Guided by input from MMBA members, Advocacy Committee and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director works with legislators, agencies and other key organizations to effect legislation and policy that impacts mountain bikers and mountain biking trails in Michigan.
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On Wednesday, September 7th, MMBA Executive Director, Melissa Werkman and MMBA Advocacy Committee Chair, Jason Aric Jones provided written and oral testimony on E-Bikes at the Michigan House of Representatives Travel and Outdoor Recreation Committee Hearing. The public was invited to provide testimony in support of or against three house bills on E-Bikes that will be taken up this session. HB 4781 and 4782 are sponsored by Rep. Hughes, Chair of the Committee and attend to the operation and definition of E-Bikes HB 4783, sponsored by Rep Kesto attends to an exemption of no-fault insurance requirements for owners of E-Bikes.
The MMBA was one of four organizations who provided input earlier in the year into the draft of HB 4781, ensuring that there was a blanket prohibition of E-Bikes on "natural surface trails", unless the land manger of that trail opted to allow them. At the Committee hearing, the MMBA requested an additional provision that the land manager holds at least one public hearing to assess community support prior to designating a natural surface trail open to E-Bikes.
The House Travel and Tourism Committee will meet again in mid-September to make any amendments to the bill and vote on whether to move it on to the whole House for a vote.
Read the MMBA's 2016 position paper on E-Bikes here.