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Posts Tagged ‘Bike the Bend’

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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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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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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2011 Bike to Work and Bike The Bend dates announced

Posted by Paul Taylor on August 14, 2010

The 2011 dates for these two popular Michiana events have been announced. Bike the Bend will be Sunday, May 15, 2011. Once again, it will be the kickoff for Michiana Bike to Work Week, which will run from Monday, May 16 through Friday. May 20.

These dates are changed from 2010, and once again puts the Michiana Bike to Work celebration in sync with the national event.

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Michiana gears up for Bike Month

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 30, 2010

May is Bike Month, and cyclists are being encouraged with more than just fair weather to increase their miles and activity levels. Months of planning will culminate in two major cycling events. Publicity is being rolled out for Bike the Bend and Bike to Work Week.

Bike the Bend is an inaugural bike ride for Michiana. It is modeled after Bike the Drive in Chicago and organized rides in other cities where streets become car-free for a few hours: cyclists own the streets. This event, which is ideal family fun, takes place on Sunday, May 23.

Bike to Work Week is an annual event that has grown each year in Michiana. Riders are invited to join teams, usually organized around their workplaces, and enjoy friendly competition with other teams. The week features two special events where cyclist gather in downtown South Bend to enjoy camaraderie and some good eats. Bike to Work Week  takes place from Monday, May 24 through Friday, May 28.

Biking infrastructure is improving too, as South Bend Mayor Stephen Luecke has announced over 10 miles of new city bike routes in 2010. And the Bike Michiana Coalition has purchased new portable bike parking racks to be set up for special Michiana biking events.

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