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Archive for October, 2009

Indianapolis receives Bicycle Friendly Community award

Posted by Paul Taylor on October 26, 2009

indianapolis_marion_countyIn the Hoosier state, South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Indianapolis applied for the BFC designation in 2009, an award given by the venerable League of American Bicyclists.

Indianapolis was successful, while South Bend and Fort Wayne have a bit more work to do.
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Cyclist Hit from Behind Near Dowagiac, MI

Posted by Henry Scott on October 12, 2009

According to a brief article published in the South Bend Tribune, a cyclist was hit from behind Sunday afternoon near Dowagiac, MI (Google Map). Apparently the cyclist, Kiefer Hall, was following traffic laws by riding with traffic. Hopefully this unfortunate accident won’t reinforce the tendency of some cyclists to ride against traffic, which is known to be far more dangerous. Most importantly, however, here’s hoping that Mr. Hall’s injuries are relatively minor, and that he’ll recover quickly!

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2 views on NYC Bike Lanes

Posted by Phil G-E on October 11, 2009

Just read Complaint Box | On Your Left in the NYT.  “This week’s Complaint Box features two views on the city’s bike lanes, from Robert Sawyer and Leah Daskalakis Casner.”

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“Friends of Granger Paths” Seeking Support for MACOG Grant

Posted by Henry Scott on October 9, 2009

Friends of Granger PathsFriends of Granger Paths is one step closer to receiving a TE (Transportation Enhancement) grant from MACOG for the construction of a path along Adams Rd near the Mary Frank school, and they are asking for public support.

Specifically, Friends of Granger Paths asks those in favor to submit supportive comments to the Policy Board, using the official Comment Form (MS Word or PDF version). As indicated on the Comment Form, you may submit your comments either by postal mail or email. You do NOT need to live in Granger to submit a comment. Please see below for specific points and instructions that would be helpful for your comments:

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IN Falls to Bottom Half in LAB’s 2009 List of Bicycle-Friendly States

Posted by Henry Scott on October 5, 2009

LAB_LogoReading the flyer (PDF) Danny Graber provided in his recent post to advertise Bicycle Indiana’s upcoming bicycle summit, I learned that Indiana has dropped five places to number 29 in the League of American Bicyclists’ list of bicycle-friendly states for 2009. If interested, here are links to complete rankings: 2009 and 2008. And, here’s a breakout showing 2009 rankings by category (PDF) — IN is disturbingly close to the bottom for infrastructure. On the one hand I’m pleasantly surprised to see we’re as high as we are overall, but am disappointed to see that we’re losing, rather than gaining ground relative to other states according to this assessment.

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Indiana Bicycle Summit Date is Fast Approaching — Oct. 17

Posted by Danny Graber on October 2, 2009

Don’t forget Bicycle Indiana’s upcoming Bicycle Summit! If you go online and register before Oct. 10 you will be eligible for the drawing for door prizes. If you register after that, you will just have to watch. Bicycle Indiana is working hard to get a state-wide coalition in motion that will change the bicycling culture in Indiana, including new bicyle laws. We need your support! For additional motivation and information, please see this flyer (PDF).

Krista Rettig, Trek Bicycle Corparation’s Advocacy Director, will be the keynote speaker. And don’t forget the free a.m. bike ride along with lunch. You can view brief speaker biographies here (PDF).  See you there!

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Love Your Bike

Posted by Phil G-E on October 2, 2009

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