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3/27/2013 11:00:00 AM
Share the Road: Cyclists, drivers invited to safe cycling program here
Riders in the annual
Riders in the annual "Ride of Silence" which honors cyclists that have been hurt or killed in accidents. (File photo)
Jessica Evans
News Manager

Every summer, without fail, motorists and cyclists seem to clash on the rules of the road. The combination of cars and bikes oftens lead to accidents, or at the very least, ill feelings. An upcoming training event held by the League of Michigan Bicyclists and hosted by the Harbor Springs Police Department, aims to educate law enforcement and the community about bicycle safety, rules, and rights.

This will hopefully reduce the number of vehicle-cyclists incidents that occur here, said Dan Branson, Harbor Springs Police Chief.

"This is an issue that comes up every year and involves a lot of conflict between bicyclists and motorists," Branson noted. "This mainly takes place on north M-119 along the Tunnel of Trees, but also within the city limits, too. We get a lot of complaints from both parties and everyone seems to think they know what the law is, but actually, many do not."

"Community Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement," will be held on Friday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and will bring law enforcement together with interested community members to provide information about basic safe bicycle riding skills, with an emphasis on road laws.

The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) is a state agency that certifies education and training to police officers and through this event, law enforcement personnel can receive MCOLES credit for attending.

"This is an attempt to get some factual information out there regarding road rules," Branson said. "It aims to increase compliance between bike riders and those who drive. Both sides can learn a lot from this training."

Course instructors will include Kathy Vonk, a longtime Michigan police officer, and Rich Moeller, the executive director of the League of Michigan Bicyclists.

The training will be held at the Harbor Springs City Hall in the council meeting room at 160 Zoll Street. The cost of the event is $25 per person and registration is required. For more information about the event, call 888-642-4537 or email Rich@LMB.org. To register, go to www.LMB.org/LETraining.

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