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Bicycle Vanity License Plate for Indiana

Posted by Danny Graber on February 28, 2010

Bicycle Indiana, a state-wide bicycling advocacy agency, is applying to Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles for a bicycling vanity plate. The success of this application promises to bring much needed funding for bicycling improvements throughout the state.

In order to make the applications successful, we need a minimum of 500 signed pledges by March 15. Can you commit to buying a plate starting mid-2010 or on your next renewal following that? If so, please sign the pledge sheet at a local bike shop or mail or fax your own form to Bicycle Indiana (additional details below). If you have two vehicles that you want to buy a plate for, have a second adult in your household sign as well.

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Indiana Bicycle Summit Date is Fast Approaching — Oct. 17

Posted by Danny Graber on October 2, 2009

Don’t forget Bicycle Indiana’s upcoming Bicycle Summit! If you go online and register before Oct. 10 you will be eligible for the drawing for door prizes. If you register after that, you will just have to watch. Bicycle Indiana is working hard to get a state-wide coalition in motion that will change the bicycling culture in Indiana, including new bicyle laws. We need your support! For additional motivation and information, please see this flyer (PDF).

Krista Rettig, Trek Bicycle Corparation’s Advocacy Director, will be the keynote speaker. And don’t forget the free a.m. bike ride along with lunch. You can view brief speaker biographies here (PDF).  See you there!

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Inaugural Bicycle Indiana Summit News Update

Posted by Danny Graber on September 10, 2009

Krista Rettig, Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs for Trek Bicycle Corp, will be the keynote speaker for the Inaugural Bicycle Indiana Summit. Jeff Peel, Program Specialist for Bicyle Frindly Communties, will be present. He will be one of the seminar presenters. See the previous post for information about the summit.

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First Ever Bicycle Indiana Summit, Indianapolis, Oct. 17

Posted by Danny Graber on September 8, 2009

Bicycle Indiana (formerly Indiana Bicycle Coalition) is holding its inaugural bicycle summit on Saturday, Oct. 17. The registration fee of $30 ($25 for BI members) includes a package of a forenoon bike ride, lunch, and afternoon bicycle seminars. The ride will take you to points of interest in Indianapolis. The afternoon seminars cover various bicycling topics, including advocacy, bicycle fitting, and safety.

For complete information go to and hold your cursor over “Summit” for different pages of information. If you want to register go to You can also view and print a flyer in PDF format.

If you have questions not answered on the website, contact Danny Graber at (574) 266-4265; (574) 370-6192; or e-mail at

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What to do with a worn out tube — Make friends with Fido

Posted by Danny Graber on July 17, 2009

Old inner tubes are welcomed for recycling by The small company uses tubes to make attractive dog collars and leashes. Just think — Fido may develop a respect for cyclists instead of treating us like lunch. Cycle Dog, based in bike-friendly Portland, Oregon, invites individuals and shops to send expired tubes so the rubber doesn’t end up in landfills. All sizes are accepted. From Newsletter Issue No. 402 – 07/16/09: This entry was written by John Yoder/Goshen.

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Nappanee Community Memorial Bike Ride — July 11

Posted by Danny Graber on July 3, 2009

The Nappanee community invites all bicyclists to join them for a memorial ride to remember those from the community who have died while bicycling to work. There are two stages to this event: 1) the six-mile memorial ride starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Summit Street entrance into Stauffer Park in Nappanee, and 2) prior to the memorial ride, the Nappanee Area Cycling Club (NACC) is hosting a longer Saturday morning ride of approximately 30 miles — starting at 7:00 a.m., also in Stauffer Park and then ending at the same location at 9:00 a.m.

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Bicycle Safety Course Being Offered, April 14

Posted by Danny Graber on April 1, 2009

Danny Graber, League of American Bicyclists Certified Safety Instructor, is offering a Traffic Skills 101 safety course on Tuesday, April 14. The class will run from 8:00 a. m. to mid to late afternoon. The class will be held at the South Bend YMCA.

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Invitation – Indiana Bicycle Coalition Annual Meeting

Posted by Danny Graber on March 18, 2009

The Indiana Bicycle Coalition (IBC) is holding its annual meeting Saturday, Apr. 18, in Carmel. I would like to see various people from this area attend. This invitation is open to everyone. You can see a flyer for this event in PDF format HERE.

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‘Bike Elkhart’ Holds First Meeting

Posted by Danny Graber on February 21, 2009

This past Thurs.  (Feb. 19) Danny Graber and Frank Cassella of All About Cycling and Fitness convened the first meeting of what will become the fourth bicycling advocacy group in the Michiana region. This follows the examples set by Bike Michiana in South Bend, Goshen Bikes, and Michiana Bike Safety Awareness  in Nappanee.

If our first meeting is any indication of the level of enthusiasm displayed then we will have a vibrant and efffective group. It is amazing to see the drive people have to get bicycling into the forefront.  It is equally amazing to see all the individuals coming out of the different grains in the woodwork, metaphorically speaking.

Our name is tentatively “Bike Elkhart” but we still have more discussion and organizing to do before we settle on our “formal” existence. Our next meeting is scheduled for Mar. 5, 7:00 p.m., 1st Presbyterian Church in Elkhart on Beardsley. New members are welcome. For more information call Danny Graber at 266-4265 or Frank Cassella at 294-7243.

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Oregon Congressman / Cycling Advocate Featured in New York Times

Posted by Danny Graber on January 14, 2009

A Bicycle Evangelist With the Wind Now at His Back

Published: January 13, 2009 in the New York Times

Earl Blumenauer, the founder and proprietor of the Congressional Bicycle Caucus, advocates cycling as a remedy for everything from
climate change to obesity.

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