John Lindenmayer, Executive Director
League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
The Cherry Capital Cycling Club wants to formally clarify and take a position on the proposed bicycle safety and driver education bills that have recently been amended and re-introduced to the Michigan legislature. The article posted on February 17th by the Capital News Service did not provide an accurate understanding of where our Club stands on bicycle safety issues.
The Cherry Capital Cycling Club is fully committed to the improvement of bicycle safety and education. As such, the Club's Board of Directors, on behalf of its’ members, voted unanimously to support the proposed Michigan House and Senate Bills requiring motor vehicles to maintain a 5 feet distance when passing bicyclists (HB 4185 & 4265 & SB 0123), and requiring a driver training component for drivers regarding safety for bicyclists and other vulnerable roadway users on the road (HB 4198 & SB 0124).
The Club is urging its members to contact local House and State representatives with comments on the proposed legislation. We will continue to be the main sponsor for the Ride of Silence in Traverse City and work with other local cycling agencies (including Traverse Area Recreational Trails, Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association and Norte Youth Cycling) to promote safety for all road and trail cyclists.
If we can be of further assistance as these bills come before the House and Senate, please let us know how we can help.
Darcie C. Pickren