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Archive for April, 2011

South Bend Mayoral Candidates Respond to Michiana Cycling Questionnaire

Posted by Henry Scott on April 27, 2011

Ahead of South Bend’s May 3rd mayoral primary, the Bike Michiana Coalition presented an online questionnaire to all South Bend mayoral candidates. The questionnaire was designed to gauge how their administration would approach cycling issues.

The questionnaire was not completed by any of the Republican candidates, but responses from Democratic candidates Mike Hamann, Ryan Dvorak, Pete Buttigieg and Barrett Berry are listed below.

The first six questions were closed-ended for ease of completion by the candidates, but the last three were open-ended to give the candidates room to elaborate on their views regarding Michiana cycling. The responses are presented in the order in which they were received.

The BMC also attempted to contact the candidates for the Mishawaka mayoral race (Republican incumbent David Wood and Democratic challenger Craig Fry), but we have not yet received a response from either.

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Bike to Work Week 2011: May 16 – 20

Posted by Henry Scott on April 27, 2011

Bike to Work Week is almost here: Monday, May 16th to Friday, May 20th. The official website is packed with information, and team registration is up and running. Check it out, and get ready to ride!

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Race Play Michiana: April-May Issue

Posted by Henry Scott on April 26, 2011

Race Play Michiana (RPM) is a new publication in the Michiana area designed to provide “News for Sports & Fitness Enthusiasts,” and the April-May issue is now available! Print copies can be obtained from many local business, but you can also download the latest issue HERE (4.6 MB PDF) or from the raceplaymichiana.com website.

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NACTO releases new Urban Bikeway Design Guide

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 26, 2011

All cities and states have guidelines for the transportation infrastructure – engineering standards mainly – so that travel in one U.S. city, say South Bend, is not greatly different from travel in another, say Portland. These guides cover all forms of transportation including walking and biking. The most important guides are MUTCD and AASHTO (Manual on Uniform Transportation Control Devices, and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials)

Now another group has joined the fray: NACTO (the National Association of City Transportation Officials). They have released a new guide specific to bicycling. You can see it at http://nacto.org/cities-for-cycling/design-guide/

The League of American Bicyclists believes that this guide helps “pave the way for dramatic improvements in national standards for bike infrastructure, signage and markings. ”

I think anything to make biking and walking more better, is more better.

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Third grade students are taught bicycle safety.

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 19, 2011

Third grader at Muessel School is fitted with a helmet

Safety classes are given to all Mishawaka 3rd grade students, and a growing number of South Bend students. As bicycles are used more and more for practical transportation, these safety classes are becoming more important each year.

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Amazing Bike Event in Downtown Goshen

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 8, 2011

On the First Friday of every month – throughout the year – businesses, artists, and entertainers throw a party in downtown Goshen. On May 6, Goshen’s First Fridays event will be all about bikes with several special events. Organizers encourage event-goers to “bike to First Fridays”.

  • The first annual I Goshen Bicycle Criterium: There will be three races for riders of various skill levels.
  • Bicycle Safety & Info booth: Learn helpful hints about bicycle safety: from how to properly fit a helmet to pumping up tires. Free bicycle registration available. They will also have information on the endless bicycle trails in Elkhart County.
  • Bike Decorating Contest: Participants will, deck out their bikes, Pedal, and Participate!
  • A  Family Bicycle Parade will follow the decorating contest.
  • Girl Scouts Pedal Car Derby: Human powered and eco-friendly transportation for the little tykes.

On May 6, the emphasis is on bicycling because May is National Bike Month, and May 16-20 is National Bike to Work Week.

For more information visit The First Fridays Website

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Bike Friendly Community Award Ceremony

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 6, 2011

Mayor Luecke and the City of South Bend, Northern Indiana’s only Bicycle Friendly Community, invite you to attend at 2:00 PM, Thursday, April 28. It will be held at the Jon Hunt Plaza (in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center) in South Bend.

The purpose of the event is to:

  • receive official recognition of the city’s Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists
  • proclaim May 2011 as bike month in South Bend
  • announce upcoming events in May, including Bike the Bend (May 15) and Bike to Work Week (May 16-20)
  • note other recent accomplishments.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Morris lobby.

Chris Dressel, South Bend Bicycle Coordinator, contributed to this post.

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