In This Issue:
• LMB Annual Report • Michigan Bicycle Summit • Complete Streets Corner • Michigan Road Diets • And More

March 2011

Wheels in Motion
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 is published three times a year as part of the League’s continuing efforts to inform Michigan bicyclists.

Michigan Bicyclist

Editor, Art & Design: JOHN LINDENMAYER Letters/Comments/Advertisements may be directed to: john@LMB.org Visit our web site for contact information, advertising rates and much more. www.LMB.org Copyright © 2011

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LMB Directors
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By  JIM CARPENTER, LMB Board Chair Over the last couple of years I have run into a lot of people who want to tell me how things should be. To the ones who complain about local issues, I ask: “When was the last time you went to a council meeting?” Some people tell me how the state should be run. I ask: “When was the last time you called or wrote to your representative?” Others have said what they think should happen with biking. So I ask: “Do you belong to a biking club? Do you attend any of their meetings about related events?” There are two types of people: Those who get involved and those who say, “Let me know when the work is done.” Which one are you? Hopefully, if you are reading this you are a LMB member who also belongs to a local cycling club. If you don’t belong to either, ask yourself why not? Then ask whether simply being a member means you are actually involved. Let’s think about that. If 200 cyclists attend the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day, will cycling get more attention than if only 100 people show up? You bet it will! Numbers count. When your representative sees 20 people from their district all talking about a single issue, it really gets their attention. So I will ask again: Are you involved? If you would like to learn more about how you can make a difference, please consider being an active participant in the Michigan Bicycle Summit, March 25-26 (see page 7), Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day, May 25 (see back cover) and the Winning Campaigns Training, August 26-28 (see page 8). Or, you can simply sit there and be someone who says, “Tell me when the work is done.”

2011 Ride Calendar Now Available
The 2011 Michigan Ride Calendar was mailed to all LMB members in late February. Thank you to Steven Valenziano for creating the original art for this year’s cover. If you are a current member and did not receive your copy, please contact the LMB office. If you are not a member and are interested in receiving a copy, please use the membership form on the inside back cover or go to www.LMB.org/membership.htm.

LMB Tours

ANNE BELANGER, Tour Director - Sunrise Adventure JIM DOUGHERTY, Ride Leader - Shoreline West MARY DOUGHERTY, Ride Leader - Shoreline West


Detroit to Muskegon Bicycle Route
LMB's Detroit to Muskegon Bicycle Route is complete and is now available as a free download at www.LMB.org/maps.html. The route goes from Detroit to Ann Arbor to Lansing to Grand Rapids to Muskegon, where you can catch the ferry to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A huge thanks goes out to the 20+ LMB members that helped pull this route together: Jim Allen, Douglas Arenberg, Keith Browne, Jo Doll-Carr, Rob Duncan, Bill Danly, Kevin Davidson, Dave Duffield, Ralph and Janet Emmons, Dennis Francisco, Steven Frederick, Chris Frey, Peter Janick, Richard Klecka, Greg Kreski, John Lemke, Chuck Lewis, Charlene McNary, Judy Novak, Mike Peacock, Howard Ring, Luanne St. Peter, Barb Schmid, Todd Scott, Dick Williams and James Woodruff.

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

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League of Michigan Bicyclists



2010 LMB Annual Report
In 2010 we had a 2% decrease in the number of paid members. Our membership renewal rate was 59% for the year. Membership Totals   (individual members)      Individual Members Lifetime Members Shop Members Organization Members Club Members Total Members: 2010 1069 104 31 41 34 1,279 2009 1095 104 35 41 35 1310 2008 1077 102 31 40 33 1283 riders, raising $6,470 for the above projects. Our year-end Annual Appeal had 128 donors contribute $10,007, which was the most this campaign has ever raised. We want to thank all who supported our efforts in 2010 through their donations.


LMB annually conducts bicycle tours to support our mission. The purpose of these tours is to: • • • Showcase the tourism opportunities in Michigan by bicycle; Demonstrate that bicyclists can be responsible road users; and Provide funding for the over-all operation of LMB. PnP 84 61 103 71 5 42.5 87% Sunrise 84 129 162 82 7 54.6 89% MUP 152 129 126 78 13 54.6 45% West 382 417 445 87 6 53.1 45% Totals 702 736 836 80 8 51.2 55%


2010 was a good year financially for LMB. In spite of the sluggish economy we were able to end the year with a surplus in cash, which offset our shortfall in 2009. Financial Trends (in 000’s) End of Year  Tours Administration  &  Cash Balance Net Program Net 2006 $165 $80 -$93 2007 $189 $108 -$84 2008 $194 $88 -$83 2009 $181 $92 -$105 2010 $191 $105 -$95* *2010 is unaudited A copy of the 2009 Audit is available online at www.LMB.org. Year

Total Riders 2010 2009 2008 Oldest Youngest Average Age MI % of Riders


To ensure that LMB continues to provide bicycle education and to advocate for bicycling we receive contributions from our supporters. In 2010 we identified the following projects as needs for contributed dollars: • • • Support for our efforts to pass the Complete Streets legislation; Support of the Lucinda Means Advocacy Day and our advocacy work; and Development of the Youth Version of the What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know booklets.

We want to thank our Tour Volunteer Leaders for their outstanding efforts: Anne Belanger (Rogers City), Sunrise Adventure, Jim and Mary Dougherty (Lansing) Shoreline West and Fred Dore (Commerce) MUP. They were joined by 40 other volunteers. A special thank you to all of these wonderful folks who make our tours a wonderful experience for all.


