Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day – May 23, 2018

Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity for road cyclists and trail users of all abilities – casual riders and die-hards alike – to speak with one voice to help make Michigan bicycling better. Hosted by the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) in partnership with the Michigan Trails and Greenways AllianceMichigan Mountain Biking Association and PEAC this collaborative effort brings supporters of all four organizations together to educate legislators on key policy issues that facilitate a more bicycle-friendly Michigan.

This year, Advocacy Day will take place on Wednesday, May 23rd, at the State Capitol in Lansing.

Registration for Advocacy Day 2018 is now open. If you are interested in more information, please call the LMB office at (517) 334-9100. Thank you for your interest!

Register

Upon registration, LMB will schedule legislative meetings with State Representatives on your behalf. We’ll prepare you with an Advocacy Primer, which will outline key issues and talking points to aid you in effectively communicating with lawmakers prior to the event.  After your meetings, enjoy lunch on the Capitol Lawn.

About Lucinda Means
Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day is hosted annually in honor of Lucinda J. Means, League of Michigan Bicyclists’ (LMB) first paid Executive Director. Lucinda was a vigorous advocate for bicyclists and worked tirelessly to promote and improve bicycling throughout Michigan.

The first Advocacy Day was in 2006. It was inspired by the 2005 celebration of Lucinda’s life. On a cold, drizzling day in May 2005, cyclists from across Michigan participated in a bicycle parade to the State Capitol in memory of Lucinda. Advocacy Day is now held annually in May as part of Michigan Bike Month.

Legislative Priorities include (subject to change):

  • Gaining support from lawmakers for SB 123 (Knezek), SB 124 (O’Brien), SB 170 (O’Brien), HB 4185 (Bizon), HB 4198 (Alexander), HB 4265 (Hughes) and HB 5003 (Schor). This bipartisan, bicameral roadway safety package is aimed at protecting Michigan bicyclists. The bills establish a safe passing standard and improve driver’s education by devoting more time to bicycle safety and awareness.
  • Gain support for HB 5100, a bill that would clarify the definition of an obstructed license plate to ensure a bicycle rack or hitch mounted device is not grounds for a traffic stop.
  • Seek prompt action on SJR O, SB 763, SB 931 and SB 932 to ensure monies from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund continue to be used to conserve and develop public lands. 
  • Thank legislators for supporting our e-bike legislation signed into law in October.

Schedule:

8:00 am – Check-in, packet pick up
8:15 am – Group photo on Capitol steps
8:30 am – Welcome, speakers, issue overview & questions
9:30 am – 1:30 pm – Meetings with Representatives and Senators
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch on Capitol grounds and presentation of May is Bike Month Resolution, speakers
1:00 pm – LMB Micro-Grant Awards

Scheduled Speakers

  • Representative Clemente with Bike Month Resolution presentation at 9:15
  • Senator Rebekah Warren at 9:30
  • Senator Rick Jones at 12:30
  • Representative Hughes at 12:45

Price:

Registration for Advocacy Day is $15 and includes lunch.

Preparation:
If you have never communicated with policy makers before, don’t worry. No prior experience is needed to participate in Advocacy Day. We’ll make sure that you are comfortable with the issue priorities and that you get up to speed quickly.

We are currently updating our issue papers, so please check back soon for more detailed information. The Advocacy Day Primer will answer most of your general questions.  We will also provide you additional guidance and walk you through the “asks” on the day of the event. Reviewing the Primer and the Issue Papers should prepare you for Advocacy Day. After reviewing the materials, please direct any additional questions to John Lindenmayer by email at  or by phone at 517-334-9100.

*Start Location:
Advocacy Day is held on the northeast lawn of the State Capitol (100 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933). Please note that we are not organizing a group ride to the Capitol in 2018. Please come directly to the Capitol. There will be portable bike parking for those still planning to arrive by bike. There are numerous parking structures near the Capitol for those arriving by vehicle.

Bike Parking:
There will be portable bike parking set up at the Capitol courtesy LMB. While the bikes will be watched throughout the day, we strongly encourage you to bring a lock.