The well-worn foot path along along the St. Joseph River by IUSB will finally be added to the area’s growing network of paved multi-use pathways!
South Bend’s mayor, Steve Luecke, recently addressed the Michiana Watershed at its 50th anniversary celebration. The title of his presentation was “Moving Forward As a Cool City”, and he announced plans to extend South Bend’s multi-use path along Northside Blvd to IUSB’s campus. This was the first time I recall hearing the path referred to as the “Northside Bikeway”, and I was very pleased to hear the news! Notably, the paving should occur this year (the following is from his address):
I’m pleased to announce that this year we will extend the Northside Bikeway to the IU South Bend campus thanks to a $250,000 grant we’ve received from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. This will enable us to link up with the pedestrian bridge and the new student apartments. The South Bend community began rediscovering the river as an asset some 25 years ago, in no small part thanks to the efforts of Michiana Watershed and others.
Here’s a link to the full text of his comments on the city’s website: www.ci.south-bend.in.us.
The editors of the South Bend Tribune also mentioned this development in their pro-bicycle and pedestrian path July 1st “Our Opinion” piece.
Here’s a Google Map showing this short, but key, new section:
Note: The current aerial photograph used by Google doesn’t show IUSB’s pedestrian bridge across the river and its newly constructed student housing, but if you zoom in, you can see where the current path abruptly stops at Veteran’s Memorial park (at the west end of the highlighted section).