Our two major fund raising efforts are the $1-Per-Rider program and our year end Annual Appeal. 21 rides took part in the $1-PerRider program. These rides had a combined rider ship of 6,470

We provide many different resources to bicyclists in Michigan and those coming to vacation in our state. Through our website, emails, social media, and telephone calls we provide a valuable service to bicyclists seeking information from where to ride to what the laws are in Michigan. We answered in excess of 6,500 inquiries in 2010. In addition we work with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to distribute the “new” bicycle suitability maps for the 12 regions in Michigan. Last year we distributed 547 maps.

We also work with MDOT to distribute bicycling tourism packets to folks interested in finding out more about bicycling in Michigan. In 2010 we mailed out 1,854 Tourism Packets. This was the most we have ever sent out. The Detroit to Lansing to Grand Rapids to Muskegon bicycle route field tested in 2010 and it was released on January 1, 2011. A special thank you t the 20+ LMB members who assisted in this project (see page 1). ADVOCACY 2010 was a great year for LMB on May 26, 2010 Bicyclists the advocacy front. Lansing, MI Unite In May, LMB hosted the 5th Annual Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day, our first joint Advocacy Day effort in collaboration with the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliwww.LMB.org ance and Michigan Mountain Biking Association. Over 80 bicyclists came to the State Capitol to advocate for our bicycle advocacy agenda and to demonstrate that bicyclists can effectively lobby for safer cycling conditions in Michigan. In August Michigan became the 14th state to adopt Complete Streets legislation, ensuring that bicyclists are incorporated into the design of all future state road projects. The new law also established a statewide Complete Streets Advisory Council, which LMB is excited to serve on. To ensure that Complete Streets became a reality in Michigan, LMB built up the Michigan Complete Streets Coalition in 2010 to over 100 diverse partners, from bike shops and clubs; to environmental, health and disability rights groups. The Coalition demonstrated to the Michigan legislators that there is broad public support for roadways designed to move people, not just automobiles. LMB supported the adoption of numerous local Complete Streets policies in 2010 as well. LMB also lobbied in favor of making texting while driving a primary offence in Michigan. In April, with LMB in attendance, Michigan became the 24th state to ban texting while driving as Governor Granholm signed the law live on the Oprah Winfrey Show at Detroit’s Renaissance Center.
Join LMB, MMBA and MTGA in advocating for better road, trail and mountain bicycling in Michigan.

In October, LMB’s driver’s education reform and vulnerable user bills passed out of the House, but unfortantely were not taken up by the Senate during last year’s lame duck session. While these bills did not reach the Governor’s desk last year, we did get them passed out of Committee and off the House floor, which is the furthest they have been in the legislative process during the past few years. In late 2010, LMB also began an encouraging dialog with the Michigan Department of Transportation regarding how to make rumble strips safer for bicyclists. We made numerous recommendations to the Department. MDOT is also now actively collecting data on where popular bicycle routes are located around the state. LMB also solicited members to comment on MDOT’s State Rail Plan. LMB helped point out that many Amtrak lines around the country offer roll on bike service allowing travelers to bring their bicycle along on a journey, but that none of the Amtrak trains servicing Michigan cities currently allow bicycles on board, unless you disassemble it first and put it in a box. EDUCATION The What Every Bicyclist Must Know booklet went through its 3rd reprinting after undergoing a complete revision in early 2009. We distributed 30,000 copies in 2010 to bike shops, individuals and other groups requesting them. The Youth Version of the “What” booklet was started in 2009. The content has been completed. We hired an illustrator to begin illustrating the booklet and he began his work in 2010. We anticipate having it completed by the spring of 2011. The 3rd Annual Michigan Bicycle Summit was hosted by our friends at Peckham, Inc. in Lansing. Andy Clarke, Executive Director for League of American Bicyclists, was our keynote speaker and Chris Phelan, founder of the Ride of Silence, was a special guest at the event. We had 108 registered participants. Highlights of the Summit included the introduction of LMB’s Advocacy and Education Toolkits and Friday night’s panel discussion consisting of Andy Clarke, Chris Phelan and Rich Moeller. They each fielded questions from the audience and gave their own candid viewpoints of the subjects. See ANNUAL REPORT, continued on page 12



Pedal & Paddle

MUP (Michigan Upper Peninsula)

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Oct. 7 - 9

Shoreline West
6/4 - 6/5 Saturday - Sunday

Sunrise Adventure
7/16 - 7/23 Saturday - Saturday

Start: Montague Distance: 10 -50 miles per day (family rates) The Pedal and Paddle Tour combines bicycling with canoeing/kayaking on the peaceful White River for an early season adventure. This tour is an ideal experience for families. Saturday morning, bicycle on the HartMontague Trail and in the afternoon canoe or kayak through Manistee National Forest. On Sunday ride the Lake Michigan shore on beautiful Scenic Drive.
8/6 - 8/15 Saturday - Monday





Start: St. Ignace Distance: 334 miles The MUP Tour will explore the eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula (From Mackinac Island to Drummond Island to the Soo to Paradise to Whitefish Point Lighthouse to Tahquemenon Falls). We begin and end at St. Ignace. Our mid-tour layover day in Sault Ste. Marie will give you plenty of time to discover its treasures. From St. Ignace, you (and your bike) can also ferry over to experience the magic of Mackinac Island. You will ride past three of the Great Lakes.
10/7 - 10/9 Friday - Sunday

Start: New Buffalo to Mackinaw City Distance: 500 miles For our 25th year we will start where it all began - in New Buffalo. Riders will have the option to do the entire lower peninsula Shoreline of Lake Michigan, all 500 miles to the mighty Mackinac Bridge. Shorter options include 6 days to Traverse City and 3 days from Traverse City to Mackinaw City. There is so much to experience on this ride: view historic lighthouses, pristine orchards, world famous cherries, wineries, farms, swim at sugar sand beaches, climb the dunes, grab a fresh lunch and picnic along the route in “Michigan’s playground” and ride through the Tunnel of Trees. The terrain is never mundane as it varies from flats, rolling hills, and many challenging climbs.


