Michigan’s Safe Passing Law Goes into Effect 9/27/18

Starting today, Thursday September 27, drivers must give a minimum of 3-feet of room while passing bicyclists on Michigan roadways. This new Public Act was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and was signed into law by Governor Snyder on June, 29 2018.   

PA 279 of 2018 requires a motorist attempting to overtake a bicyclist traveling in the same direction to give at least three feet to the left of the bicyclist as they pass until they have safely passed the bicyclist. The motorist may drive to the left of the center of the highway to pass a bicyclist if it is safe to do so, regardless of if the vehicle is in a no-passing zone.

Working with our membership and in partnership with key organizational partners, LMB led the charge to enact this common-sense legislation aimed at improving bicycle safety for all. We would like to once again thank all of our members, donors, and partners for helping us make this happen.

Learn more about the new law and the excellent work of LMB:  <CLICK HERE>

Sylvania River Trail Access Improvement

Thanks to the City of Sylvania for including the new curb cuts at the entrance of the Sylvania River Trail off Main Street. This will make it much easier (and safer) for cyclists to transition from the roadway on to the trail, and trail to the roadway. Thank you for making Sylvania a safe place for cyclists!

Main Street and Monroe will be closed until August 21 as they finalize the improvements to the road and sidewalks.

Education Efforts Never End - LEO's

Thanks to the City of Sylvania Police and Sylvania Townwhip Police departments for incorporating cyclist safety related content in their officer training programs. Patrol officers will watch "Understanding Cyclists' Position in the Roadway" and We Are Traffic will field questions and comments as we work together to improve the safety of cyclists.

Both departments will help distribute 3-feet stickers to better inform the general public about the safe passing legislation that became law on March 21, 2017.

Law Enforcement: Understanding Cyclists’ Position on the Roadway

Law Enforcement: Understanding Cyclists' Position on the Roadway from CyclingSavvy on Vimeo.

This video illustrates the safety concerns of cyclists using the road, and how the bicyclist’s position on the roadway can dramatically increase or decrease the most common crash types. Very special thanks to our friends at Cycling Savvy and the American Bicycling Education Association for producing and making this video available for Law Enforcement agencies.

Sylvania River Trail Phase 2 Under Construction

Construction is underway for Phase II of the Sylvania River Trail project that will run along the north side of the Flower Hospital campus, cross the Ottawa River, run under the US-23 expressway and exit out to Monroe Street. The highly anticipated addition to this project will increase the total length of the trail to 1.5 miles and include improvements such as elevated walkways, new bridges, and landscape beautification. Phase II will cost just over $2 million with $850,000 coming from grants and $400,000 coming from ProMedica Hospital contributions over the next five years. 

Sylvania River Trail Phase 2

For more details, visit the City of Sylvania Website

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