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You guys drove here? You guys are crazy.

Posted by Paul Taylor on January 30, 2012

Being an advocate for bikes as a transportation alternative, I’ve got to share this story with you from the Miami Herald. It’s a report on one of professional basketball’s  best athletes, LeBron James: a native of Ohio who is currently playing for the Miami Heat. Here’s the report. Read the rest of this entry »


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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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2011 Bicycle Indiana Commuter Challenge – “Ride Your Drive” and win

Posted by Paul Taylor on July 30, 2011

Hoosier cyclists (and Wolverines making trips in Indiana) are taking to the road in a new commuting competition. You can earn bragging rights and win cool stuff by registering for the Challenge, “riding your drive” and logging your miles at

An eligible “trip” is any ride that replaces an automobile trip (in other words, one in which you “ride your drive”). Cyclists can compete individually and/or as part of a team for honors in the top mileage and most commuter trip categories. The Competition started July 1, but it’s not too late to sign up and join in the fun. If you know the trips and mileage you have done since July 1, enter those miles retroactively. The contest ends on Sept. 30. While you don’t have to be on a team to participate, if you select Bike Michiana as your team and allow your mileage/trips to count in with others, Michiana cycling efforts are more likely to be  recognized.

Bicycle Indiana will award prizes to the top three individual mileage and trip achievements and to the top club/group for mileage and trips. The top teams will win a “virtual trophy” that will remain on Bicycle Indiana’s Web site for one year. Club/group winners will be determined by the combined mileage or trips of the overall club/group members and not the registered competitors.

For the competition, a trip is defined as one leg of a ride. For example, a ride to work and back home is considered two trips; a ride to the store, then to dinner and then back home would count as three trips.

For more information and to register, visit Commuter Challenge. South Bend is a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community. Goshen is an Honorable Mention Bicycle Friendly Community. I encourage everyone to join the Bike Michiana team to show that we deserve those awards.

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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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USA Today video on Bike Commuting

Posted by Phil G-E on June 5, 2010

Very nice video piece on bicycle commuting from USA Today can be found HERE.

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Goshen preps for roll out of Bike to Work Week

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 5, 2010

Already home to the Maple City Greenway, and the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Goshen is encouraging people to leave cars at home for the week and ride bikes to work. 

Mayor Allan Kauffman, along with the newly formed Maple City Bicycle Advisory Committee, are excited to promote Bike to Work Week to residents of Goshen, for the week of May 24-May 28. As press releases and photo ops are being planned, city employees are already signing up at 

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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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LA Times article “Bikes and cars: Can we share the road?”

Posted by Phil G-E on November 1, 2009

Bikes and cars: Can we share the road? By Christie Aschwanden

Photo by Ken Kwok, LA Times

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Why I Ride: Winter Edition

Posted by Adam Bee on October 13, 2008

Phil G-E’s post on winter cycling (below) reminded me of my all-time favorite ad:

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