Categories for Advocacy

LMB’s Letter to MI Senate Committee on SB 682

February 14, 2024

LMB offered testimony yesterday to the MI Senate Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on two bills. We support HB 4012 for a more flexible process to set safe speed limits, and oppose SB 682 which would set a blanket 15 mph speed limit for bikes on Mackinac Island. Communications and Advocacy Director Matt Penniman also...

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VRU Bills in the News

December 19, 2023

Thanks to MIRS for interviewing LMB staff for the following story, and for granting us permission to republish it here! Wheels Turn Again On Stiffer Penalties For Drivers Who Hit Bicyclists, Pedestrians By Samantha Shriber Original publication date: Dec. 15, 2023 The wheels are turning again on legislation to charge motorists with a $7,500, 15-year...

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Thanks to you, we’re closer than ever

June 24, 2022

(left to right) Matt Penniman, Communications and Advocacy Director at the League of Michigan Bicyclists; Jim Santilli, CEO of the Transportation Improvement Association; Senator Ruth Johnson; Laurel Zimmerman, mother of Ally Zimmerman; and Diane and Jim Freybler, parents of Jacob Freybler. What happened: The Senate Judiciary committee met Thursday morning and voted to advance the...

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Bills introduced to protect vulnerable roadway users like bicyclists

June 30, 2021

Photo CC-BY Rory Finneren, 2011. “Ghost Bike we set up for my father, Ralph Finneren. It’s located on Giddings Rd. directly outside of the General Motors Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan, very near where the crash occurred.” This was one of the first ghost bikes in the state of Michigan, a public memorial...

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Hands-Free Law in Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State

February 13, 2019

Michigan is one of the top 20 most dangerous states for pedestrians. Cyclists and pedestrians alike are at risk every day. Reducing deaths caused by distracted drivers is one of our top priorities. We were glad to hear Gov. Whitmer propose a hands-free device law on Feb. 12 in her State of the State address,...

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New Roadway Safety Law Goes Into Effect Today

September 27, 2018

Starting today, September 27, 2018, drivers must give a minimum of 3-feet of room while passing bicyclists on Michigan roadways. The new Public Acts were passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and were signed into law by Governor Snyder on June, 29 2018. PA 279 of 2018 requires a motorist attempting to overtake a bicyclist traveling...

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Bikes on Trains Amtrak Wolverine Line

July 23, 2018

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Amtrak invited LMB and local bicyclists to three press events launching bicycle service on Amtrak’s Wolverine line. Bicycles will now be accepted on the Amtrak Wolverine Service (Trains 350-355), with three daily round-trips between Pontiac and Chicago, via Detroit, Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Jackson and other stops. The press events will...

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