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Multi-use trails are wonderful places to get away from traffic, but trail users need to be considerate of other users while they are biking, jogging or walking, community blogger John D. Yoder says.

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 5:00 a.m.
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Respect for others, common sense and common courtesy go a long way toward keeping the peace on publicly used trails, community blogger John D. Yoder says. Being aware of proper trail etiquette makes them safer for cyclists, walkers, joggers and rollerbladers alike.

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.
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At the beginning of spring, before rain and sweepers have cleaned the streets, cyclists need to watch out for gravel and sand. Here’s some advice for safely cycling through the mess that’s accumulated on the sides of roads and in bike lanes.

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 10:21 a.m.
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I’m thrilled to abandon the stationary indoor bike for the first ride of spring outside.

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 11:05 a.m.

According to Goshenites Tim Drescher, John Nafziger and Les Gustafson-Zook, there are lots of benefits to cycling in the winter — even when there’s snow on the ground.

Posted on Feb. 25, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

One of the most effective ways to make cyclists obey the law is for law enforcement officers to issue more warnings and tickets, community blogger and cycling instructor John D. Yoder says.

Posted on Feb. 18, 2015 at 3:34 p.m.

When you don’t adequately prepare for a week-long bike ride like RAGBRAI, you end up depending on the good will of strangers to bail you out, community blogger John D. Yoder says. Fortunately, in Iowa, the good people are never far away.

Posted on Feb. 17, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.

Elkhart County has yet to have a business be named bicycle-friendly by the League of American Bicyclists, which community blogger John Yoder says is an important distinction. 

Posted on Feb. 5, 2015 at 12:22 p.m.

A statewide 3-foot bicycle passing law would be one tool we, as cyclists and motorists, could use to share the road more intelligently and safely, community blogger John D. Yoder says. Four bills being considered by Indiana lawmakers could make the proposed rule a reality.

Posted on Jan. 27, 2015 at 3:13 p.m.

The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) is the oldest and largest cross-state ride in the U.S. Its appeal is getting to ride with 10,000 other cyclists and experiencing the hospitality of Iowa small towns.

Posted on Jan. 21, 2015 at 11:12 a.m.

A home bicycle repair shop doesn’t require a lot of space, but to be efficient and inviting, it should be well organized, community blogger John D. Yoder says. Here are a few tips from one of his friends, whose shop serves as a great example.

Posted on Jan. 14, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

When the weather is bad, cycling enthusiasts like community blogger John D. Yoder turn to stationary bikes to stay in shape. Here are his tips for making your workout effective and fun.

Posted on Jan. 13, 2015 at 5:39 p.m.

When you visit Chicago and need to make a short trip in the downtown area, check out the bike-share system, community blogger John D. Yoder says. It’s cheaper than a taxi and faster than a bus for short distances.

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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.

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