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Michiana bike/ped counts

Posted by Paul Taylor on August 22, 2012

Michiana has joined a national effort to collect biking and walking usage data. Volunteers are needed to maintain this effort, and make South Bend and Michiana a leader in healthful recreation and non-motorized transportation. The next count dates are Sept 11, 12 & 13.  Volunteers for one or all three dates are welcome.

One of the greatest challenges facing the bicycle and pedestrian field is the lack of documentation on usage and demand. Without accurate and consistent demand

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Michiana counts bicycle and pedestrian traffic

Posted by Paul Taylor on July 1, 2012

The City of South Bend, along with bicycle advocates has begun the process of collecting non-motorized traffic counts. On June 14, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, eight volunteers joined the South Bend Bicycle Coordinator staff in conducting the counts at eight sites in and around South Bend.

All of the count sites were in South Bend, except for Juniper Road, which is in St. Joseph County, just north of the Notre Dame campus. All of the South Bend sites are on a Bike/Ped path or on a street with striped bike lanes; Juniper road was selected, largely because it is slated to be upgraded for safer bicycle traffic in the near future, and this count will make a good baseline. These same sites will be counted periodically, and additional sites will be added in the future.  Volunteer counters were recruited from the Bike Michiana Coalition, Bike the Bend, and Indiana University at South Bend. In order to expand the program, additional volunteers will be needed.

With this count, Michiana is partnering and sharing data with the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Project whose effort provides a consistent model of ongoing data collection for use by planners, governments, and bicycle and pedestrian professionals.

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Share the Road…Every Life Counts procession was a success

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 5, 2012


About 70 cyclists, along with over a dozen walkers/runners, and motor vehicles joined in the procession meant to draw attention to the need for all users to share the roadway and crosswalks. The procession concluded at the County-City building in downtown South Bend where there was a press conference, and short speeches by local dignitaries. The gathered crowd seemed especially inspired by the words of Yatish Yoshi, the chairman of the event.  I am re-printing his speech below, and it is well worth reading.

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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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Inaugural ‘Share the Road….Every Life Counts’ Procession

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 15, 2012

Wednesday, May 2nd

Call for Riders, Walkers, Drivers and Wheelchair Users in South Bend, Indiana

A coalition of local citizens seeking to promote road-sharing awareness and enhance area transportation safety announces its inaugural Share the Road….Every Life Counts procession, Wednesday, May 2. This event is the first of its kind featuring a positive, proactive approach to urge road-sharing awareness. All citizens are encouraged to join the Share the Road….Every Life Counts procession.

The procession can be joined by bicyclists, motorcyclists and motorists at the Medical Plaza parking lot immediately north of the Indiana 23 Toll Road overpass at 5:30 p.m. Citizens wishing to walk, parents with strollers and wheelchair users will meet at Howard Park at 6:15. Read the rest of this entry »

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South Bend and Mishawaka government forums

Posted by Paul Taylor on August 26, 2011

It’s a job interview for the candidates running for Mishawaka and South Bend mayor and common council. It’s a chance for cyclists to meet & greet the candidates, learn their views, and let them know yours. The Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County and the Young Professionals Network (YPN), in partnership with the South Bend Tribune and WSBT Stations, will present two Mayoral Candidate Forums.

South Bend Candidates – 9/8/2011 – 6:30 – 8 PM @ College Football Hall of Fame

Mishawaka Candidates – 9/14/2011 – 6:30 – 8:30 PM @ Riverside Terrace

Get to know the candidates and how they stand on important issues. This may be your only chance
to see the candidates at one time. There is no admission charge, and reservations are not required. For more invormation click  for South Bend or for Mishawaka.

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May is Bicycle Month

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 6, 2011

In recognition of the bike, cities and towns across the nation have proclaimed May as Bicycle Month, and May 15 through 21 as Bike to
Work Week.

Michiana is no exception.  South Bend Mayor Luecke and bicycle enthusiasts gathered in the Morris Performing Arts Center on April 28 for special recognition and announcements.

The highlight of the event was the presentation to the city of the Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award. Nancy Tibbett, a representative of the League of American Bicyclists and Executive Director of Bicycle Indiana made the presentation. Several community leaders offered congratulatory comments preceding the unveiling of the official BFC signage which will be seen around the city in coming weeks.

To complete the event, Luecke issued a proclamation making May a Bike Month in South Bend. This is the second year the mayor has issued this proclamation. Pictured above are Judy Lee, President of Bike Michiana Coalition; Steve Luecke, Mayor of South Bend; Nancy Tibbett, Executive Director of Bicycle Indiana; J.V. Peacock, chair of Michiana Bike to Work Week; Glenda Lamont, Director of Bike the Bend; Chris Dressel, South Bend Bicycle Coordinator; Laurie LaDow, Realtor, Cressy and Everett; and  Rob DeCleene, Executive Director, South Bend / Mishawaka Convention and  Visitors Bureau.

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Third grade students are taught bicycle safety.

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 19, 2011

Third grader at Muessel School is fitted with a helmet

Safety classes are given to all Mishawaka 3rd grade students, and a growing number of South Bend students. As bicycles are used more and more for practical transportation, these safety classes are becoming more important each year.

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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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Bike/Ped infrastructure upgrades in St. Joseph County, IN

Posted by Paul Taylor on January 27, 2011

In a recent post, I commented on a new Marshall County Bike/Ped path in Plymouth. Today I am concentrating on St. Joe County. Cyclists look at the huge need for friendlier places for biking and walking, and often get discouraged. But progress is being made.  Listed below are nine improvements in the county that have been recently completed, or are on the drawing board for the near future.

Mishawaka Riverwalk

Some would say the Mishawaka Riverwalk is the most impressive project in the county. It would be hard to make a case against that claim. The path that hugs the St. Joseph River complements the overhaul from a toxic industrial area in city center to an urban area that is as good as any around. It also is a part of the IN-MI Trail. Mainly along the north bank of the river, the trail extends from the Mishawaka City Limits on the west (Logan St.), almost to Cedar St. on the east, a distance of over 1.3 miles. Read the rest of this entry »

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