Oct 092014

Congratulations to Jamie Smith of South Bend and Katie Michalczyk of Goshen. Each of them has won a $30 gift certificate at Fiddler’s Hearth in downtown South Bend.

The winners were randomly selected from the top 10 finishers of each gender. In the women’s drawing, Judy Lee was randomly chosen, but she had declared herself ineligible since she is an official with the local host, Bike Michiana. This was to Katie’s advantage, since she was then chosen randomly.

John Boughton of South Bend was the top male rider, while Bonnie Yoder of Granger was the top female. John was ranked 117th nationally (98th percentile), out of 5,602 riders. Bonnie was 2,694th (52nd percentile).  Communities were ranked based on the number of NBC Points per 10,000 residents. The top community was Lively, VA: South Bend was 426th out of 4,267 communities (90th percentile). The top state was Wisconsin, while Indiana was ranked 8th (84th percentile).

The BMC congratulates all contestants

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Oct 052014

The City of South Bend has invited the public to an open house to view and comment on plans for Lincolnway West improvements. The open house will be Thursday, October 9 at the LaSalle Branch Library, 3232 W. Ardmore Trail. The library is just a few hundred yards west of Bendix Drive on the City’s west side.

The improvements are wide ranging, but cyclist will be most interested in two Lincolnway West proposals:

  • the bicycle lanes from Maplewood Ave. to Sherman Ave. (about 2.3 miles)
  • sharrows  for Sherman Ave to William St. (0.5 miles). Continue reading »
Sep 222014


The bicycle & pedestrian counts have been completed for the fall of 2014, marking the 3rd year of bike/ped counts in the area. Of the eight locations counted, one showed the highest count ever recorded for that location (Twyckenham Drive) and three had new lows while the remaining four were within norms. In total, the counts for the eight locations were down 26% over the same time periods in 2012 and 2013. This may have been due to the weather, which was considerably cooler than the prior two years.

Using standard adjustment factors provided by the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project (NBPD), the counts have been annualized and show that Riverside Trail would have 131,000 cyclists per year, Notre Dame Avenue is second busiest at 109,000 followed by Juniper Road at 65,000 per year. Continue reading »

Sep 082014

We are excited for the 6th Annual Bike Michiana for Hospice on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Late Registration is still open. Register before September 12, 2014 for $60. Day of Registration will be available at St. Pat’s Park.

Late Registration for the 6th Annual Bike Michiana for Hospice is still open. Registration is $60 for adults, students age 13 through college (with valid student ID) $20, and kids 12 and under ride FREE. Late Registration will be open until September 12! Day of Registration will be available at St. Pat’s Park for $65.


  • 3.5 – 11.5 Family Ride (you choose)
  • 25 Miles
  • 43 Miles
  • 100k (67 miles)
  • 101 Miles/Century Ride
  • 200k (124 miles)


Sep 042014

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. Users compete on a local, state and national level. 

Prizes are offered at all levels. At the local level, two lunches-for-two at Fiddler’s Hearth will be awarded at the end of the competition on September 30: one lunch-for-two will be awarded at random to one of the top-10 female riders, and one for one of the top-10 male riders. Only 4 weeks of competition remain, but if it were ending today, the following people would be entered into the drawings for the lunch. Continue reading »