Request for Proposals: Bike and Pedestrian Safety Instructors

March 16, 2022

The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) has been awarded funding for FY 2022 through a grant from the Office of Highway Safety Planning.  The grant allows the LMB to carry out bicycle and pedestrian safety training programs for law enforcement officials as well as community members using a presentation specifically tailored for this audience.  Under the grant, the Education Director is responsible to arrange, set up, promote, and deliver 10 regional trainings in geographically diverse areas of the state.

The LMB is looking for a subcontractor(s) with current or prior law enforcement experience to co-present and assist the Education Director in these trainings.  The subcontractor will present the information on Michigan laws related to motorist, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic; recommend approaches on law enforcement actions; and provide any other information best given from a law enforcement perspective.

The Education Director works with local bicycle advocacy groups for promotion and recruits local law enforcement agencies to assist with promotion and site logistics for each training.  The trainings are open to the public as well as law enforcement officials to help stimulate discussion and promote understanding from two different perspectives on the topic.

The trainings last approximately 6 hours and may include a hands-on demonstration of how to plan for, set up and implement a children’s bicycle rodeo. The subcontractor is expected to be involved with the full- day training.  Other topics included in the training include:

1) An explanation of sections of the Michigan Compiled Laws that deal with bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists.

2) Tips for getting started and how to carry out law enforcement for these statutes.

3) How to effectively evaluate and accurately record the elements of crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

4) The various ways to educate communities on bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Continual revision and refinement of the presentations and delivery is ongoing to ensure the most concise, yet comprehensive and effective education will impact the alarming incidence of bicycle and pedestrian crashes that occur each year.  At least half of the trainings should happen in May and June as the bicycling season gets underway.

The subcontractor will have the following qualifications:

  • At least three years’ work experience in the field of law enforcement. (Consultant can be working presently in the field of law enforcement or be retired.)
  • Thorough understanding of the Michigan Compiled Laws related to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
  • At least three years’ personal experience with on-road bicycling
  • Excellent public-speaking skills
  • Ability to travel to various sections of the state for trainings

Reimbursement for travel expenses (according to federal and state travel rates) and a $150 stipend for instructor time will be awarded for each training.

If you are interested in bidding for this project, please email your qualifications (resume and cover letter) to Jeff Carek, Education Director, League of Michigan Bicyclists, at [email protected] by March 30.

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