The League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Mountain Biking Association, and PEAC are pleased to join forces once again for the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day to be held at the State Capitol on Wednesday May 21st, 2014. Volunteers from all four organizations will educate legislators on key policy issues that facilitate a bicycle-friendly Michigan. Lunch will be provided after legislative visits, followed by an optional afternoon ride.
Whether you enjoy riding on Michigan roads, trails, or dirt single track, Advocacy Day is your opportunity to speak with one voice to help advance Michigan bicycling and the interests of cyclists of all abilities across the state. We hope that casual riders and die-hards alike will join us in communicating the great importance of bicycling to the Michigan Legislature.
2014 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES INCLUDE
- Protecting vulnerable roadway users by establishing enhanced penalties for injuring or killing cyclists.
- Establishing a standard for safe passing of bicyclists on Michigan roads.
- Supporting the Pure Michigan Trails revision to the Michigan Trailways Act.
- Preventing the Raid on Natural Resources Trust Fund dollars available for trails projects.
- Adequately funding safe transportation infrastructure that supports multi-modal use.
- Including bicycle awareness in Michigan driver’s education.
- Promoting sustainable transportation funding for Michigan.
- Defending bicyclists rights on the roads.
- Allowing bicyclists to bypass malfunctioning traffic lights.
- Speaking up for speed limit standards that take the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians into consideration.
To learn more about these issues or to register, please visit http://www.LMB.org/advocacyday
8:00 am – Bike rally leaves Municipal Park
8:20 am – Bike rally arrives at State Capitol
8:30 am – Group photo on Capitol steps w/ check-in to follow
9:00 am – Welcome, issue overview & questions
9:30 am – Meetings with Representatives and Senators
12:45 pm – Lunch on Capitol grounds
– Presentation of May is Bike Month Resolution
– LMB Annual Meeting & Annual Award Presentation
1:30 pm – “Lansing by Bicycle” *
*NOTE: Advocacy Day happens to fall on the same day as Ride of Silence this year. Advocacy Day concludes after lunch with an optional ride, which will give most participants ample time to return to their respective communities to participate in their local Ride of Silence events. Participants are also welcome to stick around Lansing after Advocacy Day and participate in the Capitol Area Ride of Silence event that evening.
Registration for Advocacy Day is $12 and includes lunch.
If you have never communicated with policy makers before, don’t worry. No prior experience is needed to participate in Advocacy Day. All participants will receive detailed materials in advance of the event to get you up to speed on the issues and to help make your experience at Advocacy Day comfortable and productive.
Please register for Advocacy Day ASAP so we have ample time to pre-arrange meetings with both your State Representative and Senator. You register on LMB’s website at http://www.LMB.org/advocacyday
Please do not hesitate to send any questions to John Lindenmayer at john@LMB.org.