From Berrien biking and brats to backpacking in the Indiana Dunes

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Sep 192018
 
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By Joseph Dits South Bend Tribune
Coming Oct. 21, a new event called Love Biketoberfest will be born out of Love Creek County Park in Berrien Center, where you can take your chunky-tired bike either on a 3.5-mile dirt trail or the gravel roads that circle through the fruit-laden countryside.

Or you can take your skinny wheels on road rides of 25 or 51 miles.

Need to learn about good body position, braking, hill climbing and other basics of mountain biking? Try a beginner’s clinic at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. led by the Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association. You must have a bike and helmet.

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$90M promised for Indiana trails. Will we be living the dream?

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Sep 122018
 

By Joseph Dits South Bend Tribune
Indiana plans to infuse $90 million into new trails over the next few years. Announced last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb, the money is aimed at hiking, biking and horseback riding trails that fill in the gaps between existing trails and communities.

We can only guess for now, but one that might be a candidate is the Marquette Greenway, which would link the 58 miles from Chicago to New Buffalo, cruising by the dunes and Lake Michigan.

This project has the kind of collaboration that the state will be seeking since so many communities, companies and nonprofit organizations are involved, pledging a collective $11 million for the 30 miles that have yet to be built, says Mitch Barloga, active transportation manager for the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

A few million dollars from the state, he says, could help the communities to come up with their match, boosting the area’s application for about $23 million from a federal program called BUILD. Word on that grant may come by year’s end.
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South Bend named one of most bike friendly communities in Midwest

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Aug 162018
 

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced Wednesday that the city is now one of the most bike friendly communities in the Midwest.

The mayor was all smiles as he held the award given by the League of American Bicyclists, recognizing the city’s effort towards making South Bend a more environmentally and bike friendly city.

The city will now have a “Bike Friendly Community” sign to mark its Silver Level status. South Bend is only the second city in Indiana to receive the Silver designation.
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