Bell’s Bike: Larry Bell on Bicycling, Brewing, and Life After Beer

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LMB was grateful to sit down for a Zoom interview with Larry Bell, founder of Bell’s Brewery, for a chat about his origin story: the bike trip that first brought him to Kalamazoo and the brewery that made history. Larry sold the company at the end of 2021 and is no longer involved with operations,...

National Bike Summit

October 23, 2023

LMB believes in advocacy at all levels of government to improve life through bicycling. To that end, Jessica Lanave attended the annual National Bike Summit (NBS) in Washington DC, organized by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB.) NBS brings together a variety of advocates from around the country and even internationally. Jessica served as the...

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Our Annual Member Meeting for 2023

October 21, 2023

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for our 2023 Annual Member Meeting!  Meeting Recording (on Zoom) Meeting Slides (PDF, 12MB) Strategic Plan: DEI Statement: Better Bicycling Grants:  Gifting a membership:  MI Cycling Census Survey: Interested in joining LMB as a Board Member or joining a Board Committee?...

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Bike Lights for Michigan Nights

October 19, 2023

LMB’s partnership with OHSP has allowed us to provide over 600 front and rear Planet Bike light sets to 19 recipients from the Upper Peninsula, Metro Detroit, Battle Creek, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. 48% of cyclist fatalities were reported in dark conditions. Most recently, LMB’s partnership with OHSP continues to allow us to provide...

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A Victory in the Fight Against Distracted Driving

October 17, 2023

On June 7, Gov. Whitmer signed HB 4250, 4251, and 4252, and changed the law in the state of Michigan. It is now illegal to hold a phone while driving in Michigan. Distracted driving is one of the biggest threats to the safety of people who bike and walk, and while these laws won’t eliminate...

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Ride for Equity

October 13, 2023

In July, LMB Board Member Beth Brandvain participated in the third annual Ride For Equity, a 377 mile ride from Detroit to Mackinac. The ride serves as a fundraiser and awareness project for Black Leaders Detroit (BLD) and took place during the week leading up to The Mackinac Policy Conference. Beth had been looking forward...

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LMB Member Spotlight: Vívela

October 12, 2023

This year, Carlos Esquivel, founder of Vívela, was the deserving recipient of LMB’s 2023 Ralph Finneren Encouragement Award at our Annual Awards ceremony. Vívela is a Latino cycling nonprofit organization that encourages cycling to improve holistic well-being. Vívela offers introductory cycling experiences to the West Michigan Latino community and provides opportunities to further develop skill...

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MDOT’s Response to the LMB 5YTP Comment

October 10, 2023

LMB submitted a comment on the MDOT Five-Year Transportation Program on August 18, 2023. We received the following response today, Oct. 10. Editorial comments are in [bold italics and brackets]. – Dear Mr. Penniman, Please see responses below to your comments provided on the annual Five-Year Transportation Program. If there are any follow up questions...

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MDOT’s Five-Year Transportation Program – our comment

August 21, 2023

The Michigan Department of Transportation Five-Year Transportation Program has been released and is open for public comment until Sept. 8, 2023.  Please consider writing your own comment and submitting it by Sept. 8. Take Action LMB’s full comment is as follows: Thank you for the opportunity to provide comment on the MDOT Five-Year Transportation Program...

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Just Drive

June 7, 2023

Q. Can I hold a phone while driving in Michigan? A. No. House Bills 4250, 4251 and 4252 were enacted into law with the signature of the governor on June 7, 2023. They take effect on June 30, 2023. These laws mean that it is now illegal to hold a phone while driving in Michigan....

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What you missed (if you missed Advocacy Day) and how you can help

May 4, 2023

Dear friends and fellow bicyclists, It’s spring at last, and I find myself taking off to ride every chance I get, relishing a little sunshine and warmth after a long Michigan winter. The first few bike rides of the spring remind me how grateful I am for the upcoming warm season, but I also notice...

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