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March 27th – 11:00 – 11:45am

In the past year many exciting developments have occurred around Complete Streets in Michigan. A panel discussion at the 2010 Michigan Bicycle Summit will provide updates on these developments and provide suggestions on ways your community can go about adopting your own Complete Streets policy.

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Michigan Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Michigan Department of Community Health, and Michigan Housing Development Authority, is pleased to offer several opportunities for you to attend an AASHTO Bicycle Facility Design Training.

This is a training course on the planning and design of on-road bicycle facilities. There will be a two hour class instruction on the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, an on-road bicycle ride to analyze the different types of on-road facilities, and a discussion period regarding bicycle facility design options. There will be many stops during the ride to point out potential facility types.

Training Wheels Registration Form

Course size is limited.

September 8, 2009 -Traverse City, MI 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
September 9, 2009 – Grayling, MI 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
September 10, 2009 – Ludington, MI 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
September 11, 2009 – Grand Rapids, MI 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
September 17, 2009 – Flint, MI 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
September 16, 2009 – Mt. Pleasant, MI 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
September 15, 2009 – Jackson, MI 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
September 14, 2009 – Lansing, MI 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
September 18, 2009 – Detroit, MI 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Microsoft PowerPoint - 2009 Safety Summit - pedbike safety and lPowerPoint dismisses liability concerns for constructing roadways that accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists

A must view PowerPoint for all Michigan road agencies, planners, engineers and politicians.  Written by Ronald W. Emery (Transportation Division Dept. of Attorney General), Josh DeBruyn (Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator – MDOT) and Deirdre Thompson (Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Engineer – MDOT), this PowerPoint demonstrates through case law that NO liability risk exists for accommodating nonmotorized facilities users through bike lanes, road diets, mid-block crossings or signing rural roads/shoulders as bike routes.

Download Presentation: Ped Bike Safety and Liability

Questions on this presentation can be directed to:
Josh DeBruyn, AICP
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
Bureau of Transportation Planning
Michigan Department of Transportation


Horatio Sawyer Earle (1855–1935) is known as the "Father of Good Roads" or simply Horatio "Good Roads" Earle.

How Michigan bicyclists paved the first road in America

The Good Roads Movement, led by the “Father of Good Roads,” Michigan’s own Horatio Earle, demanded better road conditions for the growing community of cyclists across the country.

The boom of the bicycle as an object of pleasure and a symbol of progress resulted in a natural desire by bicyclists for smooth, safe roads to ride upon.  This led to organized efforts to clear the roads of mud, horse droppings, and hazards like crumbling cobblestones and an unpredictable crisscross of streetcar tracks.

The Good Roads Movement banded millions of American bicyclists together at demonstrations, rallies and other political actions.  With a motto of, “Where there is a wheel, there is a way,” cyclists took their campaign for better streets to the streets, quickly gaining the ears of politicians across the nation.  In fact, many of those cycling advocates successfully ran for elected office themselves on platforms focused on better road conditions.
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