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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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2012 Bike Michiana For Hospice

Posted by aarondivine on August 20, 2012

The 4th Annual Bike Michiana for Hospice ride will be held September 16, 2012. The rides venture through the scenic beauty of South Bend – home to the University of Notre Dame – and the surrounding Michiana area. The various routes will take you by forests, gently rolling hills, lakes, vineyards and wineries.

SIX SCENIC COURSES

  • 3.5 – 11.5 Family Ride (you choose)
  • 25 Miles
  • 43 Miles
  • 100k (67 miles)
  • 101 Miles/Century Ride
  • 200k (124 miles)

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Amishland and Lakes

Posted by dickkuehl on July 2, 2012

The Amishland and Lakes bike tour will be August 3-5 this year. The Amishland ride is one of the longest running rides in the area with this year’s being the 38th annual ride. The ride takes place over three days with the ride headquartered on the campus of The Howe School in Howe, Indiana.

The home base for the Amishland and Lakes ride is The Howe School (formerly known as The Howe Military Academy). The school campus provides many amenities that are perfect for the ride; it is in the middle of Amish country, it is a short hop to the lake country of Michigan, it has dorms, a gym for sleeping bag camping, showers, a dining hall, an auditorium and plenty of space for tent and trailer camping. There are also many hotels and B&B’s in the area to provide overnight accommodations for riders.

On Friday afternoon there are two warm up routes (14 and 32 miles) with the longer route going into Shipshewana. This year there will be a mini-SAG stop halfway between Howe and Shipshewana.

The Amishland portion of the ride is on Saturday when the tour heads south into the Amish countryside over scenic and relatively flat roads. Riders have a choice of 25, 36, 50, 63 or 100 mile routes. Over the years, the local Amish have become informal participants in the event. Amish children will sit in their yards along the route and wave to riders as they go by. Many Amish families set up stands to sell baked goods, drinks and even root beer floats to ride participants.

The Lakes portion of the tour is on Sunday when riders head north into the lake country of southwestern Michigan. Distance options are 22, 34, 47 or 59 miles. The 22 mile route is relatively flat, the longer routes do have some hills. This year there will be live music by Acoustic Justice at the Sunday Sturgis SAG stop.

SAG food is a highlight of the ride with an emphasis on locally grown fresh fruits such as blueberries, watermelon and muskmelon. After the ride on Saturday there will be an ice cream social with free ice cream and entertainment featuring the Goldmine Pickers, a popular bluegrass band.

For more information see the ride website: www.amishlandlakes.com

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3-For-3 Triathlon: August 26

Posted by Henry Scott on June 5, 2012

Three local organizations, The Center for the Homeless, The YMCA of Michiana, and the Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center, are hosting a triathlon on Sunday, August 26th, at the Michiana YMCA in South Bend.

Notably, this event will have an interesting twist: for those interested, the swim leg may be substituted with a kayaking leg on the St. Joseph River!

Please visit the official event site for full details.

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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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Goshen Bicycle to Work Week starts May 14

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 12, 2012

Ride with Mayor Allan Kauffman on Monday, May 14, to kick off Goshen’s Bicycle-to-Work Week. The City’s Week is May 14-18, and the Maple City Bicycle Advisory Committee (MCBAC) is encouraging people in Goshen to consider the possibility of biking to work that week.

As a way to kick off the week, the MCBAC has asked Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman to lead an after-work “Mayor’s Ride” on Monday, May 14. Any interested cyclist is welcome to join the 4.5 mile ride. Last year the first Mayor’s Ride attracted about thirty riders. Read the rest of this entry »

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Share the Road…Every Life Counts procession was a success

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 5, 2012

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About 70 cyclists, along with over a dozen walkers/runners, and motor vehicles joined in the procession meant to draw attention to the need for all users to share the roadway and crosswalks. The procession concluded at the County-City building in downtown South Bend where there was a press conference, and short speeches by local dignitaries. The gathered crowd seemed especially inspired by the words of Yatish Yoshi, the chairman of the event.  I am re-printing his speech below, and it is well worth reading.

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Michiana Bike Month is filled with May events

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 25, 2012

A few years back (2005 if my memory serves me correctly), area cyclists joined the National Bike to Work week with a local event centered at the College Football Hall of Fame. Organizers provided coffee, Danish pastry, and a selection of healthful fruits as bikers stopped off on their way to work. Since then…wow. The activities during Bike Month have exploded. Below, I am listing the Michiana events that come to mind, and I’m asking readers to add those I was not aware of, or have overlooked.

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