While not specifically a mountain bike issue, all riders should be interested in the advocacy action led by the League of Michigan Bicyclists. See the information below- especially for those in State House District 98: State Representative Jim Stamas representing portions of Bay and Midland Counties. Within Bay County, Stamas represents the cities of Auburn, Pinconning and part of Midland and the townships of Beaver, Fraser, Garfield, Gibson, Mount Forest, Pinconning and Williams. Within Midland County, the District includes part of the city of Midland and the townships of Midland, Homer, Jerome, Larkin, Lee and Lincoln.
Take a stand for safe bicycling in Michigan. Let Representative Stamas know you want action on legislation aimed at protecting Michigan bicyclists and pedestrians
The League of Michigan Bicyclists’ (LMB) records indicate that you currently live or work in House District 98 represented by State Representative Jim Stamas. This puts you in a truly unique position to help improve bicycle safety locally for you and your family, and to stand up for the right’s of bicyclists all across Michigan.
LMB has been working on two bills (House Bills 5080 and 4792) that would help make our roadways safer by requiring drivers to use extra caution around bicyclists, pedestrians, and wheelchair users. The bills passed out of committee last fall with broad bipartisan support and now await action on the House floor. They are currently stalled on the desk of Representative Stamas.
This is where you come in. Representative Stamas is the Majority Floor Leader, which means he is responsible for setting the legislative agenda for which bills are brought up for a vote by the entire House of Representatives. Representative Stamas needs to hear from voters like you that these bills are important. As his constituent, your voice carries extra weight!
Please contact Representative Stamas TODAY to urge him to schedule HB 5080 and 4792 for a vote on the House floor ASAP.
We’ve made it very easy for you to help:
1) Copy the pre drafted message below into your email program. Address it to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) You are strongly encouraged to customize the letter to explain why this issue is important to you (NOTE: we are not circulating a general petition at this time as we really are seeking personalized messages from his constituents). Make sure to include your name and address. Legislators are much more likely to read and respond when they know you are a constituent.
3) Please BLIND COPY (Bcc) john@LMB.org so we can keep track of how many correspondences are sent and so we can keep you up to date about progress.
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Thank you in advance for taking action on this important issue!
Advocacy & Policy Director
League of Michigan Bicyclists
Subject: Please schedule HB 4792 and HB 5080 for a vote
NOTE: Make sure to insert a personal story…Why are these bills are important to you? (experiences you have encountered on the road including close calls, intimidation, or actually being hit, why you ride a bicycle and your concerns over safety, etc)
Dear Representative Stamas:
As the House Majority Floor Leader, I am urging you to schedule HB 5080 and HB 4792 for a vote. The legislation was reported out of the Criminal Justice Committee on October 16th, 2013 with broad bipartisan support. The bills would enhance criminal penalties for reckless motorists in the event they injure or kill a bicyclist or other “vulnerable roadway user,” including pedestrians and wheelchairs users.
Each year a disproportionally high number of Michigan bicyclists and pedestrians are involved in crashes that result in death or serious injury. By supporting this legislation, policymakers will create greater protections for all legal users of the roads, similar to those that already exist for construction workers, school children, and farmers using Michigan roads.
House Bills 5080 and 4792, introduced by Reps. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) and David Nathan (D-Detroit), would update the state vehicle and criminal codes to state that a motorist who kills a bicyclist while committing a criminal moving violation, would face up to 15 years in prison and/or a $7,500 fine. Injuring a cyclist in the same circumstances could result in up to one year in jail or a $1,000 fine, in addition to punishment for any additional charges. Even more important, this legislation will provide drivers education instructors additional opportunities to promote share the road principles to young drivers.
Again, I urge you to put this common sense legislation on the calendar for a vote.
Thank you in advance for your response.
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