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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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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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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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Inaugural ‘Share the Road….Every Life Counts’ Procession

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 15, 2012

Wednesday, May 2nd

Call for Riders, Walkers, Drivers and Wheelchair Users in South Bend, Indiana


A coalition of local citizens seeking to promote road-sharing awareness and enhance area transportation safety announces its inaugural Share the Road….Every Life Counts procession, Wednesday, May 2. This event is the first of its kind featuring a positive, proactive approach to urge road-sharing awareness. All citizens are encouraged to join the Share the Road….Every Life Counts procession.

The procession can be joined by bicyclists, motorcyclists and motorists at the Medical Plaza parking lot immediately north of the Indiana 23 Toll Road overpass at 5:30 p.m. Citizens wishing to walk, parents with strollers and wheelchair users will meet at Howard Park at 6:15. Read the rest of this entry »

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IMBA To Visit Trail Build At Bendix Woods – April 14

Posted by nimbabike on April 10, 2012

Andy Williamson, the Great Lakes region representative for IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) will be attending the NIMBA Bendix Woods trail workday on April 14, from 10 to 2. Andy will be sharing information regarding IMBA and what’s happening with Mountain Biking at a national, regional and state level over lunch with the trail builders. Come out and help NIMBA finish the trail at Bendix Woods and hear what’s happening in the Mountain Biking world. For more information contact NIMBA at NIMBA.BIKE @GMAIL.COM

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