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Archive for December, 2010

Plymouth, Ind. recently opened a bike/ped trail

Posted by Paul Taylor on December 23, 2010

The Plymouth Greenway is on the city’s north-east side

The new Plymouth Greenways segment is open to healthy transportation and recreation. The trail’s cost was about $1.8 million, most of which came from federal dollars.  

This is the only biking/walking project I know of in all of Marshall County: recently completed or planned.  If you know of others, please let us know.  We need a biking and walking newshound in Marshall County.

For an accurate map, click here.

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Indiana Trails Advisory Board nominations sought

Posted by Paul Taylor on December 16, 2010

Individuals who blaze the state’s trails-or who know someone who does, should contact the DNR regarding five open positions on its state Trails Advisory Board (TAB). Read the rest of this entry »

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South Bend has a League of American Bicyclists web page

Posted by Paul Taylor on December 10, 2010

South Bend, IN Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community seal.

Some would say that the biggest perk in being a Bicycle Friendly Community, as South Bend recently became, is the national recognition. Being noted as a city promoting healthy sustainable transportation, along with outdoor recreation and exercise is a definite draw to some businesses and residents from outside the area.

As one of the perks of gaining Bicycle Friendly Status, the League of American Bicyclists has created a web page highlighting the reasons The City deserves this recognition. It makes South Bend, and perhaps the surrounding area, look pretty nice. Take a look.

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South Bend gets bicycle marching orders

Posted by Paul Taylor on December 1, 2010

The city shows off its new BFC sinage. Soon these signs will dot the highways and byways of South Bend.

The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) has given South Bend very specific guidelines on how to maintain and enhance its designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community. In all, there were some 41 recommendations, but five stand out as being the most important. Currently, The City has a Bronze Level rating. By incorporating some of these suggestions, South Bend could advance to the next level, which is Silver. Here are the suggestions from the LAB:

1.       Continue to expand public education campaigns to promote the share the road message and the rights and responsibilities of all users. There are some new tools for you to use. See a new motorist education video at http://www.bikelib.org/safety-education/motorists/driver-education/ It is vital to make motorists and cyclists aware of their rights and responsibilities on the road. Also, see the excellent Look Campaign from New York City: http://www.nyc.gov/html/look/html/about/about_us_text.shtml and use the valuable information from the League’s Ride Better Tips in your outreach education and encouragement efforts. See the Ride Better Tips pages at http://www.bikeleague.org/resources/better/index.php

 2.       Make stronger connections between bicycling community and law enforcement. Ensure that police officers are educated on the “Share the Road” message and have general knowledge regarding traffic law as it applies to bicyclists. The city should implement regular training for officers on this like an Enforcement for Bicycle Safety seminar. This is a great continuing education opportunity for law enforcement. http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/bikesafe/case_studies/casestudy.cfm?CS_NUM=801

 3.       Adopt a Complete Streets policy and offer implementation guidance. Every street should accommodate bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists and transit users of all abilities and ages. http://www.completestreets.org/

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