michigan. Challenge featured
Twelve world records
were set during the week-
end, some more than once.
More world records were
set here in Michigan than
at any other similar event
in history. (See results
next page) The event,
hosted by the International
Human Powered Vehicle
Association (IHPVA),
was organized by Michael Top: Greg Westlake of Canada listens to music with the top off his world-record-setting, arm-powered streamlined
tricycle. Left: John Morciglio of Waterford, Michigan, on his homebuilt carbon fiber recumbent. He has started a
Mowett, an IHPVA mem- business selling these. Right: Barbara Buatois of France awaits the beginning of a world record run with the top off
ber and test engineer for her streamlined recumbent.

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two-wheeled, three-wheeled, tandem, World Records set at the Ford Human Powered Speed Challenge
and arm-powered designs. Several
vehicles had no windshields and riders
Romeo, MI, July 17-19, 2009
used only battery-powered cameras to Cycling Time Miles Average Rider’s Rider’s
navigate. Getting rid of the windshield Record Hr:Min:Sec Ridden Speed Name Nationality
and lying flat on your back reduces air One Hour Distance - 1:00:00 56.3 56.3 mph Sam Canada
drag. The previous one-hour record Man Whittingham

holder, Damjan Zabovnik from Slovenia, One Hour Distance - 1:00:00 52.2 52.2 mph Barbara France
Woman Buatois
was circling the track pedaling back-
One Hour Distance - 1:00:00 20.8 20.8 mph Greg Canada
wards using a mirror to see forward. He Arm Powered Westlake
had the highest speed of the weekend, 66 100 KM Time - 1:07:02 62.1 54.2 mph Sam Canada
mph over 200 meters, the fastest anyone’s Man Whittingham

ever cycled unaided at low altitude. 100 KM Time - 1:12:15 62.1 50.3 mph Barbara France
Woman Buatois
Racers competed in a time-trial
100 Mile Time - 2:33:29 100.0 39.1 mph Hans Netherlands
format, racing one at a time without the Man Wessels
benefit of drafting, tailwinds, motors 100 Mile Time - 2:48:45 100.0 35.6 mph Ellen Netherlands
etc. The track was recently rebuilt and Woman van Vugt

repaved with asphalt. It is flat all around Six Hour Distance -


Man
6:00:00 233.3 38.9 mph Hans
Wessels
Netherlands

with banked curves. The new track


Six Hour Distance - 6:00:00 187.0 31.1 mph Ellen Netherlands
helped contribute to the record speeds. Woman van Vugt
For some cyclists, pedaling 100 miles,
a century, might be a relaxing all-day
event. Some packs of racers at the Avita Blackbear 100, from Gray- with an interest and the patience to create these works of arts.
ling to Oscoda, have finished in under four hours. At that event, Dave Greg Westlake, a 23-year-old Canadian Paralympic champion,
Johnson from Olivet has pedaled a streamlined recumbent bicycle to used arm power to go a world-record 20.8 miles around the track in
a course record of three hours, 38 minutes. Johnson was one of the one hour. He uses prosthetic legs to walk when he’s not cycling. His
competitors at the Ford Speed Challenge. Rick Wianecki, an engineer three-wheeled vehicle was built by Mike Sova and Ivan Samila from
from Okemos, built two streamlined recumbents raced at the competi- Toronto. He later set a world record top speed of 43.7 mph over 200
tion, including Johnson’s. Hans Wessels from the Netherlands set a meters, faster than most Olympic cyclists on a velodrome.
new 100-mile world record of two hours, 33 minutes, representing an So just how fast can these vehicles go? Two months after the event,
average speed of over 39 mph. at another competition hosted by the IHPVA in Battle Mountain,
Even more amazing, Wessels kept going, stopping only once, keeping Nevada, Whittingham went 82.8 mph and Buatois 75.4 mph over 200
up his nearly 39-mph speed to travel a record 233 miles in the six-hour meters on a flat five-mile stretch of closed-off desert highway. These
category. Not far behind him, Ellen van Vugt, also of the Netherlands speeds were possible because Nevada’s elevation is higher and its air
was setting three women’s world records in the 100-kilometer, 100-mile drier than Romeo’s.
and six-hour events, averaging over 31 mph for six hours. Human-powered vehicle racing is a little known niche in bicycle
Across the state, recumbents have grown in popularity. Riders racing. It has been featured a few times on the Discovery Channel.
receive a speed benefit from the smaller frontal area and reduced wind There are no gimmicks; no drafting or pacing is allowed, nothing but
resistance. Recumbents also diminish neck and back problems associ- human energy. There are few sponsorships for riders. Each competitor
ated with road-racing bikes. Members of the IHPVA have gone to the is driven only to set a world or personal-best record. Amateur athletes,
extreme with carbon fiber shells designed with nearly 1/10th the drag former Olympic cyclists and college students all compete at these races.
of an ordinary bicycle. Some of the vehicles can weigh in at as much as In 1914, aerodynamic shells were banned from International Cycling
60 lbs, hefty by most bicycle standards, but a great deal faster. Gearing Union (UCI) bicycle racing. The recumbent design was banned in
systems can consist of standard bike parts, but rearranged to double or 1934 because its inherently faster design was allowing amateurs to
triple the gear ratios to produce high gears. Most of the components are beat professionals. The modern-day human-powered movement was
borrowed from existing bike tech. The frames and shells are unique, started in 1974 by a college professor who challenged his students to
hand-built by college engineering students, artists, and nearly anyone See World Records, cont. on page 14

