Two items of interest from the League of Michigan Bicyclists May Enews:
MDOT promotes bicycling on new website and You Tube.As National Bike to Work Week (May 16-20) approaches, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is promoting a new video about the benefits and savings of bicycling on the MDOT YouTube channel. [For some reason, the link is not functioning at this time — ed.] It is part of the new “Mi Commute” Web site that includes tips and tools to help with the cost of commuting. The Web site explores bicycling, public transportation, and other modes of travel that may help commuters save precious gas dollars.
Things that make you go hmmm…
According to the Apr. 13th edition of On Your Bike, newsletter of Bicycle Victoria, “Bike riders are more alert and aware of road space and the traffic environment than are drivers, a new research project has found. Riders, with their high position and 180 degrees unimpeded vision, not only see a wider perspective, but also observed further ahead in a line of traffic.””Most cyclists used this perspective to plan for their next moves in the traffic, but it also serves to alert them to likely road situations within the next few minutes. However from the drivers’ perspective, this increased awareness could be seen as risky riding because the driver, with a poorer view, had comparatively less understanding of the road ahead. The findings come from a study which used cameras on helmets and inside cars to record journeys in Melbourne. Participants were also asked to comment on tape about what they were observing on the road…”
Looking for a ride? Check out the LMB Ride Calendar. Have you all already registered for one or all of the four rides supporting local charities in Lenawee County? The Tour de Tecumseh is May 22; Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee Cycle of Hope event is June 4; the Hospice Ride is June 26; and the 2011 ACDC Ride for Associated Charities is September 10 — all part of the unofficially dubbed “Lenawee Classics” series.
Planning for the ACDC Ride is in full swing, and things are shaping up very nicely. This year’s event will again offer the family-friendly bike path routes, but we are extending the distance on the longer routes to 50K and 100K. Preliminary maps of the 50K Route and the 100K Route are available if you’d like to take a gander. Presently, both are a little short of the goal, but that will soon be remedied. Feedback is welcome.