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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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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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Amazing Bike Event in Downtown Goshen

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 8, 2011

On the First Friday of every month – throughout the year – businesses, artists, and entertainers throw a party in downtown Goshen. On May 6, Goshen’s First Fridays event will be all about bikes with several special events. Organizers encourage event-goers to “bike to First Fridays”.

  • The first annual I Goshen Bicycle Criterium: There will be three races for riders of various skill levels.
  • Bicycle Safety & Info booth: Learn helpful hints about bicycle safety: from how to properly fit a helmet to pumping up tires. Free bicycle registration available. They will also have information on the endless bicycle trails in Elkhart County.
  • Bike Decorating Contest: Participants will, deck out their bikes, Pedal, and Participate!
  • A  Family Bicycle Parade will follow the decorating contest.
  • Girl Scouts Pedal Car Derby: Human powered and eco-friendly transportation for the little tykes.

On May 6, the emphasis is on bicycling because May is National Bike Month, and May 16-20 is National Bike to Work Week.

For more information visit The First Fridays Website

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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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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 http://michianabiketowork.org/challenge/index.php. 

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National Ride of Silence in Goshen

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 11, 2009

Don Poole is putting together a local ride as part of the National Ride of Silence that will take place on May 20th @ 7:00 PM in Goshen. If you are not familiar, The Ride of Silence is a memorial ride of approx 12 miles , ridden at a slow pace  to call attention to the fact that riders have the right to share the road and to remember those who have been killed or injured by cars over the years.

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