Start: Rogers City Distance: 40 & 60 mile daily options (family rates) NEW fall dates! The 2011 Sunrise Adventure will give riders a chance to experience the fall colors of the Lake Huron coastline at their peak. Normal temperatures at this time are perfect for great fall riding. The average high in the Rogers City area for this period is 60 and the average low is 40. There is a unique maritime culture and natural beauty in northeast Michigan. Bordered by Lake Huron, this region is abundant in state and national forest lands. Known as the “Sunrise Shore”, it is likely you will be greeted each day with magnificent sunrises over Lake Huron and spectacular fall colors. 4

The Right Of Way In Crosswalks And Mandatory Use Of Bike Paths
By SARAH W. COLEGROVE & TODD E. BRIGGS During the past year, numerous readers have posed the following question to us: “Who has the right of way when crossing a street?” This is a good question, the answer to which will either help you better understand the rules of the road and hopefully avoid an accident or help you preserve your rights if you are involved in an accident. So, what are the rules of the road with regard to crosswalks? As a general rule and assuming traffic signals are being obeyed, pedestrians using the crosswalk have the right of way over all motor vehicles. Cyclists riding their bicycle or walking a bicycle in a crosswalk also have the right of way over all motor vehicles and bicyclists riding in the street. A recent trial court decision is instructive and demonstrates how your rights can be abrogated if you fail to follow the rules of the road. On November 20, 2008 around 6:45 a.m., a pedestrian was crossing a street in a crosswalk. A city bus was turning right on the green light and violently struck a pedestrian crossing the street. The pedestrian suffered severe injuries including broken legs, arms, wrists and facial bones, a liver hematoma and a mild closedhead injury. The Defendant bus driver alleged that the pedestrian was not in the crosswalk at the time of the incident, but was instead crossing in the middle of the street, thus negating the pedestrian’s right of way. At the time of the collision, there was steam emanating from a manhole that obscured the bus driver’s view of the crosswalk. Fortunately for the pedestrian, there was an eyewitness that testified that the pedestrian was in the crosswalk at the time she was struck. As a result, the pedestrian prevailed in the court action, because the court found that the pedestrian had the right of way. Moral of the story: If you are a pedestrian or riding your bike on the sidewalk, use the crosswalk when crossing the street. You have the right of way and your rights under the law will be preserved. If you are a bicyclist or motor vehicle driver, yield the right of way to the pedestrian or bicyclist crossing in the crosswalk.



Every few weeks during the summertime, we are posed questions as to the authority and basis for a police officer’s request to a cyclist demanding that he or she cycle on a bike path instead of the road. In

one instance, we received a query from a cyclist that received a citation in Grosse Ile for failing to use an indicated bike path. In this cyclist’s case, there was a local ordinance in place that required cyclists to use a designated bike path for cycling instead of the road. Since we receive so many questions about this topic, we thought it would be helpful to shed some light on the subject. First, it is important to distinguish between a “bike path” and a “bike lane.” According to the Michigan Department of State Police, Uniform Traffic Code for Cities, Townships and Villages, a bike path means a portion of a street or highway that is separated from the roadway by an open, unpaved space or by a barrier and it has been established for the use of persons riding bicycles. A bike lane means a portion of a street or highway that is adjacent to the roadway and that is established for the use of persons riding bicycles. As we know, Michigan state law provides, in pertinent part, that “each person riding a bicycle upon a roadway has all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.” (See MCL Section 257.657) Clearly, bicyclists have the right to cycle on the road, but can that right be limited by local ordinance? Section 42.16 of the Michigan Compiled Laws empowers cities, townships or villages to enact their own local ordinances regarding use of streets, alleys, bridges and public spaces, including the space above and beneath them. The statute states that such public places are “deemed a matter of local concern.” Any local ordinance that concerns the operation of motor vehicles on any road, street or highway first must be approved by the commissioner of the Michigan State Police. This power to enact local ordinances is limited however by another provision of the law that states that a local law cannot be enacted that conflicts with state law or provides for a lesser penalty than provided by state law. See MCL 257.605(1). Therefore, in theory, pursuant to the authority granted by MCL 42.16, a local authority would be empowered to enact an ordinance that affects use of the street, as long as the ordinance did not conflict with a specific state statute. With regard to a local ordinance requiring mandatory use of bike paths by bicyclists, there is not a specific provision in the motor vehicle code that empowers local authorities to enact such an ordinance. A prior version of the law did grant local authorities such a power, but due to recent changes to the law, all references to bicyclists were deleted. See MCL 257.660(3) in which local authorities are granted the power to enact a provision that requires a person operating an electric personal assistive mobility device (NOT a bicycle) to operate on a usable and designated See Bike Paths, continued on page 14



Keep the focus on the springtime and prepare now when it is cold and snowy outside
By SCOTT BENJAMIN, PT, DScPT & DR. ROY BECHTEL Kind of a catchy title for an article but we are all excited for spring if you are a biker and want to ride. Of course many of us can ride in the winter with the correct gear and the correct biking equipment. As a spinal therapist, I focus a lot on how the spine works and what will make it work better and most of all, how can you get it stronger. This edition will give you the exercises to do now, so that you can be ready for the April thaw and May excitement when riding is just around the corner. bent over for long periods, a good thing to do is to practice this activity. not exceed 45 to 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 4-5 days a week. I am a fan of the polar monitor system since it provides me with my heart rate, average heart rate and what my calories are. It also tells me if I am working too hard, so you may consider picking one up. They can range from $60 to $129 so there is a nice range. The bottom line is keep your heart in shape so you will be ready for your spring rides. Keeping hydrated is essential. If you are not a fan of water, you might try sqeezing in some lemon or some lime to make it taste better. But what kind is just as important as drinking it. I am an advocate of alkaline water which helpd you hydrate better and helps with soreness after exercise. Drinking alkaline water also helps you detoxify your body, helps your kidneys and even helps your liver. The expert in this area is Dr. Don Colbert from Florida and if you look him up online you can see the differences in alkaline water machines and home usage.

