Our group assembled on the steps of the MSU Bikes Service Center. Eventually 35 of us rolled to the Capitol steps. 6 uniformed police officers joined us on their bikes (4 from the Lansing PD, 2 from the MSU PD); one more E. Lansing PD officer followed our group in a patrol car. The highwheeler pictured is a mostly original 1888 owned by Ross Hill (to the left, black tights).
Ross Hill with his 1888 highwheeler; Ross was hit from behind by an 85 yr. old man 2 falls ago and survived fortunately. His trusty steed required the expert care of Matt Assenmacher (famous frame builder of Swartz Creek, MI) to get back into riding condition.
Getting ready to roll off; bikes of all types were there. Warren (former mechanic at Velocipede Peddler, personally hit and injured by a drunk driver on campus) in black to the right; Mike on the recumbent to the left. (Sorry, can't remember all the last names.)
Sgt. David Emmons, LPD, center, ready to lead off the ride, surrounded by fellow officers.
The officers were modeling good hand signals throughout the ride.
Mike Unsworth on his recumbent and Neil Wright rolling thru.
MSU Bikes' student mechanic Mike Weigand pulling the trailer.
Ross elegantly rolls by.
Local bicycling legend, Bob Gibbs, on his trusty Jamis, sporting the north-country fashion, joined us (he apparently didn't know about the helmet rule, but did have his noggin protected). His trusty beagle wasn't along for the ride this time.
Carlos, enjoying his lovely fixie commuter.
From the rear...
No, he wasn't talking, just smiling.
Lined up for a left turn at Harrison Rd.
Thomas Baumann (left) and Hano Meingast (of the famous bicycling Meingast family that ruled Mich. bike racing for decades) ride along with the officers.
Our trailer rolling by the Bio-Life Sciences Building on campus.
Art Slabosky rolling over the Bogue St. bridge.
Waiting for the light @ Grand River & Bogue St.
Rolling onto Grand River from Bogue St.
Rolling down Grand River Ave. (M52)
Ross Hill happily peddaling along on his highwheeler.
Heading down Albert Ave. thru downtown E. Lansing
The officers helped secure each intersection along our route.
Running the E. Lansing downtown gauntlet.
No, we weren't trying to take over Grand River Ave., just in the process of merging over into the center lane to go straight down Michigan Ave.
Art leading the group down Mich. Ave.
Ann Larabee, sister of Dave Larabee, killed September 2005 by a drunk driver (sorry, still waiting for her to email me the story of Dave's accident).
The organizers' trusty steed (1984 Nishiki Seral) all setup for commuting.
Arriving at the State Capitol.
Dave Larabee's sister, Ann Larabee, giving a short tribute to Dave near the Capitol steps after the ride finished.
Fellow cyclists listen to Dave's story. A few other cyclists gave other stories of being hit and injured themselves by motorists. The group photo didn't turn out on my camera; still waiting on the photos taken by the LPD CSI officer; stay tuned.