Friday, October 24, 2014

 We stopped for a picture on the Pumpkinvine logo in the trail. Anna and Noah with grandparents, June and John Yoder. Noah took his helmet off for the picture.

Community blogger John D. Yoder enjoys riding on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail with his wife and grandchildren, ages 5 and 7. The trail is level, and there are many opportunities for safety tips and adventures along the way.

Posted on Oct. 18, 2014 at 2:06 p.m.

Riding against traffic is illegal – and dangerous. In case you need convincing, here’s an explanation of why wrong-way riders create problems from community blogger and cycling instructor John D. Yoder.

Posted on Oct. 1, 2014 at 3:46 p.m.
 Cyclist John Yoder of Goshen signals before turning on an Elkhart street.

When cyclists encounter objects blocking bike lanes, both they and the drivers around them could be in danger. Community blogger John D. Yoder shares his thoughts on what cyclists should do when they find their bike paths blocked.

Posted on Sept. 23, 2014 at 3:19 p.m.
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 Nine-year-old Steven Allen, right, and his sister Kiyra Allen, 8, watch as a truck turns onto Woodward Avenue as they ride their bikes on Massachusetts Avenue near their home Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
Posted on Sept. 15, 2014 at 7:19 a.m.

In his latest blog, John Yoder writes about various ways that motorists can help make the roads safer for cyclists and motorists alike.

 Lyle Miller, Goshen, waits for traffic to clear before crossing Plymouth Ave in Goshen.  Bicycle traffic needs are becoming more important to city planners as more people are riding
Posted on Sept. 9, 2014 at 10:02 a.m.

As motorists, we have an opportunity to interact with the cyclists in a supportive way by letting the cyclist know that we respect their right to be on the road.

Posted on Sept. 3, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

Cyclists who disregard the law put other cyclists in jeopardy from retaliation by angry motorists, worsen motorist-cyclist relations and could endanger funding for bicycle-pedestrian facilities.

 Buddy Dyck, Jim Bare, John Yoder, Merritt Lehman, Bill Miller, Elvie Bontrager at Subway in Shipshewana taking a break during Buddy's birthday ride.
Posted on Aug. 27, 2014 at 10:29 a.m.

A birthday bicycle ride, where the number of miles covered equals your age, is a popular way for cyclists to show themselves that though they are aging, they can still do a long bike ride.

 Grace and Ethan Swartz learn the hand signal for a left turn from Cpl. Garner at Bristol's Bicycle Safety program on June 7. Teaching proper bike safety is an important step in forming a bike train for kids.
Posted on Aug. 16, 2014 at 11:43 a.m.

Forming biking trains or walking school buses for kids who don’t live within schools’ transportation ranges can be a safe, convenient alternative to parents driving them each day.

 A bicyclist travels west past a parked car on Beardsley Avenue as motorists drive around him Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The city of Elkhart passed an ordinance stating that motorists must give cyclists a three foot buffer zone as they pass bike riders.
Posted on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:45 a.m.

The recently passed three-foot passing ordinance in the City of Elkhart is only the beginning of a longer educational process needed to make motorists more aware of the best ways to share the road with cyclists.

 A cyclist crosses C.R. 127 where the Pumpkinvine trail meets the roadway.
Posted on Aug. 5, 2014 at 8:18 a.m.

Bicycle Indiana has a new format for its class, Traffic Skills 101, that’s more convenient for adults and teaches cyclists of all abilities how to become a more confident cyclist.

 Participants in the 15th Annual Pumpkinvine Bike Ride approach the U.S. 20 tunnel Saturday June 21, 2014.
Posted on July 26, 2014 at 1:53 p.m.

The urge to get your bike out on the road quickly can be tempting, but don’t let it make you forget essential supplies. As our blogger John Yoder learned, you’ll regret it if things go wrong.

 Two barriers alert bikers to the Norfolk South railroad tracks along the Monroe St. Trail.
Posted on July 18, 2014 at 4:09 p.m.

I rode with about 40 other bikers from downtown Goshen to the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds to showcase and celebrate the opening of the new Monroe Street bike path.

 Bikes are packed together so tightly I wonder how anyone finds theirs.
Posted on July 10, 2014 at 1:48 p.m.

Though he’d been to the city before, cycling blogger John Yoder was once again amazed by Amsterdam’s bike culture on a recent visit. Here’s some of what he learned.

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John D. Yoder
John D. Yoder, before retiring, was a cycling commuter between Goshen and Elkhart and continues his interest in cycling as a recreational rider, teacher of cycling classes and president of the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Inc.