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Answers to Questions from Our Readers:
By SARAH W. COLEGROVE & TODD E. BRIGGS
We recently received two emails road. It may seem dangerous to move toward the middle of the street,
asking about various Michigan laws but the left edge of the lane is the best position for a left turn because
as they relate to bicyclists. Phil W. you don’t have to look back while turning. You can concentrate on
inquired, “When is it acceptable to the traffic from the left, right and front.
ride two abreast?” Thomas B. had a If you are turning left from a left-turn-only lane, ride on its right
query about the bicyclist’s right of way side or in its center, depending on the width of the lane and the amount
in intersections. Our responses to both questions: of traffic. Don’t let left turning cars behind you pass you on the right.
You may have to cross more than one lane to reach the left-turn-only
Riding Two Abreast – When is it Appropriate? lane. Cross one lane at a time, and always look back to convey your
According to Michigan law, bicyclists may ride two abreast. Specifi- intention to drivers for safety.
cally, Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 257.660b states, “Two or more As a practical tip, if it is rush hour or the roads are congested, it is
individuals operating bicycles upon a highway or street shall not ride acceptable to turn up onto a sidewalk and make the “left turn” as a
more than 2 abreast except upon a path or portion of the highway or pedestrian or a bicyclist using the sidewalk. Just cross according to
street set aside for the use of bicycles.” While it is allowable to ride the signals and, after you have reached the far side of the road, safely
two abreast, that right is limited by subsequent MCL 257.676b, which move out into the street and become a roadway bicyclist again.
states that a person “shall not block, obstruct, impede, or otherwise Left-turn signal – The left-turn signal for a bicyclist is to extend the
interfere with the normal flow” of vehicular traffic upon a street or left arm and hand horizontally (no bend in the elbow). Use the turn
highway. So, if a bicyclist is blocking or impeding traffic, he or she signal early and deliberately.
may be cited for a civil infraction. If it is rush hour, it may be wise Straight Through an Intersection. Going straight through an
(and safer) to ride single file or choose a different, less-traveled, route. intersection is fairly easy. You have the right of way. Be sure, how-
ever, to stay out of a right-turn-only lane. If the lane is marked for
Intersection Law – Who has the Right of Way? both through traffic and right turns, ride near the lane’s left side until
you get through the intersection. Make sure right turn traffic passes
Right Turns. As most Michigan bicyclists know, a bicyclist riding
you on the right.
upon the road has the same rights and obligations as a motor-vehicle
Sidewalk Rules. Rules for the operation of a bicycle either on a
driver. The most significant difference between the Michigan laws that
sidewalk or in a pedestrian crosswalk are found in MCL 257.660c.
govern vehicles and those for bikes is that bicyclists must ride as far to
The statute states that a bicyclist riding on a sidewalk or in a pedes-
the right of the roadway as practicable. At stop signs and traffic lights,
trian crosswalk has all of the rights and responsibilities applicable
the same rules apply to vehicle drivers and bicyclists. Bicyclists must
to a pedestrian using that sidewalk or crosswalk. It also states that a
yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. MCL 257.612 (1)(d) states that
bicyclist on a sidewalk or in a pedestrian crosswalk shall yield the right
vehicular traffic, including bicyclists, “shall yield the right-of-way to
of way to pedestrians. Bicyclists are also required to “give an audible
pedestrians and bicyclists lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and
signal before overtaking and passing a pedestrian.” An “on-your-left”
to other traffic lawfully using the intersection.”
is always appreciated and appropriate. The statute also states that a
Right-turn signal – Bicyclists, like automobile drivers, must use
person shall not operate a bicycle on a sidewalk or pedestrian crosswalk
turn signals to alert others on the road that they are turning. Bicyclists
if that operation is “prohibited by an official traffic control device.”
must ride in the right-hand lane and, in order to initiate a right turn,
Some local municipalities have their own rules. An East Lansing
the bicyclist should use the appropriate hand signal. In Michigan, the
right turn signal for bicyclists is to extend the left arm horizontally and See Q & A, cont. on next page
bent ninety degrees at the elbow with the left hand extended upward. Sarah W. Colegrove and Todd E. Briggs are lawyers in private practice. In addition to help-
(MCL 257.648(2). ing athletes injured in bicycle and sports-related accidents, they concentrate in the areas of
civil litigation, including personal injury, real estate, probate and corporate law. Todd and
Left Turns. Left turns are more difficult and dangerous. When Sarah are competitive cyclists, triathletes and adventure racers. Each has competed in many
state and national running, biking and triathlon competitions, including the Hawaii Ironman
making a left turn, bicyclists must yield to motor-vehicle traffic from where Todd has gone sub-10 hours. You can read past articles from Sarah and Todd on our
web site at: www.LMB.org/pages/Resources/Legal_Info.htm. You can contact them at:
the left, right and straight ahead. You must also yield to pedestrians,
bicyclists and anyone lawfully using the crosswalk. Briggs Colegrove, P.C.
660 Woodward Ave., Suite 1523
On an ordinary two-lane street, turn left from the left-hand edge of Detroit, MI 48226 Have a suggestion for a bicycle-related
(313) 964-2077
the lane (allowing cars to pass you on the right if necessary). Always Fax: (313) 961-2345
legal topic for an upcoming Michigan
briggscolegrove@aol.com Bicyclist Magazine? Send suggestions
listen and look behind you before riding away from the right edge of the to: john@LMB.org

