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South Bend named Bicycle Friendly Community

Posted by Paul Taylor on September 16, 2010

Michiana officials cut ribbon opening South Bend's Riverside Bike/Pedestrian trail on May 7, 2010. This trail was one of the many reasons the city earned the BFC designation.

In an elite quality-of-life measure, South Bend has become the first community in northern Indiana to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists for its “remarkable commitment” to promoting bicycling.

The designation places South Bend among 158 communities in 43 states (four in Indiana) for their demonstrated ability in providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging residents to bike for transportation and recreation. Together, they represent the top one-half of 1 percent of the nearly 30,000 incorporated U.S. cities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bicycle friendly bills die in 2010 Indiana Legislature

Posted by Paul Taylor on March 13, 2010

Two bills were introduced this year: SB361 Bicycles and Traffic Safety, and HB1182 Complete Streets. Both died.

The Bicycles and Traffic Safety bill was almost identical to a bill that nearly passed in 2009, but it failed to gain traction this year.

The Complete Streets bill would have benefited pedestrians as much, perhaps more, than cyclist. It would have given Indiana a legal description of a ‘Complete Street’: a street or roadway designed for all users (not just motor vehicles).

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SB0361 – New bicycle bill for 2010 is introduced

Posted by Paul Taylor on January 18, 2010

In 2009 a bill was introduced and passed both chambers of the legislature, but died in the reconciliation process.

A similar bill, SB0361 has been introduced by Sen. John Broden. This bill is nearly identical to the 2009 bill as passed by the House. The bill has most of the provisions requested by cyclists, but also contains some objectionable provisions. In all, most cyclists agree that it is a giant step forward, and can win enough votes to become law.

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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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Changing of the guard at Bike Michiana Coalition

Posted by Paul Taylor on December 21, 2009

There have been three changes in the Board of Directors. Jeff Nixa who has been president since the coalition was formed in 2008 is resigning due to personal reasons, not the least of which is his mother’s health. Many area cycling advocates still fondly recall a snowy January evening at Nixa’s home where he brought together a group which eventually became the Bike Michiana Coalition.
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Police, bike advocacy groups & schools join hands for safety

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 27, 2009

The Indiana Bicycle Coalition, Bike Michiana Coalition, and Michiana Bicycle Association spearhead a bicycle safety class and helmet give-away for third graders. Read about it in the South Bend Tribune.

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More Goshen Bike Lanes information

Posted by Phil G-E on August 21, 2008

The following is an edited version* of an email exchange between a Goshen Bikes participant and Mary Cripe, one of the city engineers  The content of this exchange focuses on areas on the southeastern side of Goshen. Thanks to Elizabeth Yoder for making the effort and passing along the information.

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