Hip Muscles:

The hip muscles are very important to pelvic control and supporting the lower spine. This activity needs to be performed twice a week, every week, and even during the spring time when biking season is upon us. The hip muscles will also help to keep the lower pelvis joints in place.

Lumbar spine muscles:

So why do we workout?

Coming from an old hockey player, this is a weird question to ask, but one may ask; if I ride, why do I need to do any extra exercise? You can think about it in this light; if you do not preload or workout the muscle, you will never know what you can accomplish or how hard you can push yourself. The overall effect is being prepared. Training during the winter to be ready by spring time is a good idea that will keep your body in shape as well as your mind. We are not all going to train as hard as Lance did or even work to get as fast as Mark Cavendish, but we can keep our legs, hips, and trunk in shape.

These muscles are very important during riding as well as in your daily life. The strength of these muscles is imperative. These muscles must be worked on four days a week, every week. In the exercise packet on the website, you will see pictures on your belly and in the quadruped position. This is all to be performed to keep the strength of your lumbar spine strong and supportive during daily life and recreational activities.



Where to begin:

The organization of this editions exercise packet (found on www.LMB.org) will begin with strength work on the deep muscles of your belly. Remember when working on this activity you can do so in sitting, standing or in the quadruped position. When you are riding or

This is performed after you workout, not before. A 15-20 second hold is a good place to begin with. You should keep this up throughout the biking season. After you ride, stretch when you are done to keep the tissues from getting too tight during the workout and biking season.

Final Comments:

How much aerobic conditioning do you need when you start and during training season?

This answer varies but I would begin with 10-15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise (elliptical, bike, treadmill, arm bike, etc.) and progress up to 30 minutes. If you enjoy this type of activity, then work even further but do

• Workout 4-5 days a week for aerobic conditioning • Workout 2 days a week on your hip muscles • Workout 4 days a week on your lumbar spine muscles • Workout on a continual basis for your belly muscles • Stretch out after your exercises and after biking and not before. • Water up….drink your alkaline water As always, workout hard and get ready for a long and happy biking season.

2011 $1 Per Rider Events
LMB salutes this year’s $1-Per-Rider Events. $1 from every rider is donated to LMB’s efforts to make Michigan a safe bicycling state. We encourage you to support our supporters by participating in the following 2011 events:






A Friendly Michigan is a ________ Michigan
Livable Attractive Accessible Prosperous Safe Strong Healthy Sustainable

Adventure Cycling’s Jim Sayer to Keynote Michigan Bicycle Summit
Jim is Executive Director of Adventure Cycling Association, based in Missoula and the largest bicycling non-profit in the U.S. with more than 44,000 members. Adventure Cycling’s mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fitness, fun and selfdiscovery. Jim has directed other nonprofits involved in community development and transportation, including the Sierra Business Council, a unique business leadership group working for a “triple bottom line” of economic, social and environmental prosperity in the Sierra Nevada mountain region. He also served as senior legislative assistant to Senator Tim Wirth and senior staff for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration. Jim was drawn to Adventure Cycling because of his major enthusiasm for cycling and self-propelled transportation. Jim serves on the board of America Bikes , is a founding member of the Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula.

Define your Bicycle-Friendly Michigan at the:

Michigan Bicycle Summit
March 26, 2011 - Lansing, MI

Jim Sayer - Adventure Cycling Assoc. Gregory Johnson - MDOT 15 Workshops www.LMB.org
  Planning for the 2011 Michigan Bicycle Summit  is well underway. The theme of this year's summit is  "A bicycle friendly Michigan is a _______ Michigan."  We are encouraging bicyclists to fill in the "blank"  with  what  a  bicycle  friendly  state  means  to  you.    Please add your thoughts to the comments section  on our website.   Jim  Sayer,  Executive  Director  of  Adventure  Cycling Association will be our keynote speaker on  Saturday, May 26th. Saturday’s sessions will offer  15 workshops in addition to our lunch and keynote  speaker. Workshop topics include: US Bike Route  System, bicycle safety education, Michigan bicycle  coops, bicycle parking innovations and best practices, thinking beyond the bike lane, information  on how to organize a local bike summit, funding  for bicycle facilities, three Complete Streets training  modules, and more.   Registration for Saturday is $45 for individuals  and $75 for exhibitors. To see workshop descriptions and to register, please visit www.LMB.org.

Fr i d ay, M a r c h 2 5 t h Aw a r d Reception & Panel Discussion

The Friday night before the Bicycle Summit will once again feature our Annual Awards Reception. Gregory Johnson, Chief Operations Officer of MDOT will be our featured speaker, followed by a panel discussion with Jim Sayer (Adventure Cycling), Gregory Johnson (MDOT), Nancy Krupiarz (Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance) and Rich Moeller (LMB). Our panelist will participate in a lively discussion of some of today’s hot bicycling issues. Each panelist will bring a different perspective to the issues. It promises to be a fun night for all. Friday evening’s reception is free and will be from  7:00 - 9:00 pm at REO Art Alley ,1133 South Washington  Ave. Lansing, MI 48910.

