We are delighted to report that on Tuesday, January 28th, Governor Snyder signed legislation giving bicyclists the option of signaling a right turn by extending their right arm horizontally. Until now, they could signal a right turn with an L position by extending their left arm upward. The legislation, signed into law as Public Act 1 of 2014, is the first bill to be signed into law by the Governor this year.
According to AP Reports, Snyder says the "common-sense" law will make roads safer. The old 1949 law was passed at a time most automobiles lacked turn indicators and motorists had to use hand signals.
The bill's sponsor is Republican Rep. Anthony Forlini of Macomb County's Harrison Township. Forlini says most drivers are unfamiliar with bicyclists' traditional right-hand turn gesture.
LMB, who spearheaded the proposed changes to the vehicle code, is glad to see this simple revision adopted into law. "32 states have already adopted this common sense update to their vehicle codes, said John Lindenmayer, Advocacy & Policy Director. "It's more intuitive for both drivers and bicyclists. Ultimately, we hope that with promotion of the new law, we'll see more bicyclists choosing to use hand signals, improving safety and awareness for all road users."
Read PA 1 of 2014.
Pictured L to R: Bill sponsor State Representative Anthony Forlini, LMB Member Kelly Thomas, Governor Rick Snyder, League of Michigan Bicyclists' Advocacy & Policy Director John Lindenmayer, and Legislative Aide Joseph Aragona.
Trans4M is proud to introduce our newest campaign, Share MI Roads. In partnership with the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB), we have launched the campaign to develop educational resources that will reduce bicyclist injuries and fatalities, foster goodwill between drivers and bicyclists, and create a greater understanding and awareness of the rights and responsibilities that drivers and cyclists need to know to make our roads safe for all users.
“We are really excited for this new campaign and the opportunity to engage Michigan motorists and bicyclists from across the state about roadway safety. The goal is to fill the void in the training roadway users receive about how to safely share the road with one another,” said John Lindenmayer, Advocacy and Policy Director for LMB.
Michigan bicyclists are involved in less than 1% of traffic crashes, yet proportionally they represent a much greater number of fatalities compared to other roadway users. In 2012, there were 20 fatalities from bicycle-vehicle crashes and 1,636 injuries. While Complete Streets policies are creating safer roadways through engineering and planning solutions, more must be done to educate drivers and bicyclists on how to safely interact on the road.
The Share MI Roads team is actively building education and outreach resources not just for bicyclists and drivers, but also for driver’s education instructors and law enforcement. Resources range from general skills and tips, essential bicycling knowledge, and rules and regulations relating to bicycling. More are being developed for driver’s education instructors and law enforcement, Lindenmayer said. Team members include transportation experts, bicycling advocates, and state agency representatives. The diversity of the team provides unique perspectives and innovative ideas on how to best educate drivers and bicyclists to safely share the road.
In addition to educating yourself through the campaign’s resources, you can make an immediate impact by taking our Share the Road Safety Pledge. It is a great way to show others you are serious about making Michigan’s roads safe for all users, provide input on what you think is the best way to achieve safer roads, and stand with others in your community who want to foster goodwill between drivers and bicyclists.
Check back often for updates and new material as we continue to build the campaign.
By Jeff Prygoski, Fellow, Transportation for Michigan
From our partners at the Michigan Environmental Council
A forum to discuss issues relevant to proposed changes in Michigan speed limits will take place Wednesday, January 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Michigan Municipal League offices at 208 N. Capitol Ave. in Lansing.
The public is invited, and RSVPs are requested.
The forum will be moderated by Tim Fischer, of the Transportation for Michigan coalition (Trans4M) and the Michigan Environmental Council.
Panelists will include Lt. Gary Megee of the Michigan State Police, Jim Walker of the National Motorists Association, Suzanne Schulz of the City of Grand Rapids Planning Department, Richard Murphy of the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, Adrianna Jordan of the Michigan Fitness Foundation, and Carolyn Grawi of the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living.
How Michigan's speed limits are set has far-reaching consequences for Michiganders, thus, concerns run deep and diverge widely.Read more: Forum, Panel to Discuss Proposed Changes in Speed Limits on Michigan Roads