Lucinda Means Advocacy Day
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Lucinda Means Advocacy Day is a day for all cyclists across the state to join together with one voice to promote cyclists needs to their local legislators. All attendees will be scheduled to meet with their local Representative and Senator to talk about cycling needs across the state. The cost is $10 and includes lunch. The event is open to anyone interested in getting involved with representing cycling needs.
The day kicks off at MSU Bikes with a bike parade into downtown Lansing. The North lawn has been reserved and bike racks will be setup for the day on the steps of the Capital Building. Representatives from all three organizations and a lobbyist from Capital Services will be on hand to answer any questions.
The tentative schedule is:
8:30 a.m. – Bike rally leaves from MSU Bikes to State Capitol
9:15 a.m. – Opening session
10:15 a.m. – Meetings with Representatives and Senators
1:00 p.m. – Lunch on Capitol grounds
2:00 p.m. – Group photo on Capitol steps
2:30 p.m. – Lansing by bicycle tour
Two webinars will also be provided for interested participants. The first webinar will be on May 12 and will be geared toward first-time participants. The second webinar will be on May 19 and will cover the advocacy agenda decided upon by the MMBA, LMB, and MTGA.
Bicyclists will advocate for a statewide Complete Streets legislation to insure that all roadway users, including bicyclists, are routinely accommodated when roadwork is done in Michigan. All bicyclists, on- and off-road, need safe routes to their destinations throughout Michigan. Many other states already have mandated the Complete Streets legislation, and LMB, MTGA, and MMBA all firmly believe it is overdue in Michigan. In addition to Complete Streets, Advocacy Day participants will speak with their representatives in Lansing regarding a number of other initiatives that serve to protect all Michigan bicyclists. Among these issues are the vulnerable user bills that increase penalties for striking or killing a bicyclist. Cycling advocates will continue to raise awareness for a statewide ban on “texting” while driving.
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