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Keep the winter months rolling as if the spring were just around the corner!
By SCOTT BENJAMIN, PT, DScPT
“How sublime to look your lower spine, the muscle in your mid-back, bike trainer or rocking back and forth outside.
down on the workhouse of and even your shoulder muscles. The “sling” Work these muscles after you ride or work out
nature, to see her clouds, forms a crossing pattern from top to bottom, on a machine.
hail, snow, rain, thunder,
e.g., from the upper right to the lower left.
all fabricated at our feet!”
Transversus and Pelvic-floor Muscles: The Exercise Amounts:
— Thomas Jefferson
transversus is one of the largest stabilizing
Muscle Name Reps Weights Time
muscles in the body; along with the pelvic-
Now that winter is here, we are probably Multifidus 30 1-5# 15-30 sec
floor muscles, it keeps the pelvis and hips
all thinking either about how to stay warm or
in place. The transversus is situated in the Transversus NA 15-30 sec
about going to a warm place. We also may Pelvic Floor
anterior of the spine; it wraps around to the
be thinking about biking, where to do it, and Hip Muscles 30 1-5# 30-60 sec
back of the trunk and attaches to the deep
what to do to keep in shape during the winter
tissues. This muscle can be envisioned as a
months. Winter is not the time to eat a lot of The multifidus (sling system) exercises
‘corset’ muscle, which draws a person’s belly
food and gain 10 pounds while waiting for can be measured by time or by number of
to his or her back.
spring. We need to work in winter to keep repetitions. I would suggest you alternate the
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that
our bodies strong, and work out hard so that reps and time methods for the hips and the
also help keep the pelvic joints from shifting
we don’t waste the spring getting ready for slings system. You can work the transversus
around. If you have ever needed to go to
summer. But, we may be asking ourselves, throughout the day, both when you are sitting
the bathroom while driving, but “held it in,”
what exercises should we do in the winter? and standing. The rule for weights is to work
you did so by contracting your pelvic-floor
As we have mentioned before, your toward 5% of your body weight, whatever
muscles. You may find this funny, but if you
legs are powered by your spinal nerves. that may be; but work slowly and do not push
simultaneously contract your pelvic floor and
This gives you the ability to work out more too fast or you will find the muscle will not
your transversus slowly and with control, you
intensely and get ready for biking season. If become stronger, but decrease in function, or
can give yourself some pelvic stability. This
your job requires a lot of sitting and you find even ‘shut down.’
is a very good exercise while driving, working
your low back, or even your gluteal region, is
or just standing. Contract the transversus by
aching, you need to think about what exercises
pulling your belly button in toward your back Final Comments:
will keep you in shape. Keep working out three to four days a
and “hold it in” with the pelvic-floor technique
to give yourself what we call “pelvic floor week, so that when spring rolls around you are
Back Muscles: not struggling to get out on the road in good
stability.”
In this edition, we focus on the multifidus condition. Keep active, work on aerobics at
muscles, the deep stabilizers of the lower back. least four days a week, and stay active. Enjoy
Hip Muscles:
The multifidus are the most medial muscles the winter and strive daily for success for your
Your hips are important to your winter
that support the spine and help side flexion and body, just as you do in your life and, come
stability activities. You need to focus on the
back extension. This muscle system is critical spring, you can raise your output and goals for
gluteal muscles, as well as the hip rotators.
to the stability of your spine. To work it easily the coming year. If you have questions, please
(See www.LMB.org) The gluteal muscles
during the winter, you can perform what is contact me at DiscPT@gmail.com.
will help you with walking and, believe it or
called a “sling” pattern. (See www.LMB.org
not, with pelvic control when you are on the
for more details) This will work the muscles in

