We are pleased to report that on May 29th, the League of Michigan Bicyclists received a 2014 DALMAC Fund grant from the Tri-County Bicycle Association (TCBA) for the Share MI Roads campaign. The $9,000 grant will support efforts to develop toolkit resources for driver's education instructors to use to emphasize bicycle awareness to new drivers across Michigan.
Due to time constraints within Michigan's existing drivers education curriculum, young drivers currently receive limited training on how to safely share the road with bicyclists. Michigan's curriculum leaves 1.5 hours of classroom training up to the discretion of the instructor, providing opportunities to expand upon these issues.
Our toolkit will focus on common misconceptions and crash scenarios between motorists and bicyclists and provide supplemental resources for instructors to use in the classroom, especially during the portion left to their discretion. The growing number of drivers who opt out of taking formal drivers education training after turning 18 will also find these materials beneficial.
Our sincere appreciation to TCBA for providing funding to help jump start this important education and outreach effort! We'll need additional financial support from individual supporters like you, however, to ensure we have the resources needed to create and distribute these new materials to all 340 driver's education facilities across Michigan.
Please help us further leverage this generous grant funding by making a personal donation to the Share MI Roads campaign to help us expand our efforts to improve driver's education in Michigan.
Above: LMB Advocacy and Policy Director John Lindenmayer accepts a DALMAC Fund grant from TCBA Treasurer Steve Leiby.