Apr 122015

ND Cycling

Here is a chance for local bikers to help put Michiana in the cycling news.

The Notre Dame Cycling team is hosting the 2015 MWCCC Regional Championships on the weekend of April 25-26. Collegiate cyclists from across the Midwest will be coming to Niles, MI on Saturday for the Team Time Trial and Road Race on Saturday and to the Eddy St Commons just south of campus for the Criterium on Sunday. In order to have a successful and safe event, race organizers are looking for several volunteers on Saturday, April 25 to help with various duties to put on the race. If you are interested, please take a look at the sign up sheet below, which includes the locations and brief descriptions of the different volunteer duties. Breakfast and/or lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Jim Snitzer who is helping organize the race said “Please consider volunteering for the event and thank you for your support of the team!”

You can sign up for a shift here: 2015 Race Volunteer Signup

Feb 192015

nictd-logoThe Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission has created a survey to find out whether residents are interested in the possibility of allowing bikes onto South Shore trains. The commission posted a press release to its website. The survey was reported by ABC57 news.

The BMC is encouraging cyclists to participate in the survey, even if an occasional  ride to downtown Chicago or Dunes Park for a day of riding is your only goal. You can read the details and  take the survey at http://www.abc57.com/story/28072451/survey-created-to-gauge-interest-in-bikes-being-allowed-on-south-shore

Oct 092014

Congratulations to Jamie Smith of South Bend and Katie Michalczyk of Goshen. Each of them has won a $30 gift certificate at Fiddler’s Hearth in downtown South Bend.

The winners were randomly selected from the top 10 finishers of each gender. In the women’s drawing, Judy Lee was randomly chosen, but she had declared herself ineligible since she is an official with the local host, Bike Michiana. This was to Katie’s advantage, since she was then chosen randomly.

John Boughton of South Bend was the top male rider, while Bonnie Yoder of Granger was the top female. John was ranked 117th nationally (98th percentile), out of 5,602 riders. Bonnie was 2,694th (52nd percentile).  Communities were ranked based on the number of NBC Points per 10,000 residents. The top community was Lively, VA: South Bend was 426th out of 4,267 communities (90th percentile). The top state was Wisconsin, while Indiana was ranked 8th (84th percentile).

The BMC congratulates all contestants

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Oct 052014

The City of South Bend has invited the public to an open house to view and comment on plans for Lincolnway West improvements. The open house will be Thursday, October 9 at the LaSalle Branch Library, 3232 W. Ardmore Trail. The library is just a few hundred yards west of Bendix Drive on the City’s west side.

The improvements are wide ranging, but cyclist will be most interested in two Lincolnway West proposals:

  • the bicycle lanes from Maplewood Ave. to Sherman Ave. (about 2.3 miles)
  • sharrows  for Sherman Ave to William St. (0.5 miles). Continue reading »
Sep 222014


The bicycle & pedestrian counts have been completed for the fall of 2014, marking the 3rd year of bike/ped counts in the area. Of the eight locations counted, one showed the highest count ever recorded for that location (Twyckenham Drive) and three had new lows while the remaining four were within norms. In total, the counts for the eight locations were down 26% over the same time periods in 2012 and 2013. This may have been due to the weather, which was considerably cooler than the prior two years.

Using standard adjustment factors provided by the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project (NBPD), the counts have been annualized and show that Riverside Trail would have 131,000 cyclists per year, Notre Dame Avenue is second busiest at 109,000 followed by Juniper Road at 65,000 per year. Continue reading »