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Families still recovering and adjusting to Michiana cyclists deaths

Posted by Paul Taylor on November 7, 2012

On Thursday, June 7, 2012, a car crossed the centerline on a rural Elkhart County road and hit two cyclists head-on, killing them both. One died at the scene, the other died hours later in an area hospital from blunt force trauma to his chest. The driver of the car was allegedly high on Methamphetamine. He is currently sitting in jail, awaiting trial on two counts of “causing the death of another person while operating a vehicle, under the influence of a controlled substance”: Class B felonies. He is a resident of Goshen, and faces up to 40 years in prison for the counts. The teens were David Anglemyer, 18, and Daniel Runion, 19, of Goshen. They were best of buddies.
The families are still trying to cope with the losses, both emotional and financial. A benefit is being held at Hansen’s Holiday Skating Rink, 28736 CR 20, Elkhart, IN on Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Proceeds will help the boy’s families raise the money needed to cover funeral costs and other additional expenses. Daniel was an avid roller skater, and according to Christie, his sister, the skating rink was his “fav place in the world”.

For more information, go to the Daniel and Davids Memorial Fund

Information for this post was from the Elkhart Truth, South Bend Tribune, and the Runion family.

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South Bend completes the newest segment of the IN-MI Trail

Posted by Paul Taylor on October 26, 2012

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The grand opening for the Northside Bike/Ped Trail is scheduled for 10:00 AM Friday, November 2.   Mayors Pete Buttigieg of South Bend and Dave Wood of Mishawaka will join in the event, which will be held at the former intersection of Logan St. and Northside Blvd. Limited parking is available on Northside Blvd with more on 36th Street between Northside and Pleasant St. The best parking for folks wanting to ride the ceremonial opener should ‘park and ride’ from the Veterans Park lot on Northside Blvd. just below and east of the Twyckenham bridge. (Remember: Twyckenham goes OVER the Blvd. and does not intersect.)

Northside Blvd. has a completely new look, as it is no longer a through street, and is useful only to local residents and those enjoying the bike/ped trail. The historic depression-era stone walls have been neatly restored, and attractive lighting complements the entire trail.

A short ride is scheduled to help celebrate the opening, and the public is invited to bring their bikes and join in.

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Juniper Road to get bicycle upgrade

Posted by Paul Taylor on August 29, 2012

A much used bike  corridor in St. Joseph County is getting either a bike lane or bike paths. Juniper Road is one of the few streets that allow cyclists to cross the I-80/90 Toll Road and it is also a popular gateway to the Notre Dame campus from the north.

On Tuesday, the county Board of Commissioners gave the project the go-ahead, and Andy Kostielney, a commissioner said he is hopeful the work can begin by early next year.

See the full story in the South Bend Tribune.

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Michiana bike/ped counts

Posted by Paul Taylor on August 22, 2012

Michiana has joined a national effort to collect biking and walking usage data. Volunteers are needed to maintain this effort, and make South Bend and Michiana a leader in healthful recreation and non-motorized transportation. The next count dates are Sept 11, 12 & 13.  Volunteers for one or all three dates are welcome.

One of the greatest challenges facing the bicycle and pedestrian field is the lack of documentation on usage and demand. Without accurate and consistent demand

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Michiana counts bicycle and pedestrian traffic

Posted by Paul Taylor on July 1, 2012

The City of South Bend, along with bicycle advocates has begun the process of collecting non-motorized traffic counts. On June 14, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, eight volunteers joined the South Bend Bicycle Coordinator staff in conducting the counts at eight sites in and around South Bend.

All of the count sites were in South Bend, except for Juniper Road, which is in St. Joseph County, just north of the Notre Dame campus. All of the South Bend sites are on a Bike/Ped path or on a street with striped bike lanes; Juniper road was selected, largely because it is slated to be upgraded for safer bicycle traffic in the near future, and this count will make a good baseline. These same sites will be counted periodically, and additional sites will be added in the future.  Volunteer counters were recruited from the Bike Michiana Coalition, Bike the Bend, and Indiana University at South Bend. In order to expand the program, additional volunteers will be needed.

