Mayors’ Ride returns to South Bend, Mishawaka

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Apr 112017
 

SOUTH BEND — The Mayors’ Ride, which invites bicyclists to spin along bike routes by the St. Joseph River, will return May 7 for the second year with only a small change in its route.

The free bike ride will run between 8 a.m. and noon that Sunday. Bicyclists of all ages will be able to join it at any time in those four hours, starting at either St. Patrick’s County Park or Howard Park in South Bend or at Central Park in Mishawaka.

An obstacle course, inflatable play equipment and food trucks will be posted at Howard Park, said Aaron Perri, director of the city’s Venues, Parks and Arts, at a news conference Monday to promote the event. And there will be cookies, fruit and water at all three stops.

 Police from South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County will once again be on hand to help with safety at key intersections, said Pete Jank, president of the Bike Michiana Coalition.
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Our Opinion: A win-win for the River Valley Trail

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Apr 052017
 
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St. Joseph County shouldn’t miss the opportunity to fill in some of the final gaps in a recreational trail project that’s been years in the making.

By contributing about $225,000 from the county’s tourism development fund, along with other donations and grants, the county would be able to finally pave the two-mile gap in the trail from Darden Road north to the Michigan state line.

County Engineer Jessica Clark estimates that building two sections of the trail — from Darden to Auten Road with money raised through a local charity drive, then from Auten to the state line with cash from the tourism fund — could save the county as much as $100,000. It also could shave a year off the timetable for completing the county’s portion of trail.

 When it’s complete, the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail will cover 34 miles and extend from Mishawaka’s Riverwalk to the north side of Niles.
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Give Local to support the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail

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Apr 042017
 

Give Local SJCBike Michiana Coalition has issued a $15,000 challenge match and a portion of the monies raised for the St. Joseph County Parks Fund will help complete Phase 2 (Darden Rd to Auten Rd) of the LaSalle Trail, a paved 10-ft wide bike-pedestrian path from Roseland to the Michigan state line. As part of the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail, this inter-state pathway includes HAWK crossings at key road intersections and will link to trails in Michigan and South Bend. Help us earn the BMC challenge money with your contribution!

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Will St. Joseph County give $225,000 for trail to Niles?

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Apr 032017
 

SOUTH BEND — If two pleas for money succeed, it would allow St. Joseph County to finally pave a 2-mile gap in the trail that runs behind businesses in Roseland, from Darden Road north to the Michigan line.

First, the public could donate in a 24-hour giving spree on May 9, known as Give Local, where 67 local charities are vying for dollars. The Bike Michiana Coalition has pledged to match up to $15,000 of whatever is donated to the St. Joseph County Parks Fund on that day. That would secure the final dollars needed to pave the trail between Darden and Auten roads this year.

Second, county officials could give up to $225,000 in tourism funding, so that the trail could be extended from Auten to the state line.

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