Yes and no. State laws make no distinction, but many cities and towns add restrictions, usually to protect pedestrians. I compared the laws of four area communities: Chicago, Elkhart, Mishawaka, and South Bend. South Bend has the most straight forward ordinance: “No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within any business district.” Interestingly, it [...]
For the third consecutive legislative session, new bicycle laws are being considered. Both proposals would require youngsters up to 17 years of age wear a helmet. One proposal would add a requirement that motorists passing a bike allow at least three feet clearance. As of February 7, each bill has been assigned to committee, but neither [...]
I first saw ghost bikes in Seattle, WA some five years ago. I didn't know they had a name, but I did know they made a statement. Then a couple of them sprung up here in Michiana. Today, they made news in the South Bend Tribune. Read the Tribune article here.
Do you know anyone who has been 'doored'? By that, I mean riding alongside parked cars, and having a driver or passenger open their door into the path of the bicyclist. It's not uncommon, although I personally know of only one such crash. The experienced adult cyclist suffered a broken arm. There have been cases where [...]
A 14 year old boy was struck in the crosswalk at Niles and Lincoln Way East. From the brief article in the South Bend Tribune, it sounds like this was a classic 'Ride Out from Sidewalk' accident: these accidents account for 0.7% of all accidents where the cyclist is entering the roadway. Read the full story. [...]