New Coal Line Trail

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Sep 232016

Residents react to South Bend trail plan

Route follows old coal line between Notre Dame, Lincoln Way West.

coallineSOUTH BEND — Residents had an opportunity Thursday to comment on plans for a new multi-use pathway on the near west side, between the University of Notre Dame and Lincoln Way West.

Coal Line Trail would extend along the old Norfolk Southern right-of-way, formerly used to transport coal to Notre Dame, from the East Bank Trail, across the St. Joseph River, under Portage Avenue to Lincoln Way West.

Phase one, slated for 2019, would span Lincoln Way West to Riverside Drive. Phase two, slated for 2020, would span Riverside to the East Bank Trail, just west of Indiana 933.

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Bike share system approved for South Bend

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Jul 272016

Sl-divvyouth Bend is already a bike friendly city. And it may get bike “friendlier.” Tuesday, the Board of Works unanimously approved a study about the possibility of bringing a bike share system to town. Bike shares are popular in cities like Chicago.

Bike share systems allow users to pick up a bicycle at any self-service station and return it to any station located within the system’s service area.

Initial planning will begin this summer that will allow South Bend to vie for federal transportation dollars to fund the project with the first bikes available by the end of 2017.
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Take bike commuting for a test ride

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May 112016
Green Bike Lane in Los Angeles

Michiana Bike to Work Week begins next week, but that word “work” — well, it isn’t necessary. You can experiment with riding to the store instead, or to the library, café or church. Or ask experienced commuters how they get to work safe and clean while you enjoy free blueberry pancakes, the bike movie and the new Mayors’ Ride next week (see our full list).

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