The STEM fields have traditionally been dominated by men. That can make it tough for women to break in – or gain respect. Some female professionals in the Great Lakes Region have their own stories about the culture of gender bias.
Bicycle safety in rural areas is of great concern. One approach is increasing the use of trails for non-motorized vehicles, such as the White Pine Trail between Comstock Park and Cadillac, and the Kal-Haven Trail between Kalamazoo and South Haven.