Active Transportation in Michiana

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Sep 052015

MACOG four county region

Active Transportation is the means of getting around by human energy, primarily walking and bicycling. According to the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG), this transportation mode promotes healthy people, a healthy environment, a healthy economy and mobility for all. There is growing interest in active transportation, not only in Michiana, but nationwide. With that in mind, MACOG is developing a Regional Active Transportation Connectivity Plan.

MACOG will analyze current networks and identify gaps in order to create a vision for active transportation in the region. They are looking for stakeholders: people who may be affected by increased active transportation. If you are interested in being involved in the planning process, they have asked that you send an email to, with the subject “Active Transportation Connectivity Plan”.

Bikes on the South Shore train – take a survey!

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Feb 192015

nictd-logoThe Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission has created a survey to find out whether residents are interested in the possibility of allowing bikes onto South Shore trains. The commission posted a press release to its website. The survey was reported by ABC57 news.

The BMC is encouraging cyclists to participate in the survey, even if an occasional  ride to downtown Chicago or Dunes Park for a day of riding is your only goal. You can read the details and  take the survey at

Another opportunity for cyclists to make their voices heard

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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 »

Bicycle traffic counts updated for Michiana

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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 »

How can cyclists cope?

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Aug 122014

Chippewa Ave. at Michigan St. and Main St. in South Bend, Ind.

South Bend is committed to designing their streets to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. But this is a challenge at the Chippewa intersections with Main Street and Michigan Avenue as the latter two thoroughfares are converted from one-way to two-way travel.

How will cyclists cope with the new traffic patterns? You can learn what engineers have in mind, and add your own voice to the design by attending a public presentation on Thursday, August 21 at 5:30 pm in the O’Brien Center, 321 E. Walter St., South Bend, Ind. Public input will be welcome. Continue reading »