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Archive for May, 2011

Safe Cycling Course in June

Posted by Henry Scott on May 29, 2011

The South Bend Parks and Recreation Department is partnering up with Paul Taylor of the Bike Michiana Coalition to offer a safe bicycling course this June.

Traffic Skills 101” is created and endorsed by the League of American Bicyclists. It is a nine-hour course (three evening classes of three hours each) and covers bicycle safety checks, fixing flats, on-bike skills, rules of the road for cyclists and crash avoidance techniques.

This will be a pilot program run as a zero-profit service. The cost to the participant will only cover the expenses of the manual, required testing materials and park resources.

If all goes well and there is interest for continuing instruction, we will consider soliciting grants or sponsorships to help defray this cost and possibly look at more locations and times throughout the year.

More information, including cost, specific dates and times and location can be found at the parks’ website (; on-line registration will be available.

Special thanks to Matthew Moyers, the Special Project Coordinator for South Bend Parks and Recreation for his efforts in arranging the course and for preparing this announcement.

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Scott Kelsey

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 27, 2011

Scott Kelsey, owner of Avenue Bike Station, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep Tuesday night. In recent years, Scott has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis.

There will be a memorial for Scott at Potawatomie Park under the pavilion at 2:00, on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day). Cyclists are invited to come and pay their respects, bringing their bikes as there will be a memorial ride much like the weekly rides from the shop.

Michiana has lost a great guy: Scott has touched a lot of us during his generous, giving life.

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Tragic crash

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 10, 2011

Dateline: Shipshewana, Indiana. Shortly after noon on Mother’s Day, 2011.

Weather: Sunny; 63°; wind calm; visibility 10 miles.

A motorist was eastbound on Ind. 120 and ‘didn’t see’ two bicyclists in front of him, also eastbound. The motor vehicle collided with the rear of one of the bicycles, throwing both the operator and a child passenger from the bike. Both the bicycle operator and the child died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash according to the police report.

More information on the crash are at

Details are sketchy at this point. Hopefully Bike Michiana readers can contribute more information.

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May is Bicycle Month

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 6, 2011

In recognition of the bike, cities and towns across the nation have proclaimed May as Bicycle Month, and May 15 through 21 as Bike to
Work Week.

Michiana is no exception.  South Bend Mayor Luecke and bicycle enthusiasts gathered in the Morris Performing Arts Center on April 28 for special recognition and announcements.

The highlight of the event was the presentation to the city of the Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award. Nancy Tibbett, a representative of the League of American Bicyclists and Executive Director of Bicycle Indiana made the presentation. Several community leaders offered congratulatory comments preceding the unveiling of the official BFC signage which will be seen around the city in coming weeks.

To complete the event, Luecke issued a proclamation making May a Bike Month in South Bend. This is the second year the mayor has issued this proclamation. Pictured above are Judy Lee, President of Bike Michiana Coalition; Steve Luecke, Mayor of South Bend; Nancy Tibbett, Executive Director of Bicycle Indiana; J.V. Peacock, chair of Michiana Bike to Work Week; Glenda Lamont, Director of Bike the Bend; Chris Dressel, South Bend Bicycle Coordinator; Laurie LaDow, Realtor, Cressy and Everett; and  Rob DeCleene, Executive Director, South Bend / Mishawaka Convention and  Visitors Bureau.

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