The League of American Bicyclists thinks Lansing, Marquette and Portage are rolling along towards becoming three of the country's most bicycle-friendly communities. The three cities have been designated as "Bicycle Friendly Communities," and each city received Bronze-level awards from the Spring 2010 Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) program - the League of American Bicyclists' way of "honoring municipalities that actively support bicycling and provide safe bike accommodations for recreation and transportation," according to Walk and Bike Lansing! and The City of Lansing's press announcement.
In February, I wrote on article for www.letssavemichigan.com - a site supported by the Michigan Municipal League - that reports how Lansing successfully adopted a non-motorized transportation ordinance and drafted a plan, how they are "completing streets," and how grassroots support and action helped spur these initiatives.
Click on the League of American Bicyclists' Map of "Bicycle Friendly Communities" to find examples of walker-friendly, bicycle-friendly communities and businesses across the country. Other communities in Michigan have gotten props from the League of American Bicyclists for being bike-able. Ann Arbor, greater Grand Rapids, and Traverse City received the designation and award in the past. Midland received an Honorable Mention this spring.