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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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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 website.

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ND Cycling Classic: Race Details and Volunteer Request

Posted by Henry Scott on March 16, 2011

The Notre Dame Cycling Classic weekend will be Saturday, 3/26, and Sunday, 3/27.

This two-day collegiate race series will feature a Team Time Trial (TTT) and Road Race (RR) on Saturday, and a criterium race (crit) on Sunday. Saturday’s TTT and RR will be on county roads just north of Potato Creek State Park, but Sunday’s spectator-friendly crits will involve many high-speed laps around a short course in downtown South Bend.

Volunteers are particularly needed for Saturday’s TTT and RR. If you can spare a few hours helping out it would make a big difference and be greatly appreciated by the ND cycling team. No experience or equipment is necessary to volunteer. If you can volunteer, please add your name by a time slot on their online volunteer spreadsheet and contact Joe Magro ( for further instructions.

Spectators are also welcome for the Saturday’s TTT and RR, but the courses are long enough that racers will only go by every forty minutes or so. Sunday’s crits, however, are ideal for spectators. Racers will go north on Michigan St and south on Main St between Washington and Wayne Streets, and anywhere along the course will be great for fans. Races start at 8:00 a.m., with the Division A Women’s and Men’s races starting at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., respectively.

For more information about the race weekend, including detailed listings of start times and course maps, please see the official event invitation at USA Cycling.

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South Bend Unveils Plan to Complete River Walk

Posted by Henry Scott on February 17, 2011

The City of South Bend has issued a media release regarding its preferred plan to connect the river walk between South Bend and Mishawaka. South Bend’s river walk currently stops at the IUSB campus, but the new section will extend it to Logan St, and thus provide connectivity to the Mishawaka river walk. For more information, please see the city’s media release or the article published today in the South Bend Tribune (freely available for one week).

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Bike the Drive (Chicago): Sun., 5/29

Posted by Henry Scott on February 8, 2011

Have you ever wanted to bike Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, yet without the traffic? Sunday, May 29th will be this year’s Bike the Drive — the one day of the year for which Lake Shore Drive will be open to bicycles, yet closed to cars.

For more information, please visit the official website.

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10th Annual Tour de La Porte: Sunday, 8/28

Posted by Henry Scott on February 1, 2011

The La Porte Hospital Foundation announces the 10th Annual Tour de La Porte

Cycling Events
Date: Sunday, August 28th
Location: La Porte County Fairgrounds (La Porte, IN)
Distances: Choose from 5, 25, 40, 60 or a century (100 mile) ride!

  • Participants receive a free t-shirt while supplies last
  • SAG and Road Support provided 6:00 – 3:00 pm
  • All ages welcome!

Run/Walk Events
Date: Saturday, August 27th
Location: La Porte, IN
Distances: Choose from ½ Marathon, 5K Chip Timed Run, 5K Non-Competitive Walk, or Mini Tour Fun Run (children 4-8 years of age)

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Ride the Divide Film Screening: Sun. January 30th

Posted by Henry Scott on January 7, 2011

NIMBA, with sponsorship from Spin Zone, will host a screening of Ride the Divide as a fundraiser on Sunday, January 30th at 7:00 p.m. in Eck Visitors Center, near the University of Notre Dame.

The film is an award-winning documentary about the 2,700 mile Tour Divide mountain bike race down the Rockies from Canada to Mexico; it won best adventure film at the 2010 Vail Film Festival.

Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance online or $15 at the door. Please check the event’s Facebook page for the latest information.

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The Evolution of South Bend’s Bike Network: 2006 to 2010

Posted by Henry Scott on November 18, 2010

South Bend City Planners Chris Dressel and Michael Divita have prepared a series of images showing the growth of South Bend’s bike network over the past few years. The illustrated routes include separated bike / pedestrian paths, striped bicycle lanes and signed routes. For more detailed images, please visit the City’s bicycle page.

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