About “Bike the Line”
This summer, we’re biking against the flow of Line 5, Enbridge‘s crude oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. From Marysville, MI to Superior, WI, we’ll connect with communities living along the way and help mobilize to #ShutDownLine5.
Members of Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands, Oil & Water Don’t Mix, and others are organizing a bike ride against the flow of Line 5. The riders will be cycling about 750–1,000 miles to reach out to community members, organizations, and businesses residing along the pipeline route who would be most affected by a pipeline rupture.
The idea began from discussions within various groups organizing for the decommissioning of Line 5. People shared a desire to re-connect with the human face, and connect with the people that have the pipeline running through their backyards. To reach out and hear their concerns and let them know we’re in this together.
There is a lot of opposition to pumping crude oil under the turbulent waters of the Mackinac Straits. Including resolutions from five tribal communities and dozens of resolutions from local governments and municipalities calling for the immediate retirement of Line 5.
We want to add to this chorus of opposition and help amplify the voices of people living along the pipeline. We want to do so in a way that connects us to the beautiful Michigan landscapes and doesn’t totally rely on fossil fuels—we want to complete the trip on our bikes.
Spreading awareness about Line 5 to the communities that live along the pipeline.
Connecting with residents about the dangers of the pipeline and what to do when it spills.
Energizing the movement to shut down Line 5.
We’ll be knocking on doors, talking to residents, leaving literature, and doing informational events. Making special stops such as near the Straits of Mackinac, where the pipeline runs directly in freshwater for 5 miles, as well as in Crystal Falls, MI, where Line 5 gushed more than 220,000 gal (850,000 L) of oil and natural gas liquids into a nearby marsh back in 1999.
If you live along the route and would like to see the riders or help host an event in your town, please contact us and we can discuss the details.