MDOT Shares Bicycling Safety Messages on YouTube

Fast Facts:
– Bicycles have played an important part in Michigan’s history.
– MDOT is promoting two bicycling safety videos.
– May is National Bike Month; May 13-17 is Bike to Work Week.

May 16, 2013 — Bicycles have played an important part in Michigan’s history. The State Highway Department, as it was called at the turn of the century, began with a young entrepreneur nicknamed Horatio “Good Roads” Earle, who was a bicycling enthusiast.

            Today, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is still grounded on principles of safety and mobility. In 2013, State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle was awarded the Governor’s Fitness Award for his efforts to enable local communities to be more fit and encourage people to bike more and walk more through investments in things such as bike lanes and Safe Routes to School.

            To promote safety during National Bike Month, MDOT is sharing two previously produced videos on its YouTube channel. A 30-second video safety message demonstrates safe passing of a bicyclist and sharing the road respectfully, even when there are centerline rumble strips. A second video describes newly dedicated bike lanes on M-10 in Oakland County. The new bike lanes are called “buffered” lanes, which help separate vehicles from bikes and help provide order in the roadway at dedicated right-turn lanes. The buffered lanes prevent right-turning vehicles from turning in front of bicycles. A similar buffered bike lane was installed by MDOT on M-43 in downtown Lansing.

            May is National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week is May 13-17, with Friday, May 17, designated as Bike to Work Day

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