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Bike The Bend

Postby Shinigami » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:36 pm

Bike the Bend is a recreational, non-competitive bicycling event in our community where casual and experienced riders can ride the streets and trails of South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County, Indiana . With public safety officers limiting vehicle access to the route, you and your family and friends can enjoy safe biking, riding side-by-side, and taking in the beauty of nature and local architecture on approximately 40 miles of streets and trails.

The route highlights many parks along northern Indiana’s St. Joseph River, South Bend’s Riverside and Northside Trails, and Mishawaka‘s Riverwalk, as well as St. Patrick’s County Park, Farmer’s Market, Potawatomi Zoo and Park, the campuses of Notre Dame, IUSB and Bethel College, Eddy Street Commons, historic homes, and extended routes to Mishawaka parks and Eberhart Golf Course and more.


Register by April 30. Event this Year is May 15, with an added 10 Miles added in the route thanks to Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood.

See the The South Bend Tribune for the full article and visit bikethebend.com for registration and full details.

I hope to ride the entire course this course year, hope to see you there.
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Re: Bike The Bend

Postby Kingsman » Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:23 am

Hundred of bikers riding in a pack forcing motorists to avoid their route: Bah, humbug! Bikers and motorists can share the streets. Is it too much to ask that everyone follow the rules of the road? We don't need those silly bike lanes, imposed by kernanluecke.
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Re: Bike The Bend

Postby ElkPeep » Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:30 am

Will it cost money to ride your bike again this year?
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Re: Bike The Bend

Postby Bingo » Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:54 pm

It always cost Money, nothing is free in the Bend :!: :think:
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Re: Bike The Bend

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:19 pm

Bingo wrote:It always cost Money, nothing is free in the Bend :!: :think:

Especially not to Taxpayers....
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Re: Bike The Bend

Postby cananybodyhearme » Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:10 am

Such a silly event. If people want to pay to ride their bike let them. If corporations want to waste their money on sponsoring this event let them. Wouldn't it be better to take the money wasted on this event and put it toward something more useful? And by something more useful, I mean just about anything. I'll wait till later that day to take my usual bike ride around town. Why pay for something I can do for free?
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Re: Bike The Bend

Postby st michael jr » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:23 pm

Why wait? Who says you can't ride at the same time the paid riders are? It's a public street last I knew
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Re: Bike The Bend

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:34 pm

st michael jr wrote:Why wait? Who says you can't ride at the same time the paid riders are? It's a public street last I knew

Love it St. Michael!!!!! :D :D :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Who pays for Bike the Bend?

Postby Shinigami » Tue May 10, 2011 9:29 am

Bike the Bend is a celebration of the neighborhoods, parks and trails in our community when families and friends can enjoy each other and their surroundings while riding together, side-by-side on vehicle-restricted streets. The first Bike the Bend, in 2010, brought out 1,751 riders, including over 1,200 riding with their families. It was truly a celebration of families and friends.

Bike the Bend is presented to the community by the Louise Addicott and Georgina Joshi Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) corporation, and a group of dedicated volunteers, to realize the vision of Louise to encourage people to discover and rediscover all the beauty our community offers.



The registration fees were kept affordable to allow as many people as possible to participate. Scholarship and volunteer opportunities were offered to many who were unable to pay the registration fee. Less than 20% of the total costs of Bike the Bend were covered by registration fees. The remaining expenses were paid by the Louise Addicott and Georgina Joshi Foundation.



Public safety is our first priority and our largest budget item. To assure rider safety, Bike the Bend contracts with the Cities of South Bend and Mishawaka and St. Joseph County to provide public safety officers to direct motor vehicle traffic while our riders are crossing intersections and to provide signage along the route for the benefit of non-riders and riders alike. These professionals work side by side with our volunteers to make Bike the Bend a positive experience for riders and non-riders. We appreciate the help given by the Cities and the County in the areas of route planning and selection and logistics.



Bike the Bend does not receive funding from city or county government and is dependent on rider registrations fees and support from individuals and community organizations and businesses. These community leaders are key to the sustained future of Bike the Bend.



Bike the Bend is organized and run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to bringing this wonderful experience to our community for many years to come. As the number of riders and community support continue to grow, Bike the Bend will become a self sustaining event with the goal of returning profits back to the community in the form of improvements to our bicycle trails and routes and promoting bicycle safety and community education on the benefits of bicycling.


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Re: Bike The Bend

Postby Shinigami » Tue May 10, 2011 9:34 am

Kingsman wrote:Hundred of bikers riding in a pack forcing motorists to avoid their route: Bah, humbug! Bikers and motorists can share the streets. Is it too much to ask that everyone follow the rules of the road? We don't need those silly bike lanes, imposed by kernanluecke.


I think bike lanes are needed, motorists all too often endanger the safety of cyclists.


Associated Press

4:45 a.m. CDT, May 9, 2011

Man, daughter fatally hit on bike in N. Indiana

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind.—
Authorities say a man and his 4-year-old daughter out on a bicycle ride were struck and killed in northern Indiana.

The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department says the two were riding on a rural section of Indiana 120 near the town of Shipshewana Sunday afternoon when their bike was hit from behind by a vehicle.

The Elkhart Truth reports that 32-year-old Jason Helmuth of Shipshewana and his daughter Jayna were killed in the crash.

Police say the driver told investigators that he didn't see the bike before the crash.



Further Details at WNDU.com
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