Bike Michiana Coalition Accomplishments-2013
*Successfully worked with South Bend Common Council and city officials to pass the 3-Foot passing law
*Encouraged and funded installation of First Phase of WayFinding signs on trails and bicycle routes
*Increased Bike Safety Classes for elementary students by 5 schools
*Financially supported Granger Paths efforts, Pumpkinvine Trail, Indiana Michigan River Valley Trail
*Counted 1,349 bicyclists and pedestrians during 2-hour surveys at 8 count sites in region. This count is part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) Project. BMC has been collecting data counts for the project since 2012.
*Organized Annual Michiana Bike to Work Week for the 6th year. Week included Organic Blueberry Breakfast, and Bike to Lunch events. All cyclists are encouraged to ride their bikes instead of their car as much as possible and continue the habit .
*Organized Bike Michiana for Hospice, which is the major fundraiser for BMC, and partners with Center for Hospice Care as their annual fundraiser. The ride, billed as “the best SAG stops in the country”, included six routes from 3.5 miles to 125 miles in length for over 1,000 riders.
Bike Michiana Coalition Goals -2014
*Establish community education program concerning safety for bicycles and motor vehicles sharing the Michiana roads. Partnering with South bend Police department
*Continue assisting city’s plans for bike routes and painted bike lanes.
*Encourage city maintenance and refreshing of painted bike lanes
*Persist in encouraging posting way finding signs and etiquette rules of the trail.
*Expand and support variety of bike events such as racing and mountain biking
*Grow and support Bike to Work Week and Bike Michiana for Hospice events
*Increase Bike Safety Classes in elementary schools by 10%
Assist with planning and completion of Riverside Trail Extension
Bicycle Friendly Community award at Bronze level result from reapplication
Bikeway Way Finding signs installed- BMC funded a portion of the initial signs
Inclusion of Urban Adventure to BMC.
Increased Bike Safety Classes by 3 more schools totaling 6 public schools and 3 private schools
Increased Bike to School Day to 4 schools
Support Indiana- Michigan Trail with ongoing financial support and communication
Increases involvement with NIMBA,Northern Indiana Mountain Biking Association- Added John Marquardt, President of NIMBA to BMC Board
Bike to Work Week
Bike Michiana for Hospice
SHARE THE ROAD….EVERY LIFE COUNTS, Awareness ride through city with bicycles, motor vehicles, motorcycles, runners, wheelchairs
Bike races in downtown streets
Established relationships with New Mayor, Pete Buttegieg and representatives of Police department
Introduced Bill 13-12, the 3 Foot Passing Law, to the Common Council
Partnered with the City of South Bend to begin participation in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) Project.
*Pumpkin Vine trail-$2500
MMC/MBA Bicycle Safety program