**MEDIA ADVISORY** O’Brien, Iden to host bicycle safety town hall meeting

LANSING, Mich. — Senator Margaret O’Brien and Rep. Brandt Iden will host a bicycling safety town hall meeting with local and state officials on Monday in Portage.

Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, and
Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo,

A bicycle safety town-hall-style meeting for state and local officials to answer questions about how bicyclists and motorists can safely share the road. Representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan State Police and city of Portage will be available to discuss this important topic.

Monday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Portage City Hall
7900 S. Westnedge Ave.

In June 2016, a collision between a pickup truck and cyclists in Kalamazoo left five cyclists dead. In response, Sens. O’Brien; Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton; and David Knezek, D-Detroit; introduced bipartisan legislation to help increase safety for all motorists and cyclists on Michigan’s roads.


Michigan Senate Approves Bill To Name I-94 Corridor After Fallen Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate voted on Thursday to pass Senate Bill 543, which would name a stretch of Interstate 94 after fallen Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski.

“Renaming I-94 after Chief Switalski reminds people of road safety while honoring Chief Switalski for his dedicated service to our community,” said Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage. “Chief Switalski was a devoted husband and father and a dedicated public servant. He will not be forgotten.”

Switalski was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday, June 14 when he was struck by a vehicle while responding to an accident on I-94 in Kalamazoo County. He was named Michigan Fire Chief of the Year for 2017. The bill would name the span between exits 80 and 86 on I-94 after Switalski.

SB 543 has been sent to the House of Representatives for further consideration.


Editor’s note: The above photos from Oct. 12 are available by clicking on the images or visiting www.SenatorMargaretObrien.com/photowire.