Sunday was the official "Bike the Bend" event, and you may noticed the signs and cones dotting the streets all around town. However, events promoting biking the town continue all week, and South Bend is rolling out the red carpet for its cyclists and giving you little room to make excuses.
And speaking of red carpet, tomorrow morning, Tuesday, you will find a pancake breakfast outside of LaSalle Grill from 7:00 -9:00 am -- free for anyone who rides up on a bike. They will have a special are roped off on Colfax Ave. for this event. The VIP appeal of receiving a free (organic) breakfast from LaSalle is incentive enough to show up to work a bit sweaty.
If you work downtown, that concern doesn't need to be an issue -- Memorial Health Center is offering free access to its showers for the week.
Biking to work can be intimidating -- when driving, I'm not 100% comfortable passing cyclists on the road and I wonder how they safe they feel -- so on Wednesday, South Bend and Notre Dame police have partnered together for a bike safety presentation. They'll give tips on general bike afety and free maps of bike lanes in the area. This event will occur at the ND Downtown office at 217 N. Michigan St. from 6:00-7:00 pm.
Get your competitive juices flowing by participating in the corporate challenge. It's a free contest between area organizations, and anyone can set up a team to compete for these bragging rights. Check the website for further details about how to join/register a team and log your miles.
Even your kids can get in on the movement. Several schools are hosting special events on Thursday, and there will be safety presentations (and helmet giveaways) at five different local elementary schools.
Learn more on their website: http://www.michianabiketowork.org/. On there, you can even calculate the gas you'll save by biking!