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Bike 31: One and Done lets bicyclists ride free of any vehicles

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Hundreds of riders were out for the Bike 31: One and Done event Hundreds of riders were out for the Bike 31: One and Done event
Hundreds of bicyclists made their way over to the new US 31 highway for the Bike 31: One and Done event, Saturday. Riders were able to get a firsthand look at the new highway without any other vehicles on it.

Riders had the opportunity to drive for a 24 mile loop on the highway. Troy Rowe drove to the event from his home in Lakeville. He says riding without any vehicles near him was a new experience. "That was very awesome. Not having to worry about traffic and just bicycles it made it a lot easier because you really could just ride," Rowe said.

Judy Lee is the President of the Bike Michiana Coalition and the organizer of the Bike 31: One and Done. She says Saturday's event is a representation of what the organization stands for. "One of the biggest bicycle advocacies that we do is to promote bicycle safety. This truly is a place where you are safe," Lee said.

Lee says she expected around 1,500 people to join in the four hour event. "Oh the turnout is just awesome. Even better than we expected," she said.

People in attendance varied in age and riding experience. There were families with their children as well as competitive racers. One of the riders was 85-year-old Carl Grove. "I've had a great time on a bicycle in my life and I've enjoyed every minute of it. And it's good to be around like minded people," Grove said.

Grove has won several world bicycling competitions in his time. Saturday’s ride was just for pure enjoyment. "It's never too late to start something to keep active. Life will be better for you. Just stay active. I don't care what you do."

Riders were allowed to decide when and where they wanted to start and end their ride. The point of the event was to welcome anyone interested in going for a bike ride to be able to do it in a safe environment. "If you didn't come out today, you missed out," Rowe said.

The event was free but those in attendance were asked to give a donation. The money collected goes to the Bike Michiana Coalition who uses it to purchases helmets which are given to local children taking Bike Safety Classes.
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