Apr 132016

FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Today, the City of South Bend’s Complete Streets plan was recognized as the third best in the nation in Smart Growth America’s Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015. A Complete Streets approach creates an integrated transportation system that supports safe travel for people of all ages and abilities, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and motorists.

This is yet another positive national recognition for South Bend—this time thanks to our efforts to create safer, smarter, better streets for our residents,” Mayor Pete Buttigieg says. “South Bend’s Complete Streets policy will create a more welcoming environment for all residents, support better quality of life, and give us a more vibrant economy. Continue reading »

Apr 082016

Imagine, being able to ride your bike from Niles to Mishawaka without having to risk your life on a busy road. Soon, that may be a reality thanks to the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail. When it’s complete, there will be 34 miles of off-road bike and pedestrian trails connecting the two cities.  Much of the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail is complete, like Mishawaka and South Bend’s river walks and the paved trail that runs through Niles. But work is still being done to connect all those trails to form the River Valley Trail.

Just west of M-51 in Niles Township, among trees and brush, construction crews are hard at work. Blacktop is being laid and leveled, a cross walk is being installed along US-12, landscaping is being planted and what will soon be the Indiana Michigan River Valley Trail is taking shape.

Read the full story here.

Apr 062016

By the time Serge Lubomudrov and his two microbrew-loving buddies rolled their bikes onto the South Shore train in Chicago, their aim to visit South Bend — for the first time ever — had been brewing for a long time. Snow couldn’t stop them. Nor a forecast with winds up to 45 mph.

The three Chicago cyclists tour breweries on dozens of bike trips each year, both in and near the city. They even rode an Amtrak train with their bikes to Kalamazoo last year, then cycled back in four days.

On Saturday, a new gateway opened. The South Shore debuted its bike racks onboard, available on Saturdays and Sundays through October (nictd.com). I caught the Chicagoans as they deboarded at South Bend International Airport — and as I returned from my own quick, snow-flecked jaunt to the Indiana Dunes with my bike. We were among 11 who brought bikes on Saturday and five on Sunday, railroad officials say.

See the full article here.

Mar 292016

Sights - Notre DameGetPumped!! On April 10, 2016, the Notre Dame CyclingClassicwillbringhundredsof cyclistsfromthe MidWestCollegiateCyclingConferenceto the edgeof Notre Dame Campus for a dayof incredibleracing. Eddy Street Commons willbejustto the Northof the course and foodoptions willbeavailableto cyclistswhoare lookingfor a good Sundaybrunch beforeor aftertheirraces. The Start/ Finish Line islocatedon NapoleonStreet justeastof Eddy Street.

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Mar 252016

Office of the Mayor:
FOR RELEASE: Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Mayor Dave Wood, in conjunction with St. Joseph County Parks Director Evie Kirkwood will hold a press event to announce the first annual Mayors’ Bike Ride on Thursday, March 24 at 10 am at Central Park, 295 E. Mishawaka Avenue. The park lies between Mishawaka Avenue the St. Joseph River, just east of Main Street.
“The Mayors’ Ride is a great opportunity to get families back on their bikes and enjoying the outdoors,” says South Bend Mayor Buttigieg. “As our community’s bike culture continues to grow, the Mayors’ Ride is a chance to highlight what terrific trails and places we have to enjoy on a bike.”
The Mayors’ Bike Ride will be held from 7-11 am on Sunday, May 22. The family-friendly, recreational ride will begin at three locations: Red Barn, St. Patrick’s County Park; Howard Park, South Bend; and Central Park, Mishawaka. The route mostly follows trails along the St. Joseph River.
“What a great way for Mishawaka, South Bend, and St. Joe County to showcase our parks and bike trails,” says Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood. “Biking is for people of all ages and this is a perfect opportunity for families to kick start a healthier lifestyle at this family-friendly event.”

The event is free of charge, though a $10 per person donation is suggested to help Bike Michiana Coalition with their many education initiatives. All riders must also fill out a waiver.

Sponsored by Visit South Bend Mishawaka and Bike Michiana Coalition, a non-profit bicycle-advocacy organization, the Mayors’ Ride will also focus on bicycle safety education for children. A series of workshops will be held leading up to the May 22 event that will teach children how to ride safely in and near traffic.

The Mayors’ Ride encourages bicyclists of all ages to enjoy South Bend’s, Mishawaka’s and St. Joseph County’s connected bikeways and bicycle-friendly infrastructure. Participants are encouraged to register for the event at visitsouthbend.com.

Kara Kelly, (574) 235-5853