State Rep. Holly Hughes was named co-legislator of the year today by the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance.
The alliance is a nonprofit organization that exists to be the statewide voice for non-motorized trail users, helping people build, connect and promote multi-use trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan.
Hughes, who chairs the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee, worked closely with the alliance in their efforts to pass legislation allowing for the use of electric bicycles on Michigan’s state trail ways. The legislation was signed into law in October of last year. Additionally, Hughes was recognized by the alliance for her work promoting bicycle safety
“I’m honored to receive this award from an organization that I greatly respect,” said Hughes, of Montague. “The alliance is doing great things to celebrate Michigan’s wonderful trail system, bringing families and friends together for healthy and safe activities. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to further promote its work.”
Also named co-legislator of the year was state Sen. Goeff Hansen, of Hart, for his work in renaming Michigan’s railbanking program.
The award ceremony took place in the Capitol rotunda where Michigan Trails also presented awards for Volunteer of the Year, State Agency Employee Trail Advocate of the Year, Non-Profit/Local Agency Employee Trail Advocate of the Year and Michigan Trails Lifetime Achievement Award.