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Archive for January, 2008

New Bike Commuter Guides and U-Tube Video

Posted by Jeff Nixa on January 24, 2008

Have a friend interested in bike-commuting but has no idea how or where to start?  Some good online resources:  A Trek-sponsored site with helpful free videos on bike commuting basics, selecting a bike, changing a tire.  Also the ‘why’ behind bike advocacy, commuting and bike lifestyle.   From the Chicagoland Bike Federation, a good downloadable bike-to-work guide and links to the amazing number of Chicago-area resources: bike schools, urban tricks and tips, bike parking, a Chicagoland Bicycle Map, events and activities.  Safe Bicycling in Indiana, a good booklet on bike commuting basics: gear, traffic, safety, rules of the road, trouble, night and bad weather biking, parking.  Also available by download soon.  Free hardcopies by calling 1-800-bike-110. 

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Area Bike Advocacy Meeting Feb. 5th, 2008

Posted by Jeff Nixa on January 24, 2008

Jeff Nixa will be hosting a bike-advocacy gathering at his home 7-9pm on Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 2008. Jeff was chair of Bike to Work Week in Michiana for 2006 and 2007, is a member of the Paint the Town Bike Coalition and year-round bike commuter.

“I’d like the evening to be relaxed and fun: 1. a chance to meet other bike people, and 2. a discussion to identify bike-priorities for 2008… It will be a successful evening if we can identify one or two key activities, discern who is good at what, and identify some leadership/team for each idea. Please bring your ideas and, as importantly, your passion. (Personally, I’d like to develop a bicycle station in South Bend, a la the Millenium Park Bike Station in downtown Chicago, which serves 150+ serious bike-commuters, tourists and recreational bikers every day. See )”

If interested, contact Jeff Nixa at 574-246-1682, or for directions to his home. Jeff lives in South Bend’s Near Northwest Neighborhood.

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