Q & A, cont. from previous page

ordinance prohibits bicyclists on sidewalks from biking faster than the sidewalk with the goal “to keep pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers
walking speed. Michigan State University has an ordinance that bans safe by separating them.” The key is to be aware of local laws and
bicycle operation on all sidewalks (fortunately many bike paths exist) ordinances.
and an ordinance that requires bicyclists to walk their bikes across As always, feel free to email us at briggscolegrove@aol.com with
pedestrian crosswalks. MSU considers the crosswalk an extension of your questions and comments. Enjoy the season and ride safely!

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2009 LMB Tour Report
Our 2009 season benefited from some wonderful bicycling
weather. The cooler than normal summer temperatures provided
riders with a comfortable environment to enjoy
Michigan’s beautiful scenery. The economy
reduced enrollment early in the year but, as the
summer wore on, bicyclists realized they really
needed a good bicycling vacation.

Pedal and Paddle Tour, Montague


Our first tour this year was the first weekend in
June. We had beautiful weather both days,
with a shower overnight. A total of 61 riders
headed out on Saturday morning to explore
the Hart-Montague Trail and enjoy an ice
cream break at the Country Dairy. They
returned in the early afternoon to board
buses to take them upriver to canoe and
kayak down the White River. Sunday they
explored the coastline between North Muske-
gon and Montague, before heading home.

Sunrise Adventure Tour, Rogers City


Clockwise from top left:
The third weekend in June is the traditional gathering time Pedal and Paddle participants canoe down
for bicyclists to explore the Sunrise Coast. This year, 129 riders the White River through Manistee National Forest • MUP riders
in front of Point Iroquois Lighthouse at the entrance to the St.
explored the Lake Huron coastline, the Wooden Boat Show in Mary’s River and Soo Locks entrance. • Shoreline West riders
pedal into Traverse City • Sunrise Adventure Tour Director
Presque Isle, Black Mountain, Ocqueoc Falls, Metz, Posen and Anne Belanger greets riders after a day of cycling the sun-kissed
Rogers City itself. Once again, Rogers City rolled out the red shores of Lake Huron.

carpet for our riders.


A highlight this year was a special showing of “November berry. As is customary, we had light drizzle for most of that day.
Requiem,” a documentary about the sinking of the SS Carl D. This didn’t stop riders from enjoying the trip and sights. During
Bradley, directed by our Tour Director, Anne Belanger. Two- our stop in Newberry, riders participated in a contest to name our
thirds of the Bradley’s crew was from Rogers City and the ship- mascot, the MUP moose. The name chosen was Myles. From
wreck had a tremendous impact on the community. Newberry we returned to St. Ignace.

