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Archive for October, 2010

South Bend’s Northside Trail fine tuned at planning meeting

Posted by Paul Taylor on October 30, 2010

Reviewing detail plans and completing surveys

The proposed multi-use path that will hug the north bank of the St. Joseph River between IUSB and Logan Street was discussed in detail at a planning meeting on October 27. Residents of the River Park neighborhood and trail enthusiasts met with city officials and the planning consultant to discuss four alternatives, three of which were new since the last planning meeting.

As with any project, everyone sees good and bad in each of the alternatives, and opinions were voiced freely. There seemed to be, however, unanimous agreement among the 41 attendees that the trail would be a great asset to the neighborhood. It will link up with the Riverwalk in Mishawaka, and the East Race in South Bend. It is part of the IN-MI River Valley Trail system which will someday extend to Niles, Mich. and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

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IN-MI River Valley Trail inches forward

Posted by Paul Taylor on October 22, 2010

The Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail, is an assemblage of separately built and managed trails. It will someday extend from Mishawaka, IN to Niles, MI and developers continue to make herky-jerky progress toward its completion. Some futurists envision the day when it will run from Elkhart, IN to Berrien Springs, MI, and even all the way to Lake Michigan.

Notable progress has been made recently.

Dead end? Yes, but progress is being made.

A section in Niles has just opened which extends the trail southward from downtown Niles to the Fort/3rd Sts. intersection. A ribbon cutting will be held October 30th at 10:00 am at Niles’ River Front Park.

In South Bend, IN, extension of the section known as the Northside Trail is in the planning stage. A public hearing was held a few months ago. Based on public comments, planners have fine tuned the plan and a second public hearing will be held at 6:00 pm on October 27th at the River Park Branch Library at 2022 Mishawaka Ave. The extension will more-or-less parallel Northside Blvd. from 21st Street to Logan St. where it will link up with Mishawaka’s Riverwalk. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bicycling Author to Speak in Bristol: Sunday, Nov. 7

Posted by Henry Scott on October 18, 2010

The Elkhart County Historical Museum is proud to host prominent bicycle historian and author David Herlihy on November 7 at 1:00 p.m; admission will be $5. This event is sponsored by Goshen Public Library and Elkhart County Parks.

Herlihy’s recent title The Lost Cyclist has received reviews by the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine and was recently named “book of the week” by the Independent (London, United Kingdom).

From the Amazon.com description of the book:

“In the late 1880s, Frank Lenz of Pittsburgh, a renowned high-wheel racer and long-distance tourist, dreamed of cycling around the world. He finally got his chance by recasting himself as a champion of the downsized “safety-bicycle” with inflatable tires, the forerunner of the modern road bike that was about to become wildly popular. In the spring of 1892 he quit his accounting job and gamely set out west to cover twenty thousand miles over three continents as a correspondent for Outing magazine. Two years later, after having survived countless near disasters and unimaginable hardships, he approached Europe for the final leg.”

“He never made it. His mysterious disappearance in eastern Turkey sparked an international outcry and compelled Outing to send William Sachtleben, another larger-than-life cyclist, on Lenz’s trail. Bringing to light a wealth of information, Herlihy’s gripping narrative captures the soaring joys and constant dangers accompanying the bicycle adventurer in the days before paved roads and automobiles. This untold story culminates with Sachtleben’s heroic effort to bring Lenz’s accused murderers to justice, even as troubled Turkey teetered on the edge of collapse.”

Frank Lenz even stopped in Elkhart on his world tour!

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Bike the Bend Organizers Receive Local Government Cooperation Award

Posted by Henry Scott on October 14, 2010

Photo provided by Anne Brown

The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) has awarded the 2010 Local Government Cooperation Award to the Cities of Mishawaka and South Bend, along with St. Joseph County, for their cooperation with the Louise Addicott and Georgina Joshi Foundation and the Bike Michiana Coalition in organizing the highly successful Bike the Bend event. Click HERE to see a press release from the City of South Bend.

The first annual Bike the Bend was held on Sunday, May 23rd and attracted 1,800 cyclists of all ages and abilities. Because the ride went through both cities, in addition to unincorporated areas of St. Joseph County, a massive amount of governmental cooperation was necessary for planning and to ensure consistent traffic control and safe access to the roads. The award recognizes this effort and the tremendous popularity of the event.

Planning for the 2011 Bike the Bend is already underway; it will be held on Sunday, May 15th. You won’t want to miss it!

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