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How they voted

Posted by Paul Taylor on September 26, 2010

As bicyclists focus more attention to the 2010 election campaigns, some will want to keep in mind those candidates with a record that supports safe cycling. In Indiana, there is a good albeit imperfect yardstick for measuring that level of support: how they voted in 2009 on SB553 – the Bicycle and Traffic Safety bill. The majority of incumbents voted in favor of the bill, and it got as far at the reconciliation process before it died.

You can view the SB553 voting records for all Indiana legislators running for re-election at the following site.


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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 receives $5,500 for education

Posted by Paul Taylor on January 15, 2010

Bike education for third-graders

Judy Lee has been piloting safety classes for 3rd graders and has been splitting her efforts between the pilot education program and a search for funding sources. The education program has been a resounding success, and now her search for funding is beginning to succeed.

 The Michiana Bicycle Association has donated $1,000 and Memorial Hospital’s Community Health Enhancement has granted $4,500. When added to the Bike Michiana Coalition’s internal funding of $1,000 the funds will go a long way towards safety education for kids. 

Lee has isued a plea for volunteers to help with the growing program. She said “This is a great opportunity for cyclists who want to volunteer.” It also is a great opportunity for folks who enjoy working with children, even though they have no special knowledge of cycling. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Lee at

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Ghost bikes in the news

Posted by Paul Taylor on September 22, 2009

I first saw ghost bikes in Seattle, WA some five years ago. I didn’t know they had a name, but I did know they made a statement. Then a couple of them sprung up here in Michiana. Today, they made news in the South Bend Tribune. Read the Tribune article here.

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Mishawaka bicyclist hit by car

Posted by Paul Taylor on July 9, 2009

A 14 year old boy was struck in the crosswalk at Niles and Lincoln Way East. From the brief article in the South Bend Tribune, it sounds like this was a classic ‘Ride Out from Sidewalk’ accident: these accidents account for 0.7% of all accidents where the cyclist is entering the roadway. Read the full story. (You’ll need to page down.)

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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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Indiana Senate Bill 553 “Bicycles and Traffic Safety”

Posted by Paul Taylor on January 19, 2009

Senator John Broden of South Bend has introduced Senate Bill 553, which affects bicycles and traffic safety. It has been read and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation & Veterans Affairs.

This bill is a product of the Safety Legislation team formed by Bike Michiana Coalition, and the Indiana Bicycle Coalition.

This is a comprehensive bill that covers a lot of territory.

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2007 Bicycle Traffic Safety Facts Released

Posted by Paul Taylor on December 21, 2008

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published the 2007 crash statistics. There were 698 fatalities and 43,000 injuries. Fifteen of those fatalities were in Indiana, and seventeen in Michigan.

The most vulnerable group were men in the 45 to 54 age range; boys aged 10 to 15 were a distant second. The safest group were women over 75.  Alcohol was a factor in more than one-third of all fatalities.

The NHTSA does not try to interpret the statistics, or assign responsibility for the crashes, but you can read the report here.

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Cycling and Health

Posted by Adam Bee on December 16, 2008

Is cycling good for you or bad for you?

Sure, cycling is almost certainly good for the environment, for our neighborhoods and city, and for adding life to your life (although there are some who might disagree with each of those statements).

At first it might appear obvious to most cyclists that of course cycling is healthy.  The problem is that most non-cyclists don’t believe that to be true, and in qualitative interviews many cite the dangers of cycling as a major barrier to participation.

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Bicycle Trivia Quiz

Posted by Paul Taylor on December 2, 2008

Not trivial stuff here – some pretty important issues

I’m not a lawyer, but I have spent quite a bit of time studying bicycle laws and funding. Some of the things I have learned prompted me to write this little quiz.

Take the quiz now…

Now see the answers…

Here’s more trivia for people who like such stuff…

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