MUP (Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) Tour, St. Ignace 23rd Annual Shoreline West Bicycle Tour,
Montague to Mackinaw City
The third week in July saw 129 riders converge on St. Ignace
for the start of the MUP Tour. Many riders took advantage of Sat- In early August, 417 riders took part in the 23rd edition of the
urday or Sunday before the ride to explore Mackinac Island. MUP Shoreline West Bicycle Tour. This year’s tour included a layover
riders began their loop of the Eastern UP by heading to De Tour day in Traverse City so riders could explore the area. An early
Village/Drummond Island. From there, we headed north to Sault morning rainstorm forced the evacuation of riders to the school
Ste. Marie. At the Soo we had a layover day to give riders time to in Ludington. Fortunately, the only ill effect was minor dam-
enjoy all Sault Ste. Marie has to offer. (There was also an optional age to a couple of tents. Temperatures in the high 60s and low
ride that day. After a short ferry ride, riders got to explore Sugar 70s curtailed swimming in Lake Michigan, but were perfect for
Island.) riding and sightseeing. As we hugged the coastline, from Mon-
From the Soo, we headed to Paradise. The next day took us tague to Ludington to Frankfort to Traverse City to Charlevoix to
to Whitefish Point and Tahquamenon Falls on the way to New- Harbor Springs and finally Mackinaw City, riders enjoyed many
See Shoreline Report, cont. on next page

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Bicycle Advocates
Join Forces for
2010 Lucinda Means
Bicycle Advocacy Day
The League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Trails and Bicyclists May 26, 2010
Greenways Alliance and Michigan Mountain Biking Associa- Unite Lansing, MI
tion are pleased to announce they are joining forces for the
2010 Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day. A traditional
bike parade to the State Capitol will kick off the event, which
will take place on the Capitol’s north lawn on Wednesday, May
26, 2010, starting at 9 a.m.
In recent years, each organization has held its own lobby-
ing day, but this year it is particularly important for us to join
forces to push for a new policy for nonmotorized transporta-
tion. All three groups will be asking legislators to support
laws and policies to make Michigan bicycle-friendly.
One resolution, on Complete Streets, is already on the
Legislature’s agenda. All bicyclists, on- and off-road, need Join LMB, MMBA and MTGA in advocating for better
safe routes to their destinations, everywhere in Michigan. road, trail and mountain bicycling in Michigan.
Many other states already have mandated Complete Streets, www.LMB.org
and LMB, MTGA, and MMBA all believe it is overdue in
Michigan. As soon as our coalition of supporters agrees on
the language of a bill, we will lobby for its passage. user bills to increase penalties for striking or killing a bicyclist.
In addition to Complete Streets, Advocacy Day participants LMB will also continue to advocate for a ban on “texting” while
will ask their representatives in Lansing to support a number driving.
of other initiatives to protect all Michigan bicyclists. LMB will Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.
continue to focus on legislation to incorporate bicycle-safety Details on the agenda and how to register will be posted at
education within drivers education, and on our vulnerable www.LMB.org/advocacyday.htm

Left L to R: Thomas Harpstead, Lenny Provencher, Melissa Weipert, Legislative Assistant to Representative Mark Meadows (D-East Lansing),
LMB Region 6 Representative Rory Neuner, Shaun Roark, Robert Lovell, Tim Potter and Shawn Livermore at the 2009 Lucinda Means Bicycle
Advocacy Day. Right: Advocacy Day attendees on the Capitol steps. Photos by Kirt D. Livernois

