Jun 232015

studebakerSouth Bend, Ind. The city of South Bend is filled with history and the Bike Michiana Coalition is trying to get the community to see some of the city’s historic sites.

On Saturday at 8 a.m., families or individuals can take advantage of that opportunity by registering for the Studebaker Bendix Heritage Trail bike ride.

“Normally it’s a driving tour but this is a special day to end bike to work week,” said Evie Kirkwood of St. Joseph County Parks.

Riders will get the opportunity to tour some of the city’s most unique buildings that are not available to tour on a regular basis.

Some of these buildings include the former Bendix Headquarters, now known as Curtis Products, with a tour of the fourth floor that includes Vincent Bendix’s office.

The Studebaker Clubhouse at Bendix Woods County Park will also be open along with St. Paul’s Church built by one of the Studebaker brothers.

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May 222015
Annualized Data Chart

Annualized Data Chart

May 14 marked the third year that bicycle and pedestrian traffic has been documented in Michiana. Counts were made at seven locations: all were within the norms established in the prior two years of counting, except for the Orange Street site where annualized bicycle traffic was the lowest since counting began in the summer of 2012.

The May 2015 counts were significantly lower than the same month in 2014. Weather may have been a factor. May 8, 2014 was a sunny 88°, while May 14, 2015 was cloudy and 63°. Direct comparisons could be made for 5 sites: all of them had reduced traffic by over half (55%).

The counts are conducted by volunteers, and adjustment factors are applied to annualize the counts. The Michiana counts are part of the National Bicycle/Pedestrian Documentation Project. The chart at the left shows the projected annualized traffic. Click on the chart to zoom in.

Apr 292015
Once again this year Bike Michiana Coalition is joining with Fiddler’s Hearth to offer prizes for the National Bike Challenge. The top ten male and female participants in the BMC challenge will be entered in a random drawing and one male and one female will be selected for a $30 Fiddler’s Hearth gift card. Details of the contest will be posted on the Challenge web site.
This summer, the League of American Bicyclists is aiming to unite 75,000 cyclists from across the country to ride 35 million miles. The National Bike Challenge is a fun, free activity. It’s never too soon or too late to join. Participants ride their bikes for fun, to work, on the trail—anytime they can.
Click the link below to sign up. You will automatically be entered as an individual, a member of your city or community, and a member of your state. Those with a St. Joseph or Elkhart County address will also be part of the Bike Michiana Challenge. The challenge lasts for four months: May 1st through September 30th.
For more information and to sign up, go to www.nationalbikechallenge.org!


Apr 222015

Bike Michiana Coalition is celebrating spring by teaching bicycle safety classes to local elementary school students. The lessons include bicycle “rules of the road, trails, and sidewalks”.

The classes are tailored to third grad students because this is the development stage when children begin to ride their bike independently. The purpose is to teach safety rules at the appropriate age with the goal of establishing, life long safety habits thereby reducing the risk of injuries. The main repeated topic is to “wear and appropriate fitted helmet every time you ride your bike”

Demonstrations include the reasons for wearing a helmet, wearing bright clothing to be visible, hand signals to be predictable. A cyclist volunteer demonstrates the ABCs of checking the bike before riding. This is the sixth year of presenting this very important message of bicycle safety. The program is funded by Bike Michiana Coalition, Michiana Bicycle Association, Bike the Bend, and community grants. Volunteers team teach the one hour prepared program.

The biggest expense is the purchase of helmets which are fit and distributed without charge. The students “earn” their helmet by participating in the class and promising to wear their helmet every time they ride their bike.

The program grows every year and is possible because of monetary donations to buy helmets and by volunteers who give so generously of their time.

We invite you to join this most rewarding team of volunteers by helping with fitting and eventually teach a small segment of the class.

Contact judyalee@embarqmail.com or Jo Broden  brodenjm@aol.com

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