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How they voted

Posted by Paul Taylor on September 26, 2010

As bicyclists focus more attention to the 2010 election campaigns, some will want to keep in mind those candidates with a record that supports safe cycling. In Indiana, there is a good albeit imperfect yardstick for measuring that level of support: how they voted in 2009 on SB553 – the Bicycle and Traffic Safety bill. The majority of incumbents voted in favor of the bill, and it got as far at the reconciliation process before it died.

You can view the SB553 voting records for all Indiana legislators running for re-election at the following site. https://sites.google.com/site/paulltaylorsite/home/how-they-voted.

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3 Great County Parks — 1 Nice Bike Ride

Posted by 2wheelpeddler on September 19, 2010

Start at any of these 3 sites (check hours of operation 1st, so you don’t get locked out) or if it’s more convienent start at Darden Rd & Riverside Dr. The 3 county parks I’m speaking of are St. Patrick’s, Spicer Lake & Bendix Woods. It’s about 45 mi. to visit all 3 parks. Bendix Woods has a new mountain bike trail being developed by NIMBA.

If 45 mi. isn’t enough try locating some little known St. Joseph County Parks properties, like Chamberlin Lake & Place Trail, If you make it to Place Trail, you will be near Potato Creek State Park. They charge a $2- fee for bikes entering the park. You will find a 3.3 mi. bike path & a 6.6 mi. mountain bike trail, within this park. Now we are talk’in 70 to 80 mi. of riding.

For that century rider add Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park on the eatern edge of St. Joseph Co. I’ve done this a couple times, using different routes, but what routes would you use?

Mike McFarland

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South Bend named Bicycle Friendly Community

Posted by Paul Taylor on September 16, 2010

Michiana officials cut ribbon opening South Bend's Riverside Bike/Pedestrian trail on May 7, 2010. This trail was one of the many reasons the city earned the BFC designation.

In an elite quality-of-life measure, South Bend has become the first community in northern Indiana to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists for its “remarkable commitment” to promoting bicycling.

The designation places South Bend among 158 communities in 43 states (four in Indiana) for their demonstrated ability in providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging residents to bike for transportation and recreation. Together, they represent the top one-half of 1 percent of the nearly 30,000 incorporated U.S. cities. Read the rest of this entry »

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