Accomplishments

 

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.

 

Financially Supported

*Granger Paths-$2500

*Indiana/Michigan trail-$2500

*Pumpkin Vine trail-$2500

MMC/MBA Bicycle Safety program

 

  2 Responses to “Accomplishments”

  1. I am a member of the Clay Township Board and a Trustee of the Clay Township Benefit Trust. Both entities worked with the County and Notre Dame and will be extending a Bike Path on Juniper Road from ND to Cleveland Road. This will happen late spring or early summer this year. We are now focusing our efforts in extending the LaSalle Trail from Cleveland Road to Darden Road. We are meeting with County Parks Dept and officials soon to get this project moving forward sooner vs later and need organizations such as this to be vocal in support. It is our hopes that we can get this section done by summer of 2014 with the ultimate goal completing to the State line in the time frame Niles Township is working on.

  2. The Bike Michiana Coalition thanks you for your strong support. And I take the liberty of voicing the same support from Notre Dame and Niles Township.

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