Can I ride my bike on the sidewalk?

By | 2013-07-08T08:31:57+00:00 November 22nd, 2011|Categories: Commentary, Infrastructure|Tags: , |

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 [...]

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Two new bicycle safety bills in 2011 Indiana General Assembly

By | 2011-02-07T22:09:37+00:00 February 7th, 2011|Categories: Advocacy, News|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Door zone safety

By | 2009-08-25T18:02:09+00:00 August 25th, 2009|Categories: education|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Mishawaka bicyclist hit by car

By | 2009-07-09T20:12:08+00:00 July 9th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

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. [...]