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South Bend celebrates completion of Boland Trail with ribbon-cutting

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Nov 092018
 
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and representatives from the city of South Bend marked the completion of the new Boland Trail with a ribbon-cutting.

Boland Trail will serve as an extension of the Riverwalk Trail that runs along the north side of Boland Drive, providing a needed connection from the Riverwalk Trail to Portage Avenue. Residents say the new trail is important because it gives them another safe route to travel when bicycling in the city. “Bike trails and lanes don’t help too much if they are orphans and you’ve come to the end of the lane and there’s no place to go that’s safe,” Chris Vandenbossche said. “So, this gives us another way to connect between places so you can get anywhere in South Bend safely on your bicycle.” New improvements to the trail include a pedestrian crossing flasher at the corner of Riverside and Boland drives, as well as two benches and 27 lights.

Indiana State Police and Michiana Bike Coalition talk about safety with bikes on the road

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Sep 282018
 
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Sharing the road with a bike may not be the easiest thing to do. After recent deaths of people being hit by cars, it is important to always remain aware.

WSBT 22 spoke with a biker from the Michiana Bike Coalition.

J.V. Peacock has been an avid biker for years. He has always practiced safe biking. His number one rule: Never bike without a light. Bicycles and cars, they’re two very different forms of transportation. But when it comes to the rules of the road, they’re not so different. Bikes move with traffic as runners or walkers run against traffic. Though bikes are allowed on the road, Peacock says cars don’t always share the road. “People don’t know that cyclists have a right away on the road they want us off the road,” said Peacock. Continue reading »

From Berrien biking and brats to backpacking in the Indiana Dunes

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Sep 192018
 
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By Joseph Dits South Bend Tribune
Coming Oct. 21, a new event called Love Biketoberfest will be born out of Love Creek County Park in Berrien Center, where you can take your chunky-tired bike either on a 3.5-mile dirt trail or the gravel roads that circle through the fruit-laden countryside.

Or you can take your skinny wheels on road rides of 25 or 51 miles.

Need to learn about good body position, braking, hill climbing and other basics of mountain biking? Try a beginner’s clinic at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. led by the Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association. You must have a bike and helmet.

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$90M promised for Indiana trails. Will we be living the dream?

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Sep 122018
 

By Joseph Dits South Bend Tribune
Indiana plans to infuse $90 million into new trails over the next few years. Announced last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb, the money is aimed at hiking, biking and horseback riding trails that fill in the gaps between existing trails and communities.

We can only guess for now, but one that might be a candidate is the Marquette Greenway, which would link the 58 miles from Chicago to New Buffalo, cruising by the dunes and Lake Michigan.

This project has the kind of collaboration that the state will be seeking since so many communities, companies and nonprofit organizations are involved, pledging a collective $11 million for the 30 miles that have yet to be built, says Mitch Barloga, active transportation manager for the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

A few million dollars from the state, he says, could help the communities to come up with their match, boosting the area’s application for about $23 million from a federal program called BUILD. Word on that grant may come by year’s end.
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