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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 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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Bike Michiana Coalition funds Bike/Ped Trails

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 23, 2012

The St. Joseph County Parks Foundation and the Friends of the Pumpkinvine have each received $1,000 from the BMC to support development of their trails.

The Parks Foundation will use the funds for development of the IN-MI Trail, to help fill in the gap between Niles, Mich. and Roseland, Ind. The Park’s segment of this trail, the LaSalle Trail, has not yet started construction, and the BMC donation will be added to their trust fund earmarked for the trail.

The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail meanders between Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana in Elkhart County: they will use the funds to help close gaps in the trail. Currently under construction is a 1.2 mile section near Middlebury.

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Bicycles on Amtrak Trains

Posted by Paul Taylor on February 10, 2012

Bikes on an Amtrak Train

As a bicyclist, you know how difficult it can be to transport your bicycle.  The League of Michigan Bicyclists is currently circulating a petition to allow bicycles on Amtrak trains without taking them apart.

The petition says “Seamless multi-modal connections are essential to a sustainable 21st century transportation system. It should be easy for travelers to make connections from one mode of transportation to another”.

Michiana cyclists are encouraged to learn more about the issue and sign the petition. You don’t need to be a Michigan resident to sign.  Click here to take the next step.

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IN-MI Trail News

Posted by Paul Taylor on February 7, 2012

Four things are in the works to move this project closer to completion. The bicycle/pedestrian trail will eventually stretch between Niles, Mich. and Mishawaka, Ind.: and maybe beyond.

Most noteworthy, is the new lease agreement between Niles Township and American Electric Power Co. (AEP) that is in the works. AEP owns a high power line that goes from near the current Niles trail, down to the State Line; they will lease part of the property to Niles Township. Harry Thibault, chairman of the Niles Township Parks Board envisions running the trail down part of that property. Read the rest of this entry »

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New bicycle friendly map published

Posted by Paul Taylor on January 13, 2012

The Southwest Michigan Plan Commission has just published a map that can help cyclists find the best places to ride.  The map shows the low volume roads that cyclists prefer in green. It also highlights roads with a wide shoulder or bike lane. There’s even a listing of state and area parks with a listing of biking and other facilities and you can download it all from www.michigan.gov/mdot-biking.   At that site, you can also download maps and listings from other parts of Michigan and get loads of information on biking in the thumb state.

Because of their size, the maps are pretty cumbersome to look at on line, so you may want to get a hard copy. By this time next month, the maps should also be in the hands of Michigan bike shops, or you can order them from MDOT for $5.00 each, from the web site mentioned above.

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South Bend’s Northside Trail Public Hearing

Posted by Paul Taylor on October 28, 2011

The Bike/Ped trail design has been virtually completed, and will be presented to the public at 6:00 on Wednesday, November 2, at the Nuner Primary Center, located at 2716 Pleasant Street.

In the meeting, the public will learn about the design specifics, as well as the impact the trail may have on the historic structures in the area, and a projected construction timetable. After the presentations, there will be a public statement session where citizens will be invited to offer comments.

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Juniper Road Bike/Ped Path to be extended

Posted by Paul Taylor on October 10, 2011

For bicyclists, one of the most useful county roads is also one of the most intimidating. Local officials recognize that, and hope to do something about it, possibly as early as 2012. Juniper Road is the logical northside route to and from the Notre Dame campus. Read the rest of this entry »

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State of the Cities – South Bend/Mishawaka

Posted by Paul Taylor on February 26, 2011

Earlier this month the mayors of South Bend and Mishawaka stepped up to their podiums to deliver their State of The City addresses.  Throughout their speeches they listed the various accomplishments of their cities in 2010, and laid out plans for 2011 and beyond.

Their addresses were well reported by the media, and it is my intention in this post to elaborate on just one facet of their speeches: alternative transportation. Biking and walking.  A lot is going on that we, as bikers and walkers don’t fully appreciate. Read the rest of this entry »

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