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Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

In Fort Wayne and around the globe, more and more people are using bicycles for health and recreation, and even as a mode of transportation.

 The city’s trail system – which allows bikes – has has increased increases in length and popularity in the last decade. But street infrastructure is slowly but surely increasing as well. But how does a more bike-friendly environment come to pass? WBOI’s Virginia Alvino tells us more about how the planning process works, and how projects are chosen.

Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

In Fort Wayne, motorists and cyclists sometimes struggle to share the road – and there are the collisions to prove it. 

In the past five years in Allen County there have been more than 400 collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles, including two fatalities and more than 300 injuries. The number one reason? Failure to yield. And police say both motorists and cyclists are each at fault only about half the time.

The rules of the road are pretty straightforward – share.

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General Motors will invest $1.2 billion to expand its Fort Wayne truck assembly plant. The company says it’s among their largest manufacturing investments ever in the U.S.

The automotive company will expand and upgrade the existing facility which builds Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. The investment will add 1.5 million square feet to the plant, including a new paint shop and expanded body shop. The plant currently employs around 3,800 workers.

The company says the upgrades will improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

B-cycle

The City of Fort Wayne is exploring the possibility of installing a bike sharing system downtown and along the rivers.  

B-cycle is a company that makes bikes available to rent in 41 cities across the U.S.

The system is part of the sharing economy, like Uber or Air BnB. Here’s how it works – sign up online, choose a bike from a public station, get on, and ride. 

Daily or monthly passes are available, or in some cities you can pay as you go.

Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne’s public safety departments are partnering with a  southeast­side ministry to provide public safety camps for kids and teens.  

Bridge of Grace Ministries will host Fort Wayne’s fire and police departments, and  up to three hundred kids for three weeklong public safety camps. 

The idea is to educate the youth about how to respond to public safety situations in  their own neighborhoods, and to potentially groom them for their own careers in  public safety.

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