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Archive for April, 2009

Black Box for Bikes

Posted by Adam Bee on April 24, 2009

One of the things that sometimes keeps me up at night is the possibility that on any given day I could be run down in cold blood by a homicidal maniac, and nobody would be left alive to testify on my behalf.  Folks would shrug and mumble, “Shoulda been on the sidewalk,” or, “Why wasn’t he driving his car?”

Then it occurred to me:  Airplane pilots have an eerily similar problem, and they’ve solved in by carrying a “black box” to record any possible crash.  Why not have the same thing for bikes?

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Avenue Bicycle Station Community Ride

Posted by lhierony on April 24, 2009

The Avenue Bicycle Station, with the support of the IU South Bend Health and Wellness Center held its first biweekly community (family friendly) bike ride on April 16th at 6 p.m. This was definitely NOT the spandex and carbon fiber group. Approximately 15 people (2 kids, 4 teenagers, and a 70 year old woman) of all biking abilities participated in either a 3 or 8 mile route, starting at the Avenue Bicycle Station on Mishawaka Ave in River Park. In addition to a variety of cycling levels, there was quite a variety of bicycles, including a 1970s modified Schwinn (banana seat!), a folding bike, an adult tricycle, a cruiser, and single speed track bikes. The folks on who participated were unique as well.

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New Tires for the Monkey Bike?

Posted by Henry Scott on April 24, 2009

I used my folding bike to get from South Bend to Argonne National Lab for the third time this past weekend. Getting to the lab on Friday was a breeze but, unfortunately, I got a flat like I did on similar trip to Pennsylvania last summer. I was unprepared (again.. sigh!) and had to run the bike for 3.5 miles in a cold rain to catch Metra.

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Zigs vs. Zags

Posted by Adam Bee on April 22, 2009

Have you ever noticed that right-to-left turns are much more difficult than left-to-rights?

That is, if you’re crossing some large ugly six-lane traffic sewer to get from one lovely back road to another, it seems much easier to me if you have to go LTR instead of RTL.

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Bicycle IN License Plate: Signatures Needed

Posted by Henry Scott on April 22, 2009

The Indiana Bicycle Coalition is applying for a Bicycle Indiana license plate and needs to collect 500 signatures by Monday, April 27th to demonstrate sufficient demand. Several local bike shops will be collecting signatures now through the weekend, and they will submit them to the IBC on Monday:

UPDATE: Fiddler’s Hearth will also have a petition available through this weekend; inquire at the bar to sign.

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Granger Paths 5k Run / Walk: May 17

Posted by Henry Scott on April 22, 2009

Granger Paths will be holding their 4th annual 5k Run / Walk event on Sunday, May 17th at 9:00 a.m.

Representatives for Granger Paths are active in the Bike Michiana Coalition, and funds raised by this event will help in their efforts to promote the construction of bicycle and pedestrian friendly routes in Granger. Please join in if you can!

For more details, including registration information, please visit their event page.

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A Good Ride Spoiled

Posted by memooney on April 22, 2009

The first warm-weather ride is always one of happiness and excitement for any cyclist. Unfortunately, my ride was spoiled within miles and served as a reminder that many drivers don’t respect the rights of cyclists.

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BMC to be Represented on South Bend’s “Green Ribbon Commission”

Posted by Jeff Nixa on April 21, 2009

The Bike Michiana Coalition will be represented on  South Bend’s new “Green Ribbon Commission”, an effort by Mayor Steve Luecke and the City to “reduce energy usage, trim costs, beautify the city and help save the planet.”   BMC president Jeff Nixa was invited by the Mayor to represent the local cycling community.   South Bend’s new bicycle coordinator, Chris Dressel, will also be serving on the commission.  

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Best Connections: In Praise of the Cul-de-Sac Killers Among Us

Posted by Adam Bee on April 20, 2009

A few days ago I wrote about my least favorite non-links, or “missed connections” in Michiana.  Now I would be remiss if I didn’t applaud the “best connections”, where some kind soul went out of her way to link neighborhoods rather than force traffic onto congested arterial “traffic sewers”.

Here are my top five:

1.  Wembley to Brighton:  Perfect example.  You can even see the old curb on Brighton.  Without this connection it would be impossible to get from Darden to Darden.  Now it only requires an ugly little right-to-left along Ironwood.

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Missed Connections: The Worst Non-Links in Michiana

Posted by Adam Bee on April 18, 2009

A few days ago I wrote about Virginia’s law outlawing cul-de-sacs, and how they’re one of the biggest challenges to route planning in Michiana and especially Granger.

Here are my top five most infuriating non-links in Michiana:

1. Park to Catalpa: This is the worst in my book.  Just a few more yards of pavement and Catalpa would connect all the way to Edison Lakes Pkway, Meijer, and Walmart.  As it is, I take a short zag on Main to cut through the parking lot of a nice orthodontist.

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