MDOT promotes on-road bicycling facilities

Contact: Barbara Hicks, MDOT Office of Communications,
 hicksb3@michigan.gov
517-335-3084
Agency: Transportation

June 6, 2013 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is sponsoring "Training Wheels" courses around the state designed to educate communities interested in providing on-road bicycle facilities for their residents and visitors. The course includes two hours of classroom instruction followed by an on-road, on-bike portion.

The courses will be offered in the following areas:
- June 10 in Manistee;
- June 11 in Grandville;
- June 12 in Dexter;
- June 13 in Coldwater; and
- June 14 in Niles.

"Training Wheels" is designed to provide communities with information on the planning and design of on-road bicycle facilities into existing infrastructure to make bicycling safe and convenient, providing alternate transportation that make roads more complete for everyone. Classroom instruction is based on a guide produced by the American Association for State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). An outdoor on-bike segment provides participants a firsthand look at the benefits of providing an alternative mode of transportation that does not require expensive facilities for communities to build or maintain.

The "Training Wheels" courses are intended for city, township and county managers; council members; engineers; and related design and planning staff. Registration is required. Registration deadlines vary with locations. For details, contact Kim Young at 517-241-4819, or by e-mail at youngk10@michigan.gov.

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