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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />April 29, 2010 <br />3:30 pm <br /> <br />Long-term bike network to pass halfway point in 2010 <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876-1564 <br /> <br />or Chris Dressel, Bicycle Coordinator, 235-9371 <br /> <br />Mayor Stephen J. Luecke today announced 10.6 miles of new bicycle routes planned for <br />completion in 2010, including the first painted bike lanes in the heart of downtown. <br /> <br />Plans to add newly striped lanes along Jefferson Boulevard and South Street, and to <br />upgrade a previously announced segment of Colfax Avenue to painted lanes signal the <br />heightened visibility of bicycling in South Bend, especially by bicycle commuters. <br /> <br />But the most dramatic change in the fourth year since the mayor called for creating a 50- <br />mile network is the extent to which that network is taking shape. When this year’s work <br />is completed, a cyclist could begin on Olive Road at the city’s northwest edge and ride a <br />continuous path without leaving the network all the way to the southern point of York <br />Road. And the cyclist could have several courses from which to choose in getting there. <br /> <br />“The whole purpose of adding at least 10 new miles of lanes and routes each year is to <br />create a safe place, increase bicycle riding, reduce road congestion and enhance our <br />quality of life,” Luecke said. “Beyond the goal for 50 miles by the end of 2011, our work <br />will continue toward making South Bend a bicycle friendly community.” <br /> <br />Luecke also used the occasion to proclaim May as “South Bend Bike Month,” a month <br />that will be marked on Sunday, May 23, by the first Bike the Bend, a 30-mile non- <br />competitive recreational ride, followed by Bike to Work Week May 24-28. “Together <br />with the Bike Michiana Coalition, the City of South Bend has had great support and <br />advocacy from our bicycle community to make it easier and safer for residents to choose <br />to travel by bike,” the proclamation said. <br /> <br />-more- <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />