By Joseph Dits South Bend Tribune Jan 13, 2021
Amy Gillan walks, jogs or bikes from her South Bend home down the Riverside Trail almost daily, and she’s fallen several times on ice. Her left shoulder still talks to her at times from a hard bang she took while biking two winters ago. Aches linger when you’re “in your 60s,” she muses.
She’s been wearing studded running shoes and ice cleats in recent years, which help. Her fat bike can roll over hard-packed snow, but it isn’t foolproof when, for example, the snow melts then refreezes into a thin sheet.
So she took her safety quest to the next step and asked South Bend parks management if it would salt and sand the trail. John Martinez, director of facilities and grounds for the city’s Venues, Parks & Arts, quickly responded and ordered a salt spreader to attach to the pickup truck that plows the city’s own paved trails.