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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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Mishawaka Mayoral Election news

Posted by Paul Taylor on October 17, 2011

The Bike Michiana Coalition (BMC) sent an online  questionnaire to the candidates for mayor in Mishawaka.  The questionnaire consisted of nine questions.
Dave Wood responded, while Craig Fry did not.  Listed below are the questions and answers to
the questionnaire from Wood. Since Fry did not respond, the BMC has resorted to
a South Bend Tribune report and on archived web site posts to shed light on Fry’s
stance on bicycling. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 (http://sbpark.org); 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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Third grade students are taught bicycle safety.

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 19, 2011

Third grader at Muessel School is fitted with a helmet

Safety classes are given to all Mishawaka 3rd grade students, and a growing number of South Bend students. As bicycles are used more and more for practical transportation, these safety classes are becoming more important each year.

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The year in review – good things cycling in 2010

Posted by Paul Taylor on January 2, 2011

This is the time of year to reflect on accomplishments for the year just ended. Here is a short summary of Michiana good things cycling.

Bike to Work Week saw miles ridden in The Corporate Challenge increase to 26,154 from 16,179 (an increase of 74%). Also the number of teams increased to 119 from 111 (an increase of 7%) and South Bend closed off a street so the Bike Michiana Coalition could host an organic blueberry pancake breakfast.

Bike Michiana for Hospice saw the number of riders increase to 475 from 273 (an increase of 102%). Increases are expected again in 2011 since several new features will be added, including a 200 mile route. Read the rest of this entry »

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South Bend gets bicycle marching orders

Posted by Paul Taylor on December 1, 2010

The city shows off its new BFC sinage. Soon these signs will dot the highways and byways of South Bend.

The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) has given South Bend very specific guidelines on how to maintain and enhance its designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community. In all, there were some 41 recommendations, but five stand out as being the most important. Currently, The City has a Bronze Level rating. By incorporating some of these suggestions, South Bend could advance to the next level, which is Silver. Here are the suggestions from the LAB:

1.       Continue to expand public education campaigns to promote the share the road message and the rights and responsibilities of all users. There are some new tools for you to use. See a new motorist education video at http://www.bikelib.org/safety-education/motorists/driver-education/ It is vital to make motorists and cyclists aware of their rights and responsibilities on the road. Also, see the excellent Look Campaign from New York City: http://www.nyc.gov/html/look/html/about/about_us_text.shtml and use the valuable information from the League’s Ride Better Tips in your outreach education and encouragement efforts. See the Ride Better Tips pages at http://www.bikeleague.org/resources/better/index.php

 2.       Make stronger connections between bicycling community and law enforcement. Ensure that police officers are educated on the “Share the Road” message and have general knowledge regarding traffic law as it applies to bicyclists. The city should implement regular training for officers on this like an Enforcement for Bicycle Safety seminar. This is a great continuing education opportunity for law enforcement. http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/bikesafe/case_studies/casestudy.cfm?CS_NUM=801

 3.       Adopt a Complete Streets policy and offer implementation guidance. Every street should accommodate bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists and transit users of all abilities and ages. http://www.completestreets.org/

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USA Today video on Bike Commuting

Posted by Phil G-E on June 5, 2010

Very nice video piece on bicycle commuting from USA Today can be found HERE.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid30317506001?bctid=89320847001

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Bike Michiana receives $5,500 for education

Posted by Paul Taylor on January 15, 2010

Bike education for third-graders

Judy Lee has been piloting safety classes for 3rd graders and has been splitting her efforts between the pilot education program and a search for funding sources. The education program has been a resounding success, and now her search for funding is beginning to succeed.

 The Michiana Bicycle Association has donated $1,000 and Memorial Hospital’s Community Health Enhancement has granted $4,500. When added to the Bike Michiana Coalition’s internal funding of $1,000 the funds will go a long way towards safety education for kids. 

Lee has isued a plea for volunteers to help with the growing program. She said “This is a great opportunity for cyclists who want to volunteer.” It also is a great opportunity for folks who enjoy working with children, even though they have no special knowledge of cycling. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Lee at JudyALee@embarqmail.com.

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Bike Michiana Coalition lends financial support for biking and walking

Posted by Paul Taylor on January 1, 2010

The coalition has earmarked $3,500 for support of bicycle advocacy, infrastructure and safety.

Three specific programs have been identified, and funding has been set aside to support them. The programs are Children’s Education, South Bend Bike Lanes, and the LaSalle Trail.
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Door zone safety

Posted by Paul Taylor on August 25, 2009

Do you know anyone who has been ‘doored’? By that, I mean riding alongside parked cars, and having a driver or passenger open their door into the path of the bicyclist. It’s not uncommon, although I personally know of only one such crash. The experienced adult cyclist suffered a broken arm.

There have been cases where the cyclist has fallen under the wheels of an overtaking vehicle, resulting in serious injury or death. Here’s what the League of American Bicyclists has to say.

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