Winning Campaigns Trainings
The only professional campaign training for leaders of bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations.

Your next victory starts here!
The Alliance’s Winning Campaigns Training is a boot camp for bicycle & pedestrian advocacy organizations. This action-oriented workshop gives novice and veteran advocates the tools to create and manage powerful campaigns to increase biking and walking in their communities. Our proven curriculum is led by longtime advocates and national experts with first-hand experience conducting — and winning — bicycle and pedestrian campaigns. During each three-day training, participants learn how to:
• • • • • • Focus on a specific, winnable campaign for their community Identify and map the key decisionmakers Craft a persuasive message to rally members and policy makers Use media outlets to communicate to a broad audience Become an effective fundraiser Create a detailed Campaign Blueprint that ensures success and builds toward even greater victories!

The Winning Campaigns Training is more than a class. It’s a fun, interactive experience that fosters collaboration among advocates and results in a roadmap with next steps and strategies specific to your Winning Campaign. Take advantage of this vital, affordable training this fall in Michigan!

August 26-28, 2011
Sponsored by:

Lansing, Michigan Winning Campaigns Training Hosted by: League of Michigan Bicyclists
Friday, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“This is an outstanding training... beneficial for the novice as well as the seasoned staffer. It is also very conducive to establishing great relationships and an awesome peer network. Thanks Alliance!” – Nancy Tibbett, Bicycle Indiana “This was one of the most effective seminars I have ever attended - the entire group of trainers left us energized, with a clear direction for success. This training ROCKS!” – Toni Ferrell, BikeWalkLee

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Michigan Boasts Most Complete Streets Policies in the Nation
Michigan communities are leaders in planning for a 21st Century transportation network. The Michigan Complete Streets Coalition (MCSC) and Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan (HKHM) partners are pleased to report that Michigan leads the nation with 29 communities adopting local complete streets policies. The National Complete Streets Coalition confirmed that out of all 50 states, Michigan has the highest number of local complete streets resolutions and ordinances adopted. California had the second highest number of local policies, with a total of 14. “It is very encouraging to see so many Michigan communities embrace complete streets. Michigan should be extremely proud that we are on the frontline of a new era in transportation policy that encourages walkable and bikeable communities, said John Lindenmayer, Associate Director of the League of Michigan Bicyclists and Cofounder of the Michigan Complete Streets Coalition. “Complete streets are good for the environment, good for the economy, and they promote public safety while also encouraging healthier lifestyles.” Adopting and implementing a complete streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consider community context and consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users of all ages and abilities in mind, including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, pedestrians, and motorists. Through complete streets policies, Michigan locals are asking their planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable and welcoming to everyone. Lauren Holaly, Active Living Coordinator at the Crim Fitness Foundation said that she is seeing a shift in how local complete streets advocates are working with planners, engineers and decision-makers. “Increasingly, community advocates are vocalizing that investment in complete streets can offer long-term cost savings and result in a variety of community benefits. The great thing is that local decisionmakers and municipal officials are listening. This signifies that they are thinking more innovatively about how to transform a community and revitalize Michigan.” An abundance of newly adopted complete streets resolutions and ordinances comes on the heels of the August, 2010 passage of PA 134 and 135 which made Michigan the 14th state in the nation to adopt statewide complete streets legislation. PA 134 requires the Michigan Department of Transportation to adopt a complete streets policy and work with locals to provide complete streets technical assistance, while PA 135 requires complete streets principles be included in local master plans. The work in these Michigan communities mirrors efforts across the country to adopt complete streets policies. In total, over 200 complete streets policies have been adopted across the country since the movement began in 2003. Michigan complete streets successes are due to a multi-year, collaborative effort with partners from the MCSC, the HKHM Coalition, and strong support from the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Michigan Department of Community Health. MCSC (www.micompletestreets.org) was co-founded in 2008 by the League of Michigan Bicyclists, AARP of Michigan, and the Michigan Environmental Council, and is comprised of more than 100 diverse member partners, business, and community groups. HKHM (www.healthykidshealthymich.com) is a coalition of more than 110 organizations that are working to reduce childhood obesity through strategic policy initiatives.

To date and our knowledge, 29 Michigan communities have passed Complete Streets policies (resolutions or ordinances), the most in the nation. If the population of all of those communities is added up, over 2,225,444 residents, or 22% of the state’s population, live under local Complete Streets policies that seek to provide its residents with transportation choices, more opportunities for physical activity, and a vibrant community. Links to the following policies can be found at: www.michigancompletestreets.org

Michigan Ordinances
Lansing Saline Ferndale Village of Dexter Taylor Houghton

Michigan Resolutions
Flint City of Jackson Jackson County Jackson Metropolitan Planning Org. Novi Midland Sault Ste. Marie Ingham County Road   Commission Manistique Berkley  Genesee County Parks &   Recreation Commission  Hamtramck Linden Village of Mackinaw City St. Ignace City of Allegan Atlas Township Clawson Village of Oxford Escanaba Gibraltar Allen Park  Munising