With this count, Michiana is partnering and sharing data with the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Project whose effort provides a consistent model of ongoing data collection for use by planners, governments, and bicycle and pedestrian professionals.

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Three cyclists killed in Elkhart County

Posted by Paul Taylor on June 8, 2012

In the early morning of June 7, two teenagers were killed in a head-in collision with an automobile, and one cyclists was killed when struck from behind in a hit-and-run. Police think thy have located the hit-and-run vehicle. Details are in the Elkhart Truth:  http://www.etruth.com/article/20120607/NEWS05/706079899

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Three Michiana Businesses Named Bicycle Friendly

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 28, 2012

More than 500,000 American employees now work at a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB), thanks to visionary leadership in the private and public sector. On April 18, the League of American Bicyclists announced 67 new BFBs, who joined the ranks of the 412 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies that are transforming the American workplace.  Over 3,000 of those employees and 3 of the businesses are located in Michiana.

“These leaders are at the forefront of a movement to make American businesses more competitive, sustainable and attractive to the best and brightest employees,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. “An investment in bicycling enhances employee health, increases sustainability and improves the bottom line.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Mountain Biking Training Sessions

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 25, 2012

Is your Mountain Bike growing dusty in the garage or seeing too much pavement? Want to learn how and where to ride a Mountain Bike in Michiana?

The Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association (NIMBA) is holding free “Intro to Mountain Biking” sessions at each of the 4 trails that it maintains. Each session will include a discussion and demonstration of basic Mountain Biking skills followed by a guided ride on the trail where we will put the skills to use and review features of the trail.

What do you need to participate?

  • Bike Helmet
  • Mountain Bike that has brakes and gears in good working order
  • A desire to have fun

The sessions are geared for beginner adult Mountain Bikers, but teens can also attend with an adult. They will be held from 9:30AM – Noon EDT at these locations:

  • 6-16-12 Potato Creek State Park – Peppermint Hill Parking Area
  • 7-14-12 Rum Village Park, South Bend – Nature Center Parking Lot
  • 8-11-12 Bendix Woods County Park – Otahnagon Picnic Area
  • 8-25-12 TK Lawless County Park (MI) – Main Parking Lot

Attend one, or attend them all!  Please RSVP by sending an email to NIMBA.BIKE@GMAIL.COM.

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Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association Midweek Club Time Trial

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 18, 2012

  • This will be a great way for any rider beginner or expert to gauge their improvement or for some just racing for bragging rights with their friends or even just coming out to have some fun, fellowship and getting some quality trail time in.
  • Based on Insurance coverage, the Race is FOR MEMBERS ONLY.
  • Entry is free for NIMBA members (bring your card)
  • NON NIMBA MEMBERS can purchase a NIMBA membership for only $20.  Membership forms will be available at the races.
  • Arrive and sign up before 7 PM, first rider out at 7:10 PM
  • Depending on the venue, we may create a beginner loop.
  • Depending on how many show up, we may create classes.

 

Dates and places

  • TK Lawless May 23
  • TK Lawless May 30
  • Rum Village June 6
  • Rum Village June 13
  • Potato Creek?
  • Bendix Woods?

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Michiana Bike to Work Week 2012: May 21 -27

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 14, 2012

Michiana Bike to Work Week 2012, on the heels of Bike the Bend, kicks off Monday, May 21st and continues into the Memorial Day weekend through Sunday, May 27th throughout the Michiana area. Events for the week include activities for commuting adults, competitive teams, school children, a ride-in luncheon, and an organic blueberry pancake breakfast.

Anyone can join the fun and compete on mileage individually or as teams for recognition and sponsor discounts by registering with friends and co-workers at michianabiketowork.org

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