*Enews - May 2012*
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*The 2012 Lucinda Means Advocacy Day will be held on Wednesday, May
*Save these Dates:*
May 23, 2012
*Pedal and Paddle Bike Tour*
June 2-3, 2012
*Sunrise Bicycle Tour* June 15-17, 2012
*MUP Bicycle Tour - FULL*
July 15-21, 2012
*Shoreline West Bicycle Tour*
August 5-11, 2012
*You know you're addicted to bicycling when ...
* ** ** You and your significant other have and wear identical riding
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*Michigan Complete Streets Coalition*
*Lucinda Means Advocacy Day This Month!*
The League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Trails and Greenways
Mountain Biking Association and MSU Bikes are pleased to join forces once
again for the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day to be held at the State
Capitol on May 23rd, 2012 as a culmination of National Bike Month.
Whether you enjoy riding on Michigan roads, trails or dirt single track,
Advocacy Day is your opportunity to speak with one voice to help advance
the interests of all cyclists in the state. We hope that casual riders and
die-hards alike will join us in advancing the interests of all bicyclists
by communicating the great importance of cycling to the Michigan
*May is Bike Month - Put on Your Helmet and Saddle Up!*
League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) and Michigan Trails and Greenways
Alliance (MTGA) announce that May is Bike Month, May 14-18th is Bike to
Work Week, and Friday, May 18th is Bike to Work Day. New this year, May 9th
is also the inaugural National Bike to School Day.
We are currently working with Representative Anthony Forlini (R - Harrison
Township), a bicyclist himself, to introduce an official Bike Month
resolution in the House of Representatives similar toyear's past.
Americans have been commemorating National Bike Month each May for 55
years. Timed to coincide with the arrival of warmer weather, the event has
inspired countless bike rides, safety inspections, commuter challenges,
ribbon cuttings, "share the road" promotions, and other celebrations of
bicycling in communities across the nation.
*LMB Annual Awards Nominations Due May 15*
LMB annually presents awards to deserving bicyclists and businesses across
the state in the following categories:
- DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
- BICYCLE ADVOCATE
- BICYCLE EDUCATION
- LMB VOLUNTEER
- COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR BICYCLING
We need your help in nominating worthy candidates. Please visit our
review the criteria and list of past recipients, then use the online
form to make your nominations.
*2012 LMB Tours Filling Up Fast!*
Have you been thinking about riding one of the four tours the LMB puts on
every summer? Well, head on over to the LMB website and register soon! The
tours are very popular this year, and the MUP tour is full. Call or email
if you would to be placed on the waiting list for MUP, or to sign up for
another of our great tours!
Register now to make sure we'll see you this summer!
Pedal and Paddle: June 2-3,
Sunrise Tour: June 15-17,
MUP Tour: July 14-21, 2012 - FULL
Shoreline West Tour: August 4-11,
*Talking Bicycling ....*
by Rich Moeller
This winter I decided to upgrade my favorite bikes drive train from a
Campagnolo Chorus 10 speed to a Campy Record 11 speed. I remember when we
went from 5 speed freewheels to 6 speed and wondering why we need the extra
cog. The same is true today and the best answer is that, "because we can."
The interesting part of the project was the 11 speed chain tool.
Note: *None of the products being tested were paid for with LMB funds and
the opinions expressed are mine and not necessarily LMB's.*
*Things that make you go hmmm...*
"In an Apr. 10th Slate article, Tom Vanderbilt wrote, "A few years ago, at
a highway safety conference in Savannah, Ga., I drifted into a conference
room where a sign told me a 'Pedestrian Safety' panel was being held. The
speaker was Michael Ronkin, a French-born,Swiss-raised, Oregon-based
transportation planner whose firm, as his website notes, 'specializes in
creating walkable and bikeable streets.' Ronkin began with a simple
observation that has stayed with me since. Taking stock of the event--one
of the few focused on walking, which gets scant attention at traffic safety
conferences--he wondered about that inescapable word: pedestrian. If we
were to find ourselves out hiking on a forest trail and spied someone
approaching at a distance, he wanted to know, would we think to ourselves,
'Here comes a pedestrian?' Of course we wouldn't. That approaching figure
would simply be a person. Pedestrian is a word born from opposition to
other modes of travel; the Latin pedester, on foot, gained currency by its
semantic tension with equester, on horse. But there is an implied--indeed,
synonymous--pejorative. This dates from Ancient Greece. As the Oxford English
Dictionary notes, the Greek ????? meant 'prosaic, plain, commonplace,
uninspired (sometimes contrasted with the winged flight of Pegasus).' Or,
in the Latin, pedester could refer to foot soldiers (e.g, peons), 'rather
-- Authored by Tom Vanderbilt
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