Being an advocate for bikes as a transportation alternative, I’ve got to share this story with you from the Miami Herald. It’s a report on one of professional basketball’s best athletes, LeBron James: a native of Ohio who is currently playing for the Miami Heat. Here’s the report.
NAME: Habitat Half Century Bike Ride
SPONSOR: Fulton County Habitat for Humanity
DATE: April 28, 2012
TIME: 8:00 AM
LOCATION: Rochester City Park on Park Rd
LENGTH: 20 & 50 mile rides.
See below for a map to the starting location and additional details, including contact information.
The Southwest Michigan Plan Commission has just published a map that can help cyclists find the best places to ride. The map shows the low volume roads that cyclists prefer in green. It also highlights roads with a wide shoulder or bike lane. There’s even a listing of state and area parks with a listing of biking and other facilities and you can download it all from www.michigan.gov/mdot-biking. At that site, you can also download maps and listings from other parts of Michigan and get loads of information on biking in the thumb state.
Because of their size, the maps are pretty cumbersome to look at on line, so you may want to get a hard copy. By this time next month, the maps should also be in the hands of Michigan bike shops, or you can order them from MDOT for $5.00 each, from the web site mentioned above.
I’ve been asked by a number of people how they can help get this bill passed. I’ve put together an advocates toolkit that will make citizen involvement easier. Click TOOLKIT to get started. If you have a problem with the links not working as expected, you can download the toolkit by clicking the “Download original” button at the top of the screen. That will make the toolkit more friendly.
Here’s the legal synopsis of the bill: “Provides that it is a Class C infraction for a person driving a vehicle overtaking a bicycle to not allow at least three feet of clearance between the vehicle and the bicycle and not return to the original lane until the vehicle is safely clear of the bicycle.”
If you want details, or want to follow the political wrangles of the bill, you can do so at http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2012&session=1&request=getBill&doctype=SB&docno=0101.
This is the third year that Senator Broden has sponsored a bicycle safety bill. Two years ago there was an ombudsmen bill with many minor provisions. It nearly passed but died in the reconciliation process between the two chambers of the legislature. Last years bill never got to the assembly floor, probably because it included a mandatory helmet provision and received little or no support from the bicycling community.
This year’s effort is a single issue bill: 3 feet please. Tim Maher said “Hopefully this is our year.” Tim has been among the strong supporters of Sen. Broden’s bike safety efforts.
As a follower of biking issues, I am reminded of the state of Maine. They introduced bicycle safety bills for seven (count ‘em 7) consecutive years before a bill was passed. Maine is now one of the most bicycle friendly states in the U.S.