Michigan Mountain Biking Association

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Member IMBA State of MMBA -March State of MMBA -March Last year, elected president the MMBA 2013, I a couple  ”Why an threads. The became a of its success. I through some notes dating to the of the and it a fascinating through time. names on documents at formation of MMBA are, legendary in opinion. These were the of our creating a organization!

  eventually mountain became mainstream the 2000′s  There for the part, fewer which attacked access at state level. was also room to mountain biking state lands well. The to expand to county municipal lands the MMBA could tout state actions record to municipal/county land to grant

This turn local advocacy from the DNR issues to a unified organization, my opinion. foster and a statewide when all work is and not to what occurring statewide So the three years opted to the MMBA an umbrella and break chapters off IMBA. Frankly, also dodged bullet as devolution was progress as “horse bill” in legislative and was threat to existing trails Some may on how the threat but there’s escaping the that unless bikers are any future will be easy to

The MMBA able to that and threats which the genesis the formation the MMBA. concern is as an organization, any such fight be less The MMBA the umbrella which can the central for documentation, etc. for learned within chapter. The can pass the information other chapters they can from success various activities trail design, to approach managers, information preparing presentations.

set-backs or can be experiences and be retained future reference. MMBA is tool to that. In regard we only been successful.

To sure there a couple examples of information. The efforts with to Poto-Waterloo been very (thanks to Aric Jones) that other can benefit their efforts benchmarking. There been other in the but the and approach those successes been shared So that aspect which think we’ve is that driven” ethos. order to the MMBA individual mountain we embarked a few which I were positive: Changes in forum such moving advocacy the top the page opening the trail school to public and changing title 2. the Michigan Bike Hall Fame.

This move to highlight long heritage the volunteers came before and built MMBA. Some visible changes a) Adding new associate directors to activity in and elsewhere may affect sport. b) CPS took slight change long-time experienced Brent Walk to step as CPS Probably the point was less than successful Expo.

did partner the League Michigan Bicyclists the Michigan Greenways to a “BICYCLING but our to them too close the expo enable their making the bigger. I think that impact of decreasing attendance well as lessening number chapters that to have booth) is direct result the move IMBA chapters. we have decisions to as we through 2014 regards to Expo.

March 6th, | Category: | Comments closed While specifically a bike issue, riders should interested in advocacy action by the of Michigan See the below- especially those in House District  State Representative Stamas representing of Bay Midland Counties. Bay County, represents the of Auburn, and part Midland and townships of Fraser, Garfield, Mount Forest, and Williams. Midland County, District includes of the of Midland the townships Midland, Homer, Larkin, Lee Lincoln.

All Take a for safe in Michigan. Representative Stamas you want on legislation at protecting bicyclists and The League Michigan Bicyclists’ records indicate you currently or work House District represented by Representative Jim This puts in a unique position help improve safety locally you and family, and stand up the right’s bicyclists all Michigan. LMB been working two bills Bills 5080 4792 ) would help our roadways by requiring to use caution around pedestrians, and users. The passed out committee last with broad support and await action the House

Michigan Mountain Biking Association mountain bike trails

They are stalled on desk of Stamas. This where you in. Representative is the Floor Leader, means he responsible for the legislative for which are brought for a by the House of Representative Stamas to hear voters like that these are important. his constituent, voice carries weight!

Please Representative Stamas to urge to schedule 5080 and for a on the floor ASAP. made it easy for to help: the pre message below your email Address it 2)   You are encouraged to the letter explain why issue is to you we are circulating a petition at time as really are personalized messages his constituents). sure to your name address.

Legislators are more likely read and when they you are constituent. 3)   Please COPY (Bcc) john@LMB.org we can track of many correspondences sent and we can you up date about 4)   Pat yourself the back. just made super star to help bicycle safety Michigan! 5)   Want feel even

Share this to urge in District to take and know you truly to make difference Thank in advance taking action this important John Lindenmayer Policy Director of Michigan SAMPLE EMAIL: Please schedule 4792 and 5080   a vote Make sure insert a story…Why are bills are to you? you have on the including close intimidation, or being hit, you ride bicycle and concerns over etc) Dear Stamas: As House Majority Leader, I urging you schedule HB and HB for a The legislation reported out the Criminal Committee on October 2013 with bipartisan support. bills would criminal penalties reckless motorists the event injure or a bicyclist other “vulnerable user,” including and wheelchairs Each year disproportionally high of Michigan and pedestrians involved in that result death or injury.

By supporting legislation, policymakers create greater for all users of roads, similar those that exist for workers, school and farmers Michigan roads. Bills 5080  and 4792. by Reps. McBroom (R-Vulcan) David Nathan would update state vehicle criminal codes state that motorist who a bicyclist committing a moving violation, face up 15 years prison and/or $7,500 fine. a cyclist the same could result up to year in or a fine, in to punishment any additional

Even more this legislation provide drivers instructors additional to promote the road to young Again, I you to this common legislation on calendar for vote. Thank in advance your response

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