Apr 152014

28 Bike/Ped projects are on tap

MACOG has published a list of several hundred Transportation Improvement Projects in their four-county area. Twenty-eight of those projects are specifically pointed at making our community more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

The image at the left shows the projects as balloons or red and black lines.

Click here to see a full version of the map.


Apr 142014

Volunteer Jo Broden fits a helmet to a 3rd grader

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.

Judy Lee, President of the coalition said “The classes are tailored to third grade students because this is the developmental 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 an appropriately fitted helmet every time you ride your bike”

Demonstrations include the reasons for wearing a helmet, wearing bright clothing to be visible, and hand signals to be predictable. A cyclist volunteer demonstrates the ABCs of checking the bike before riding.

Lee said “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.

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Apr 122014


The proposed LaSalle Trail in northern St. Joseph County is a critical section of trail extending from Roseland to the Michigan State Line. Nearly a mile of it has already been constructed in Roseland, and a half mile section from Cleveland Road to Darden Road is scheduled for construction in 2015. Now half of the remaining two mile section is being considered for funding and construction by 2018.  When completed, the trail will be a linear park managed by the St. Joseph County Parks.

The Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) is considering funding construction of the mile from Darden to Auten in their 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and is inviting the public to comment.

If you want to show your support for the trail, you have two choices: Continue reading »

Mar 292014

Over 200 racers from Midwest colleges will descend on Michiana to compete in the fourth annual Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (MWCCC) Race Weekend hosted by the Notre Dame Cycling Team.

The MWCCC includes college teams from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. They will be competing on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13: Saturday they will be at the Greene Intermediate Center south of the city, and Sunday races will be near the Eddy Street Commons just south of the ND campus. Continue reading »

Mar 242014

• Monday, March 24, 2014
• 2:00-3:00 pm
• Niles Township Hall/South Fireman’s Park
• 320 Bell Road, Niles, MI 49120

Please click on this link for more details.

For more information on the Indiana Michigan River Valley Trail click on http://www.swmpc.org/inmitrail.asp