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
 
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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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National group ranks South Bend third in the nation for complete streets

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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 »

Massive bike, pedestrian trail connecting Niles to Mishawaka making progress

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Apr 082016
 
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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.

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