Nov 112015

For as long as Dorreen Carey has been an avid cyclist — decades, in fact — she recalls how she and fellow bikers have yearned for it: “When will the South Shore allow bikes on its trains?”

Then, as Sunday dawns, she and I along with six others make local bike history. We roll our bikes onto the commuter train for a trip to Chicago, where we take a few hours to ride the city’s ample trails, then come home on the train.

We were testers, trying out the on-board bike racks that won’t become a public amenity until April. South Shore officials invited a select few of us as guinea pigs these past two weekends to look for potential issues. Advocates count the South Shore as the last commuter train in the country to finally permit bikes.

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Sep 052015

MACOG four county region

Active Transportation is the means of getting around by human energy, primarily walking and bicycling. According to the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG), this transportation mode promotes healthy people, a healthy environment, a healthy economy and mobility for all. There is growing interest in active transportation, not only in Michiana, but nationwide. With that in mind, MACOG is developing a Regional Active Transportation Connectivity Plan.

MACOG will analyze current networks and identify gaps in order to create a vision for active transportation in the region. They are looking for stakeholders: people who may be affected by increased active transportation. If you are interested in being involved in the planning process, they have asked that you send an email to, with the subject “Active Transportation Connectivity Plan”.

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.