Today, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, we are celebrating a day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together for #GivingTuesday - a movement to celebrate giving and encourage more, better and smarter giving during the holiday season that we are proud to be part of. Giving Tuesday is a day for everyone, everywhere, to give back during the holiday season.

We invite you to join the movement and help LMB achieve its mission of bringing positive changes to the bicycling communities in Michigan with a donation on #GivingTuesday. 

Please click the link below to donate today!


 

2017 has been an exciting year full of positive changes at LMB. We advanced more legislative initiatives and launched more new programs in the past year than ever before. We have made great steps forward, but we cannot afford to slow down the pace. Tragically, bicycle fatalities rose a staggering 81% since 2014 in Michigan. This is unacceptable! This is why LMB will continue to fight for a 5-foot passing law and improvements to drivers education. In October, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard powerful testimony on the House versions of our safe passing and drivers education bills. With your continued support, we are cautiously optimistic that these bills will soon find their way to the Governor’s desk.

LMB spearheaded efforts to draft e-bike legislation this past year. In October, Governor Snyder signed our e-bike bills to classify e-bikes and end confusion about what defines them and where they can be ridden on roads and trails.

Crashes due to distracted drivers have become a growing danger for the bicycling community. That’s why LMB recently helped advance legislation to the Senate floor that expands Michigan’s texting while driving law and strengthen penalties around distracted driving.

We are pleased to share that legislation to exclude bicycle racks as license plate obstructions recently advanced to the House floor. Cyclists have since been targeted for traffic citations, up to $250, simply for having bike racks on their vehicles since 2016.

In November, funding for essential public safety infrastructure such as sidewalks, crosswalks, shared use paths, wide shoulders, and bike lanes came under fire. Within a very short window of opportunity, LMB mobilized vocal opposition to a bill to eliminate a long-standing requirement that Michigan road agencies spend a portion of transportation funds on walking and biking projects.

In addition to our legislative work, LMB added new programs to our lineup. In May, LMB launched our Micro-Grant program. We awarded over $12,000 to innovative projects focused on bicycle safety, advocacy, and efforts to increase ridership – especially among youth, women, and underserved communities.

We are also excited to share that we updated and re-launched our Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement Training program this fall. Many of our members and friends have been asking about rebooting this training series for a number of years; we are thrilled to be able to accomplish this in 2017!

Despite our progress, Michigan still has a disproportionately high number of cyclists being injured and killed. We still have too many communities with subpar or a complete lack of bicycle facilities. We have too many drivers, cyclists, and law enforcement who simply don’t understand the rules of the road. Our work is far from done. Together we can and will make Michigan bicycling better. You are the momentum that makes this work possible!

Thank you for your support, this #GivingTuesday, and every other day throughout the year!