Strolling across a 98-year young pedestrian swinging bridge


During our two weeks in Northern Indiana we visited a number of interesting places. Among them was the lovely Winamac Town Park and its 98-year young suspension/swinging bridge for pedestrians across the Tippecanoe River. Memorial Bridge was completed in 1923 and dedicated on July 4th of that same year. The bridge continues to grace the city’s impressive park and fairgrounds site.

Source: memorialswingingbridge.com

A scale model of the bridge (see photo above) was created by the local Kiwanis Club and is used for parades and other celebratory events. In honor of the bridge’s upcoming 100th birthday, a group known as the Memorial Swing Bridge Project is raising fund to light the bridge in patriotic colors. If you are interested in donating to this fun and worthy effort, here is a weblink to the “Light Up Our Legacy” page.

Source: http://memorialswingingbridge.com/2020/08/13/hello-world/

If you are ever wandering the backroads and non-Interstates of Indiana, be sure to “swing” by the Town of Winamac in Pulaski County and take a leisurely stroll across this handsome bridge in a lovely park. Below are a few more photos from our visit. Peace!

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Biking trails and greenways in Northern Indiana


Over the previous two weeks we had the opportunity to bike and/or walk several paved trails and greenways in Northern Indiana. As the list and photos show, there are many fun, scenic, interesting riding opportunities in Northern Indiana and we hardly scratched the surface of the trails/greenways that are available. Enjoy!

  • Elkhart Riverwalk Cultural Trail – Elkhart, IN – We walked several miles along portions of this interesting trail throughout the downtown area and around Island Park. (see photo and map below)
Bridge over the Elkhart River
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  • Pumpkinvine Trail – Goshen, IN – We biked a portion of this scenic trail as a winter storm was approaching. While websites say that it’s fully paved, the portion we rode near Goshen was mostly compacted limestone. (see photo and map below)

River crossing in Gas City, IN
  • Rivergreenway – Fort Wayne, IN – Biked around the Purdue-Fort Wayne campus and then to downtown and back. Fort Wayne has a terrific non-motorized trail system with an avid non-profit oversight organization – Fort Waynes Trails. (see photos below)
Venderly/St. Joseph River Bridge
  • Porter Brickyard Trail – Porter, IN – We biked the entire trail out and back. Located close to Indiana Dunes National Park. (see photo below)
Bridge across US 20 in Porter, IN
  • Nickel Plate Trail – Rochester, IN – We biked five (5) miles out and back in extremely windy conditions (30 mph gusts). One of the smoothest trails we’ve ever ridden. (see photo and map below)
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Whimsical art from bicycle parts


Doing wheelies!

While passing through Nappanee, Indiana on Monday morning, we discovered the city’s Art’s Council has been displaying an eclectic collection of art sculptures made almost entirely out of bicycle parts. Here are photos of a few of these fun, whimsical, and intriguing sculptures. Enjoy!

Something’s fishy about this one!
For the early morning bike commuter.
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Cycling across three iconic bike bridges in Fort Wayne, Indiana


We had the opportunity on Friday to ride portions of the Fort Wayne Rivergreenway and the bike trails of the Purdue University-Fort Wayne Campus. These three (3) stunning bridges link the university campus with the Rivergreenway network and provide safe travels across busy city streets, as well as the St. Joseph River. There is also a bike tunnel beneath Broyles Boulevard on campus. The entire trail network throughout Fort Wayne is very impressive.

Venderly/St. Joseph River Bridge

Cole Parker/Coliseum Boulevard Crossing

Crescent Avenue Bridge

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Bike lover’s mailbox


Found this uniquely velo mailbox in Cadillac, Michigan today.

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The most pedestrian/cyclist unfriendly car ever made?


Leyat Helica motor vehicle – Source: facebook.com

If there ever was a car that was inherently dangerous to pedestrians and cyclists it was this one. The Leyat Helica was produced in France during the 1920s. While high profile vehicles like sport-utility vehicles and pick-up trucks are considered dangerous today, none of them have a propeller on the front of the vehicle…at least yet.

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Bicycle built for 2,000!


Fished out of the Saginaw River in Bay City, this bike is carrying quite a load of zebra mussels.
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Assault bicycles are the new instrument of evil


Source: theseattletimes.com

Even a cursory viewing of the ongoing protests across America has shown a clear and present new addition to urban crowd control – the once lowly bicycle. Where bikes were once a pleasing symbol of community policing and trail safety, they are now being fortified and employed across the United States as a new form of mobile barricade, as a potential weapon, as well as for quick redeployment of uniformed officers. Unlike typically cumbersome police barricades, the nimble bicycle is now being used to enforce curfews, block protests (peaceful or otherwise), catch/arrest people (innocent or guilty), and in the worst cases be used as weapons to attack crowds and assault people (innocent or otherwise).

“The supposedly ‘humble’ bicycle—usually a symbol of non-motorized meekness—is being used by America’s over-militarized law enforcement as a mix between a riot shield and a baton.”

SOURCE: https://qnewshub.com/business/u-s-police-show-how-to-use-a-bicycle-as-an-offensive-weapon/

“They’re more mobile, they can more easily create physical barriers – and the bikes can be used as weapons.”

SOURCE: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jun/15/the-new-horsemen-why-american-riot-police-embraced-the-bicycle

Image from Minneapolis – Source: qnewshub.com

These beefed-up bicycles and their accompanying gear are not just your run-of-the-mill commuting or mountain equipment, but instead they are the equivalent to an assault vehicle on two wheels (see photos throughout). They are military, tactical, and evil all rolled into one nasty package of authoritarianism.

Source: seattletimes.com

As The Guardian so aptly alludes – bikes have become the new mount for the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

“The fact that bikes seem innocuous is a way of masking a weaponised potential,” says Williams. “Cops on bikes are less alarming than cops on horses, or in an armoured personnel carrier – until you’ve been penned in by a dozen cops on each side using the bikes as barriers.”

SOURCE: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jun/15/the-new-horsemen-why-american-riot-police-embraced-the-bicycle

 

Source: volcanic bikes.com

Sadly, gone are the days where the innocent bicycle was pictured as the epitome of joy in a young child; a commuting or recreation tool; or just the subject of an artist. As an assault vehicle, the bicycle has become a new object of both fear and loathing – and not just by annoyed motorists.

Source: volcanicbikes.com

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Now this is a WAY COOL non-motorized bridge!


Source: equipmentworld.com

Opened appropriately on St. Patrick’s Day, the Dublin Link Bridge is the world’s longest “S” shape suspension bridge. Oh, and by the way, did I mention it’s in Dublin, Ohio, not Dublin, Ireland?

With a 500 foot main span, an 169 nine foot tall tower, and unique “S” shape curve, this is the kind of iconic non-motorized project you would expect to see built in Denmark or the Netherlands, not suburban Columbus, Ohio.

Too often, non-motorized projects in the United States tend to built with an overtly utilitarian focus because precious transportation funding still focuses mostly on motor vehicles. Congrats to Dublin, Ohio for making both a concrete and visual statement about the importance of non-motorized transportation in the United States, too. Well done!

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