The St. Joseph County Parks Foundation and the Friends of the Pumpkinvine have each received $1,000 from the BMC to support development of their trails.
The Parks Foundation will use the funds for development of the IN-MI Trail, to help fill in the gap between Niles, Mich. and Roseland, Ind. The Park’s segment of this trail, the LaSalle Trail, has not yet started construction, and the BMC donation will be added to their trust fund earmarked for the trail.
The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail meanders between Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana in Elkhart County: they will use the funds to help close gaps in the trail. Currently under construction is a 1.2 mile section near Middlebury.
These donations support the BMC’s objectives of encouraging bicycling for commuting and recreation; expanding and improving bicycle infrastructure; and educating citizens and government about bicycle safety, laws and the benefits of cycling. Since the BMC’s inception in 2008, $11,481 has been contributed in cash. This cash has gone to the St. Joseph County Parks, South Bend Bicycle Network, IN-MI Trail, Friends of Granger Paths, and Friends of the Pumpkinvine. In addition to funding and organizing Michiana Bike to Work Week, the coalition has assisted the City of South Bend in developing their bike infrastructure, and cooperated with area non-profits in orchestrating cycling events and providing helmets and bike safety classes for third grade students in area schools.
Sources of funding for the BMC are private and corporate gifts, and an annual fund-raising event. Anyone wishing to make a gift to further the BMC mission can do so at this web site through PayPal, by simply clicking the “PayPal Donate” button at the top right of the page. The coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and donations are generally tax deductible. Contributors may direct the BMC to allocate the funds to one of three specific objectives: Infrastructure, Safety, or Events, by mentioning that in the donate window. Contributions may also be made by a check payable to Bike Michiana Coalition, and mailed to BMC, 66841 Walnut Rd., Walkerton, IN 46574.