Complete Streets Institute Trains 100+ Trainers
Complete Streets Training Modules
On January 28, the Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance launched the Complete Streets Institute. The Complete Streets Institute is a 5-module training series on Complete Streets spanning the basics of how to implementing projects. One hundred trainers, including bike, disabilities, and trail advocates, community officials, county health department staff, MSU Extension specialists, and transportation planners and engineers converged upon Lansing to receive a specialized, day-long training. Brad Strader of LSL Planning presented the introductory and influencing policy modules, while Nancy Krupiarz of Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance presented the stakeholder engagement module. The 100 trainers plan to take the information back to their constituents and jurisdictions. Several agencies and organizations will be launching Complete Streets Institute trainings across the state in the coming months. Stay tuned for dates and a location near you! For information about the Complete Streets Institute or trainers, please contact Holly Madill, MDCH Complete Streets Project Coordinator, at madillh@michigan.gov or (517) 335-8372. 1 - Overview of Complete Streets * This module defines Complete Streets and explains its importance, history, and benefits, as well as its relationship to other associated topics. 2 - Stakeholder Engagement * This module introduces the various stakeholders of Complete Streets, explains how to work through a coalition to effect policy and projects, and provides messaging and communication tools and tips. 3 - Influencing Policy * This module provides the tools needed to assess a community’s readiness for Complete Streets policies and the steps a community would take to implement them. In addition, the module defines and explains the policymaking processes and stakeholders, and Complete Streets laws. 4 - Complete Streets Planning and Regulations This module explains policy implementation tools such as planning processes, policies, and regulations. 5 - Complete Streets Applications and Design This module explains the design elements and various treatments/applications used to accomplish Complete Streets policy implementation (sidewalks, bike lanes, transit stops, road diets, etc.) through project design.
* To be presented at the Michigan Bicycle Summit on March 26th

Upcoming Complete Streets Training Opportunities
Michigan Citizen Planner is offering workshops on Complete Streets policy and practice across Michigan from March through May, 2011. The series was developed specifically for local elected and appointed officials, planning and zoning practitioners, health officials, walking and biking enthusiasts, local leaders and interested citizens. The training will cover: • Key components under the Complete Streets Acts that every elected and appointed officials should know; • An overview of Complete Streets concepts and practice; • Best practices and Michigan examples; • The 10 key principles to develop a local ordinance; • Tools and resources that can be used to implement Complete Streets in a community; and • Funding opportunities. The workshops will be held from 6pm – 9:30pm (unless otherwise noted) on the following dates at the following locations: Tuesday, March 8 (5:30pm – 9pm) Peter White Library, Marquette Thursday, March 17 BHK Child Development Board Building, Houghton Thursday, March 24 Lake Superior State University Walker Cisler Center, Sault Ste. Marie Thursday, March 31 Ann Arbor Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) Office, Ann Arbor Wednesday, April 13 Saginaw MSUE Office, Saginaw See TRAININGS, continued on page 11

Preliminary research on 4 to 3 lane conversions (road diets) points to Michigan being a leader!
Recent preliminary research from Paul Hamilton, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, and Dave Morena, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Division Office suggests that Michigan could be the national leader in road diets and having road diet supportive policies in place. Analysis of in-state existing and planned 4 to 3 lane conversions (road diets) yields some early and impressive results: • The Tri-County region (Clinton, Eaton, Ingham) has completed 15 miles of conversion from 4 to 3 lanes. An additional 18.5 miles of conversions are planned by 2035. The Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission has completed approximately 19.5 miles and released a 2009 Complete Streets technical report that depicts many more by 2035. The Michigan Department of Transportation has completed at least 45 miles of road diets on state trunklines around the state. TRAININGS, continued from page 10 Thursday, April 14 Traverse City Michigan Works, Traverse City Thursday, April 21 Grand Rapids MSUE Office, Grand Rapids Tuesday, April 26 (5:30pm – 9pm) West Wayne MSUE Office, Wayne Wednesday, April 27 Oakland County Planning Building, Pontiac Thursday, April 28 Mt. Pleasant MSUE Office, Mt. Pleasant Tuesday, May 3 Berrien County Extension Main Office, Benton Harbor Wednesday, May 4 Port Huron MSUE Office, Port Huron Thursday, May 12 MSU Erickson Hall Kiva, East Lansing Registration for the workshops is available online. Cost to attend each workshop is $55 ($45 for Master Citizen Planners (MCPs)). The fee includes refreshment and resource materials. Continuing Education Units (CEU) may be available for MCPs (0.3 CEUs have been submitted for approval). For questions about registration, please contact Jessica McFarland by email at mcfarland@ landpolicy.msu.edu or call (517) 432-0704. If you are unable to attend one of the workshops but are interested in hosting a workshop in your community, contact Michigan Citizen Planner at cplanner@msu.edu or (517) 432-7600. Learn more at: http://citizenplanner.msu.edu/completestreets.html. Michigan Citizen Planner is an MSU Extension program within the Land Policy Institute.

A four-lane undivided section of Capital Avenue (from Columbia to North Street) in Battle Creek to a two-lane section with a center two-way leftturn lane and bike lanes in each direction. Photos and graphic courtesty Martin R. Parker, Jr., PE, Principal - Wade Trim.

Hamilton and Morena have surveyed state DOT’s and regional transportation authorities across the country and found few places that compare to these numbers. Add in that Michigan has adopted Complete Streets laws and also has the highest number of local communities that have adopted Complete Streets policies, and one can quickly come to the conclusion that Michigan is becoming a progressive, national leader in active transportation. Both the MDOT and the FHWA Michigan Division office have stated that 4 to 3 lane conversions are operationally safe for roads with average daily traffic (ADT) or expected ADT of less than 15,000 vehicles per day, and both agencies are willing to explore conversions on roads with higher ADTs as well. To make it easier for communities to convert roadways from 4 to 3 lanes with traffic counts less than 15,000 vehicles per day, no further traffic studies are required to implement a conversion as long as they go through a robust and proactive public involvement process and meet other requirements of law, such as an air quality conformity analysis if they are deemed regionally significant. According to Morena, in Michigan, the conversion of a road from 4 to 3 lanes does not affect the amount of Act 51 funds the local agency will receive from the state. Distribution of these funds is based on centerline road mileage, which is not affected by the 4-to-3 lane conversion.

