'Bike Law' attorney Waldman treks to Traverse City for bike helmet giveaway


by Cynthia Price
Legal News
with notes from Sinas Dramis

The Sinas Dramis Law Firm has been holding bike helmet giveaway and bicycle safety events, called “Heads Up for Safety: Lids for Kids,” for quite some time, in Lansing, Grand Rapids, and, now, Traverse City.

Sinas Dramis specializes in personal injury, Michigan auto no-fault, and family law, and represents people who have suffered injuries from biking accidents as well as other biking-related matters.

But the firm also takes seriously the challenge of preventing serious injury wherever possible. Some 15 years ago, George Sinas started the “Heads Up for Safety” events in Lansing, and — as reported in the Grand Rapids Legal News — son Thomas Sinas has continued the tradition in Grand Rapids.

This year, Sinas Dramis attorney Bryan Waldman decided that the best way to get up to the May 14 Traverse City event was by bicycle.

So, on May 12, Waldman and his friend Wade Burch, who are both  members of the Sinas Dramis Bike Law Cycling Team, took off from the cobbled streets of Grand Rapids for a 250-mile trek.

The direct route would have been shorter, but the team wanted to take in some sights along the way.

Starting off on the Musketawa Trail (“Great trail from Grand Rapids,” as Waldman commented), the pair biked to Muskegon. There they made a stop at the well-loved Fisherman’s Landing Muskegon Lake launch site.

They then followed the Hart-Montague Trail in to the Whitehall area, pausing in front of the local Caboose Museum behind the White Lake Area Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as in Hart at Country Dairy for some delicious ice cream.

“Stop there; you won’t regret it,” advised Waldman.

After spending the night in Ludington Thursday, Waldman and Burch got an early start and stopped in Mansitee for a quick breakfast, headed to Frankfort, took in the “gorgeous view of Lake Michigan” in Arcadia, and went by way of the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to Glen Haven.

The two made good time that Friday, arriving in Glen Arbor by 6 p.m. for an overnight stay before the final leg.

When they arrived the following morning at the Traverse City Lids for Kids event, dozens of children and their families greeted them. There, they helped partners, including the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, fit over 400 children with helmets and give away  20 bicycles donated by the local  McClain Cycle and Fitness.

The Lansing helmet giveaway and bike safety event takes place May 21 at the Marshall Street Fire Station, and in Grand Rapids, kids may come to Garfield Park (Burton and Jefferson entrance) from 10 a.m. to noon on June 11.

Lids for Kids has its own website, http://lidsforkidsmi.org which also features bicycle safety information.