Cyclists will have the opportunity to pedal the new US 31 between Plymouth and South Bend this Saturday during the one-time-only One and Done event sponsored the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Bike Michiana Coalition.
This non-competitive cycling opportunity will allow individuals to ride on the new highway before vehicular traffic is allowed. The 24-mile loop will allow bikers to explore as much or as little as they choose.
Media Relations Director, Matt Deitchley for INDOT said, “As INDOT works to bring a safer and more efficient U.S. 31 to drivers between South Bend and Plymouth, we’re happy to facilitate better health, community involvement, and children’s bike safety through this great event.” He continued, “One the new U.S. 31 is open to traffic later this year, no bicycles will be allowed on the highway. INDOT is excited to provide this one time opportunity to hit the road.”
The route for the Bike U.S. 31 event will be open from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. with the entrance positioned just east of the stoplight at Pierce Road or State Road 4 and U.S. 31. The ride does require all participants to wear helmets and sign a waiver before hitting the road.
Registration for the event is free, although the Bike Michiana Coalition is asking for a $10 donation on the day of the race. The proceeds will help purchase bike helmets for 3-grade students across the community. Registration information for Bike31: One and Done can be found at visitsouthbend.com.