CAPITAL CONFERENCE 2012: THE POLITICS OF PLACEMAKING
Bike-share programs like this one in Chicago are very popular in major metro areas, but are quickly being found in smaller communities like Battle Creek, Lansing and other Michigan cities. The League is hosting a bike-tour in Detroit next month.
It’s great to see so many Michigan communities starting various forms of bicycle-sharing programs. Plus, those who are starting them up are really excited about it. Under the subject line “Newest Cool Thing in Battle Creek,” Battle Creek Mayor Susan Baldwin recently sent an email to the Michigan Municipal League staff letting us know about the bike-share program that just started in her community this week.
"Thought the MML might be interested in the new cool thing we have in Battle Creek – a bike-share station!” Baldwin wrote.And the League is excited as well. If you don't know, there are a variety of types of bike-share programs but in simplest terms it's a service in which bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a very short term basis.Having walkable, bike-able and overall pedestrian friendly-communities is one of the key placemaking assets the League has identified for making vibrant communities in the 21st Century. Practicing what we preach, the League is having a “Bike the DeQuindre Cut” mobile workshop for those who attend our 2013 Convention in Detroit next month (Sept 17-20). Learn more about our Convention and the mobile workshops here.John Lindenmayer, advocacy policy director for the League of Michigan Bicyclists, said Battle Creek joins a growing number of Michigan communities to start bicycle-sharing type programs. So far, in addition to Battle Creek, there are various forms of bike-sharing programs under way or getting started in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Ypsilanti and Escanaba/Gladstone, Lindenmayer said.Matt Bach is director of Media Relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 734-669-6317 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of Michigan Women in Government gathered for the annual MWIG Breakfast at Convention Thursday morning. MWIG President and Battle Creek Mayor Susan Baldwin introduced the topic of shared services and the Leagues Arnold Weinfeld discussed the challenges facing local governments in meeting the new EVIP requirements set by the state to earn back revenue sharing funds. Each table was asked to discuss their own ideas for shared services initiatives.
The discussions at each table ranged from the challenges of private versus public service providing, to the need for nurturing more involvement in local government within each community, and even the issues of deer management in suburban areas.
Brooklyn Village Manager Jennifer Coe remarked that her community leaders always look forward to the new ideas she brings back from Convention, a point that drew enthusiastic agreement from everyone else at the table.
Obviously, the MWIG Breakfast was a great start to a full day!
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