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LMB Advocacy Update
Radio Station Boycott Advocacy & Education Toolkits
Greater Media, owners of Detroit FM station WCSX, have We are just starting work on LMB’s on-line Advocacy Toolkit.
cancelled the Deminski and Doyle Show. This past summer, An on-line Education Toolkit is also planned. These toolkits will
LMB urged cyclists to boycott the DJs and station for their deplor- debut at the 2010 Michigan Bicycle Summit on March 27th, 2010.
able hate speech against bicyclists. Thank you, everyone who LMB’s Advocacy and Education Committees offered a number
participated in this successful campaign. (http://bit.ly/8cQre4) of great suggestions for both toolkits. Please consider joining one
of these LMB Committees. To volunteer, or if you have additional
Motorcycle partnership toolkit-content suggestions, please email john@LMB.org.
LMB is pleased to announce a new partnership with ABATE
(American Bikers Aiming Toward Education). ABATE asked LMB
to add motorcycles to our bill, currently before the State Legislature, Shoreline Report, cont. from previous page
to add bicycle-safety education to Michigan’s Drivers Ed curriculum. picture-perfect scenes, as well as many enjoyable things to
Motorists treat two-wheelers very similarly, whether human-powered do. Highlights along the way included the Cherry Market,
or motorized. We are currently working with sponsors to amend our “watermelon” hill, the dune climb, Cherry Republic, Old
bill. ABATE is well represented in Lansing, so we hope our coopera- Mission Peninsula, Torch Lake, the Ironton Ferry and the
tive effort will help make this bill law in 2010. Tunnel of Trees. Each day, riders were encouraged to share
their photos, which were shown as a slideshow at dinner.
Complete Streets You can see the best of them online at our website. After
Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan (HKHM), a broad group of 23 years, we decided we needed a mascot, so riders chose
advocates including LMB, is working to reduce childhood obesity in the cherry. 2010 riders will name the mascot and choose an
Michigan by improving “active infrastructure” transportation options appropriate logo.
like walking and cycling.
Last month, Representative Jon Switalski (25th District) introduced 25th Shoreline West Anniversary
House Resolution (HR) 187 supporting this concept. HKHM and In 2011, Shoreline West will celebrate its 25th year of
Rep. Switalski hope his resolution will demonstrate the benefits of exploring the Lake Michigan coastline. The first tour went
active infrastructure to lawmakers and citizens. from Three Oaks to Traverse City, where it ended with a
House Transportation Committee Chair Pam Byrnes (52nd Dis- bicycle parade into the downtown. Over the years, the tour
trict) introduced the same language as House Concurrent Resolution has changed its route, but has stayed true to its mission:
(HCR 034), the “Complete Streets Resolution.” If the House passes providing riders with an opportunity to explore the Lake
this resolution, it will also be introduced in the Senate. Passage there Michigan coastline by bicycle.
would put both bodies on record as supporting Complete Streets. Plans for celebrating 25 years are currently under way.
These resolutions are extremely important first steps. Please contact There will be three options for the 25th Tour. One will
your Legislator today to urge him or her to support both resolutions. (See retrace the route of the first tour, from New Buffalo to
the resolution and list of co-sponsors at www.MICompleteStreets.org). Traverse City. The second will be a three-day ride from
LMB is still working closely with Rep. Switalski to draft legislation Traverse City to Mackinaw City, and include Mackinac
to give Complete Streets in Michigan legal “teeth.” We will keep Island. The third will combine the first two, allowing riders
you informed of our progress. to cycle the entire Lake Michigan shoreline from one end of
the mitten to its tip. Dates will be August 6th to 16th. Mark
2010 Advocacy Day
your calendars now and watch for more details.
This year, the League, the Michigan Mountain Bike Association,
and the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance will unite to host
Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day on Wednesday, May 26th.
During our Lansing visits, cyclists from all three organizations will
lobby their representatives for a unified bicycling legislative agenda.
Please save the date and tell all your cycling friends to do the same,
as we come together at the Capitol to improve cycling for everyone.
(See page 12 for more details.)

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World Records, cont. from page 8 Annual Memberships q  New q  Renewal
build a faster bicycle. The IHPVA was started the next year and q  Individual/Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25
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volunteers, some of the faster vehicles could not even get started.
Crew members tape the two halves of the aerodynamic shell closed City State Zip
around the rider. Then the rider is supported at the starting line
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Pedal and Paddle MUP (Michigan’s Upper Peninsula)


June 5 – 6 Variable Distances (10-50 miles per day) July 17 – 24 334 Miles
Montague, MI - Saturday morning, cycle 10-50 peaceful miles primarily on the St. Ignace, MI - The MUP Tour will explore the eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula.
Hart-Montague Trail; return that afternoon to canoe or kayak on the White River. We begin and end at St. Ignace; our mid-tour layover day in Sault Ste. Marie will
Sunday morning, bike another 20-45 miles past beautiful inland lakes and Lake give you plenty of time to discover its treasures. From St. Ignace, you (and your
Michigan shores. bike) can also ferry over to experience the magic of Mackinac Island.

Sunrise Adventure 24th Shoreline West


June 18 - 20 Variable Distances (40-60 miles per day) August 7 - 14 384 Miles
Rogers City, MI - A three-day bicycle adventure showcasing the pristine natural Montague, MI - Experience the Lake Michigan Shoreline for seven glorious days
beauty of northeast Michigan along the sun-kissed shores of Lake Huron. Each day of riding (three-day option also available). There is so much to see and do that you
will feature a different loop tour from Rogers City. Don’t miss Presque Isle Wooden won’t be able to do it all. From swimming in the lake, to the cherry lady, to the
Boat Show, Ocqueoc Falls, Black Mountain and 40-Mile Point Lighthouse. sand dunes, to the sights and sounds of Traverse City, through the Tunnel of Trees,
Anne Harrigan

and finishing with a spectacular view of the Mackinac Bridge. Come join us for our
24th year of exploring the coastline of Lake Michigan.
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