City Bike Designer Linus Bike Comments On Biking Increase in an Indiana City

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Linus Bike, a city bike designer, comments on an article discussing the recent spike in biking amongst South Bend, Indiana residents.

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We're way ahead of last year. We were 10 percent ahead on Wednesday night so we're way beyond last year so that's just wonderful.

On May 23, city bike designer Linus Bike comments on the recent increase in biking amongst South Bend, Indiana residents.

According to an article on Fox28.com, a record number of people participated in an event called “Bike the Bend,” which is a non-competitive bicycle tour for all ages and skill levels. Participants may start and stop anywhere on the 30-mile route that ran through Indiana University campus, urban venues, and historic parks.

Executive Director of Bike the Bend, Jeanne Blad, said this was the biggest turnout they’ve seen and that it was a lot of participants’ first times taking part in the event. She told Fox 28, “We're way ahead of last year. We were 10 percent ahead on Wednesday night so we're way beyond last year so that's just wonderful." Online registration closed Wednesday night and they had already had 1600 who pre-registered; a few hundred more registered on-site Saturday and Sunday.

Blad credits a lot of the increasing interest in biking to word of mouth. “The interest is growing here,” she says. “More people pedaling during Bike the Bend means more people riding bikes all the time. It gets people interested and then they continue to keep working to different levels of distance and ability.”

Blad wants to see the biking advocacy efforts continue to evolve. “We’d love to see more designated lanes and bicycle facilities so it’s easier to bike to work or bike to shop.”

Jason Latty, a representative from Linus Bike, a city bike designer, says that this increase in biking will bring South Bend together as community. “Cities that have designated bike infrastructure and biking events like Bike the Bend definitely have a stronger sense of community among their residents. Making cycling safe is the first step to making it the norm in a community. Biking gets people outside and on the streets. It improves the quality of life.”

Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in creating vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not simply a bicycle company, Linus Bike sells a complete line of accessories for the environmentally conscious and for those who have a fondness for European style bicycles and the great tradition of European cycling.
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