Bicycling Builds Two
Gene Butcher and Murray Gorchow are riding for their lives. Diagnosed with diabetes, both took up cycling as a way to change their lives. At the age of 34, Gene Butcher, a professional firefighter from Waterford, was diagnosed with type II diabetes He had to make critical changes to improve his life. As a part of a new regiment of better nutrition and exercise, he embraced cycling. In addition to changing his eating habits, Gene began cycling year round. Murray Gorchow of West Bloomfield and Rain or shine, sleet or snow, he Gene Butcher of Waterford serve as 2011 Ambassadors for the American Diabetes kept to his cycling routine. In Association (ADA). They will be riding just less than two years, he lost with a purpose when they join hundreds of cyclists as Red Rider participants in over one hundred pounds and the 2011 Rock Our Ride Tour de Cure fundraising bike ride. overcame his diabetes. Gene continues to ride twelve months a year and is an inspiration to those around him. He shares his story and love of cycling to encourage others to take charge of their own health. He knows that with perseverance and dedication, they too can overcome difficult life challenges. Taking responsibility for his own health, Gene rides on as a healthy father, husband and friend. Murray Gorchow, a 63 year old West Bloomfield attorney and workers compensation law appellate commissioner for the State of Michigan, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the young age of 16. He has survived the “ups and downs” of diabetes management for over 47 years and welcomes the changes in technology that have made his treatment more manageable. At the hub of his wellness program is a lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise. Murray refuses to let diabetes hold him back in his career. He lives life to the fullest with his children and grandchildren. Recreational bicycling is a major part of his exercise regiment and an activity that brings his family together. Both Gene and Murray serve to bring awareness to the struggles and conquests of diabetes as 2011 Ambassadors for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). They will be riding with a purpose when they join hundreds of cyclists as Red Rider participants in the 2011 Rock Our Ride Tour de Cure fundraising bike ride supporting the ADA. In its 20th year, the Tour de Cure will take place on June 11 in Brighton. For information on this year’s ride and how you can start your own team, visit www.diabetes.org/michigantourdecure or contact Anika Halladay at ahalladay@diabetes.org or call (248) 433-3830 ext. 6694. ANNUAL REPORT, continued from page 3 MICHIGAN RIDE CALENDAR LMB’s signature publication, our annual “Michigan Ride Calendar,” continues to be an essential resource for bicycle enthusiasts in Michigan and beyond. With support from MDOT, the League published and distributed 47,000 Ride Calendars, listing 150+ bicycling events in Michigan for 2010. The Ride Calendar is distributed across the state at MDOT Welcome Centers, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, all known bicycle clubs and shops, and at numerous bicycle-related events. Ride Calendars are distributed to all LMB members and to individuals requesting Michigan bicycling tourism information. The League also delivers copies of this publication to all Michigan legislators, who distribute them to constituents. SPECIAL EVENTS LMB assisted in two statewide special events, the annual Ride of Silence and the Bike to Work / Smart Commute activities in many communities across Michigan. With LMB’s promotional assistance these events continue to grow each year. COMMUNICATION We continue to publish the Michigan Bicyclist Magazine three times a year. To supplement this a Monthly Enews is sent to all LMB members. Region email groups are also being used to communicate more effectively with folks on regional issues. We also embraced Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and other social networking tools to communicate with bicyclists all over Michigan. We grew to over 2000 Facebook Fans and nearly 500 Twitter followers in 2010.

A special thank you to those individuals and groups who made donations in 2010! Thanks to their support we were able to work aggressively on several important pieces of legislation in 2010, including the passage of the Complete Streets bill. We also printed another 35,000 copies of the What Every Michigan Bicyclists Must Know booklet. In addition we hired an illustrator to begin illustrating the Youth version of the What booklet. A special thank you also to an additional 30 donors who chose not to have their names listed.

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Lora Loche Jay Lonsway Victor Lukasavitz Mary Lou Mahood Georgia Makens Fritz Marin Ronald Massie Michigan Pink Tour Clifford Miller Mickey Morris Motorless Motion, Inc. Rory Neuner Gary Poore Bud Preston Steve Radecki Tom Regan Rick Rodriguez Karen Schafer Barb Schmid Christine Shrewsbury Robert & Patricia Singley Joanne Steckling Robert Thayer Third Coast Cycling Herman Ulloa Marco Verzocchi Gary Walker Bill Whiteley Ron Zeeb

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($500 and up) Cherry Capital Cycling Club Clinton River Riders Bicycle Club Downriver Cycling Club Adam Gordon Rich and Kristy Moeller PALM Rapid Wheelmen Inc Steven Roach Three Oaks Spokes Inc

