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Archive for March, 2012

MWCCC Road Championship: April 21-22

Posted by Henry Scott on March 30, 2012

Based on the success of last year’s ND Cycling Classic, The University of Notre Dame has been selected to host the 2012 Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships.

The race series will again include Team Time Trial (TTT), Road Race (RR) and Criterium (crit) events, but it will be even bigger this year with over 300 collegiate cyclists from about forty schools.

As was the case last year, many volunteers will be needed. If you’re free that weekend and can lend a hand, please see below for details on how to get involved.

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April 24th – Save the Date for May 2012 Bike Month Announcement

Posted by Paul Taylor on March 27, 2012

A special press conference will be held, and the center of the news will be bicycles! The announcement will take place at Noon, April 24th at Jon Hunt Plaza (in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center).  Please save the date and bring your bike. If this press conference is like the ones held in the past, the TV stations will want footage of people on bikes, and the more bikes, the better.

The purpose of the announcement is to:  proclaim May 2012 as bike month in South Bend, announce upcoming events in May, including Bike the Bend (May 20) and Bike to Work Week (May 21-25), and note other recent City of South Bend bicycling related accomplishments.

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Michiana Earth & Arbor Festival 2012: LIVE GREEN

Posted by Paul Taylor on March 21, 2012

“Live Green” will serve as the focus for the 25th anniversary of the annual Michiana bioregion celebration for the Earth and Arbor Festival set for exactly one month, Saturday, April 21st, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at South Bend’s Howard Park along the St. Joseph River.

The celebration will be held outside in the park and inside the shelter. Local artists, ecology clubs, green businesses, green pets, a small animal petting zoo, garden clubs, local high school ecology clubs, and Girl Scouts, who wish to share their knowledge of everything green will be on hand to offer examples, hands-on activities, trees, plants, and a wide variety of exhibits in an effort to give local residents a good idea of how they can be successful in their quest to live green.  The Green Pet of the Year will be announced at 9:00 am. Read the rest of this entry »

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NIMBA Workday at Bendix Woods: Sunday, March 25

Posted by Henry Scott on March 20, 2012

The Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association (NIMBA) will be having a Trail Build day at Bendix Woods, this Sunday, 3/25, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and they are looking for helping hands.

If you’d like to participate, enter the park through the gate off of SR2. The gate is just west of the Bosch facility. They will meet at the Otahnagon Shelter area.

They have all the tools needed to build the trail, and volunteers just need to bring a pair of gloves to help out. They will have water and lunch for everyone. Spring time is the best time to build trail so come out an give them a hand!

If you want to get a better understanding of what they are doing when building the trail, check out the following video:

For any additional information, please contact NIMBA president, John Marquardt at the following email address: NIMB.BIKE@GMAIL.COM

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Signs of spring in South Bend

Posted by Paul Taylor on March 12, 2012

New Wayfinding signs have been recently installed, joining the Bicycle Friendly Community signs which were erected earlier this spring.

A South Bend Bicycle Wayfinding Committee looked at several sign formats used in United States and European cities before selecting the final design. Chris Dressel, South Bend Bicycle Coordinator stated that the installed signs represent just the first phase of the project, and cover two bike routes: 1) University of Notre Dame to Downtown South Bend (via Colfax Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue), and 2) Riverside Trail from Darden Road to Angela Blvd. A total of twenty-four signs have been installed in Phase I, which consists of 16 decision signs and 8 confirmation signs. Mike Divita, a South Bend Planner who worked closely with the Wayfinding Committee compares the sign system to other U.S. cities and believes it is second to none.

Dressel thanked the Bike Michiana Coalition, Bike the Bend, and Grass Roots Media for providing support for the first phase and making planning for the next phase possible. The Bike Michiana Coalition and Bike the Bend, each contributed $2,500 to subsidize the signs.

Judy Lee, BMC President’s reaction was immediate. She said it is “like a dream. The hard work of so many is becoming reality.” Betsy Kwiatkowski  exclaimed in an e-mail “I’ve already seen one sign and it looked awesome!” Glenda Lamont, of Bike the Bend agrees that it is “very good news indeed”, and already is looking forward to Phase II.

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