May is “Bike Month” in South Bend, and the city continues in its efforts to be recognized as a bicycle-friendly city.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the Bike Michiana Coalition were out promoting bike safety on Tuesday, May 7. The group unveiled the first sharrow, a pavement marker giving motorists and cyclists the signal that the road is to be shared.
There are over 60 miles of bike routes and plans for an addition 35 miles more in South Bend.
“It’s clearly aware that people want to come to a city where you can have healthy recreation,” said Judy Lee, president of Bike Michiana Coalition, “You can go to work on your bike. Go to school on your bike. The economic status has helped us out as well, it decreases the use of gasoline decreases our carbon foot print.”
Initially, 20 sharrow markers will be put in the South Bend area to help increase bike safety. Next week South Bend will celebrate “Bike the Bend” and “Bike to Work” week.