($50-$124) Jim Ashmore Marwan Abouljoud Paul Alman Doug Arenberg Gary Baun Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club Gail and Don Birckhead Robert Bochenek Jim Carpenter Douglas Carvell Rainbow Level Cass River Habitat for ($250-$499) Humanity-Vassar Debbie Bacal Peter Coles Genesee Wanderers Bicycle Club Kevin Davidson Grayling Rotary Club Greig Davis Peter Janick Josh DeBruyn Jon Muth Sue Dilsworth William and Marcia Smith Patricia Dobosenski Dave Duffield Polka Dot Level Karl Fava ($125-$249) Friends Promoting Port Austin Todd Brooks Hugh Garton Julie Cain - Derouin Julius Glinter Albert Cattell Karen and Karl Gotting Danto & Company Margaret Grabowski Wendell Dilling Friends of the Clinton River Trail George Grazul Judy Gruner Friends of the Kalamazoo Joyce Halstead River Trail & Kal Haven Trail Hands Extended Loving Friends of the Pumpkinvine People - HELP Nature Trail, Inc. Lisa Helm In Memory of Harold E. Ward Carl Jones Richard Lapinski Tim Killeen John C. and Mary Lindenmayer Rita Klavinski Dan Lonowski Ralph Krug MSU Triathlon Club Oxford Addison Youth Assistance Paul Lamoureux Dante Lanzetta Dennis Prost Walter Lehman Thomas Tisue Sarah Schillio and West Michigan Coast Riders John R. Lindenmayer

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White Level

($1-$49) Valerie Bass Syd Baxter Judith and Frank Beltman Don Bennett John Billette Bob Bruttell Susan Burke Diquisto James Burrows Richard Case Tracey Clark

Deborah Compeau Ron Cook Scott Edick Mike Egan John Fike Suzanne Fischer Ellen Fowler Chris Frey Ann Garvin Derek Gibbs Gary Gillow John Gorentz Sue Green Robert Greene Bill Guisinger Richard Harder Jason Harder Patrick Harrington Pat Hartsoe Robert Herbst Richard Hevelhorst Roger Hoffman Jams Holdman Calvin Hughes Jr Michael Hutmacher In Memory of David Nelson Gary James Orlo Johnson Clifford Johnson John Karpowicz Sandy Kimball Don Kirsch Karen Kligman Mary Kuczwara Steve Kuntzman Michael La Charite Michael Lorenger Sarah Luczak Gary Mac Gregor Edwin Micalizzi Bonnie Michalak George Moses

Dianne Munt David F. Naumes Howard Newkirk Tom Offer Karen Ottenweller Marleen Paul Dennis Pennington Hank Post Tim Potter Sharlene Priebe Petra Robbert R Stewart Robertson Karen Ross Bob Sailor Ramon Sanchez Rod Schaaf Julia Schnapp John Schultz Keith Shell Karen Smith Donald Stein Bob Stellini Maureen Sullivan Sustainable Keweenaw Resource Center David Swanson Michael Taylor Tri-City Cyclists Michael Unsworth Wendy Vadnais James Wallace Michael Wells Ken Westerman Linda Whiteaker Gary Wiegand O’Neil William Richard Williams Larry Wilson John Wood Mimi Zwolak

Thank You $1-Per-Rider Events!
Jeanne Clum of the Howell Rotary presents a check for their $1-Per-Rider contribution from the 2010 Tour de Livingston to LMB’s Executive Director Rich Moeller and Associate Director John Lindenmayer on January 24th. LMB sincerely appreciates the support of the 21 events who participated in our 2010 $1-Per-Rider Program, donating $1 to the LMB for every rider. We are extremely grateful to the participating rides for their generous contributions to our efforts to promote bicycling and increase the safety of bicyclists on the roadways in Michigan. A list of 2011 events participating in our $1-Per-Rider Program can be found at the bottom of page 6.


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Bike Path, continued from page 5 path for bicycles that is adjacent to a highway or street. As a result of this change to the law, it is the League of Michigan Bicyclists’ position that local authorities no longer have the authority to pass an ordinance that would require bicyclists to use a bike path that is adjacent to a street. By specifically NOT granting local authorities the power to enact such an ordinance, it is the LMB’s position that it was the intent of the legislature to prohibit or preclude local authorities from enacting such an ordinance. In fact, if you read the legislative history related to this provision in the motor vehicle code, it supports this conclusion. For a more thorough discussion of history of this statute, you can find the Legislative Analysis of Senate Bill 1224 (2006) at www.michiganlegislature.org. What do these laws mean to bicyclists? Should you ignore a local ordinance? To our knowledge, the validity of these local ordinances has not been challenged in court. Ethically, we cannot advise you to ignore the law. You, of course, may choose to do so, but keep in mind that you may be issued a ticket that could involve a fine, a court appearance and legal fees. From a practical standpoint, it is always our advice to use discretion and good judgment in your encounters with police officers. If you are requested by an officer to bicycle on a path instead of the road, we recommend stating your reasons for disagreeing with the request, note the officer’s name and badge number, comply with the officer’s request, and file a complaint with the local police station. You may also contact your council members and city attorney to discuss your concerns with the local ordinance. Another option is to get involved with your local government by running for city council, attending council meetings or volunteering for committees, so you can effectuate change. If you are wrongfully issued a citation, if your finances allow, you may decide to challenge the ticket’s validity. Chances are the local court will enforce the ordinance, but you can always appeal. Bottom Line: Know your local ordinances and comply with any posted signs. Use common sense. Avoid the aggravation and expense of an unnecessary ticket, so you can spend your time riding and enjoying our short Michigan summers. Feel free to email us at briggscolegrove@aol.com with your questions and comments. As always, ride safely!
© 2011. Todd E. Briggs and Sarah W. Colegrove. Todd and Sarah are lawyers in private practice. In addition to helping athletes injured in bicycle and sports-related accidents, they concentrate in the areas of civil litigation, including personal injury, commercial litigation, probate and estate planning law. Todd and Sarah are competitive cyclists, triathletes and adventure racers. Each has competed in many national and state running, biking and triathlon competitions, including the Hawaii Ironman. 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: Briggs Colegrove, P.C. 660 Woodward Ave., Suite 1523 Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 964-2077 briggscolegrove@aol.com

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