On April 22, 2010, Mayor Greg Ballard accepted Indianapolis’s Bicycle Friendly City – Bronze designation from League of American Bicyclists, presented by League Executive Director Andy Clarke. The event took place on the City Market Plaza in downtown Indianapolis.
Students from the Project School (http://www.indianapolisprojectschool.org/) arrived by bike.
Over 100 cyclists, friends of cycling and city officials were on the City Market Plaza.
Mayor Greg Ballard was very enthusiastic in his review of accomplishments and future plans for cycling in the city.
Many in the crowd watched and listened from their bikes.
Andy Clarke, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists. Andy discussed the League history, and Indy’s accomplishment in achieving a Bronze Bicycle Friendly City rating.
Mayor Ballard with Andy displays the Bicycle Friendly City Signs that will begin appearing around Indianapolis.
Connie Szabo Schmucker, BGi Advocacy Director, is a long time volunteer and professional bicycle advocate. She spoke on behalf of Randy Clark of Bicycle Garage Indy. Andy present Bicycle Garage Indy with it’s Gold Bicycle Friendly Business designation. The award recognizes efforts in advocacy in support of cycling and employee commuting by bicycle to work.
IndyCog, Bicycle Indiana, Central Indiana Community Service, Marion County Health Department, and Indianapolis Greenways were among the many supporting groups in attendance.
The NIFS (National Institute of Fitness and Sports) gang commuted over in mass for the presentation. NIFS headquarters hosts a BikePort locker facility just off the IUPUI campus.
Tom, Pete and Eduardo, and Stacie, 4 friends and regular Monon Commuters who stopped by for the event.
A great looking sign. Work is already underway to apply for Silver or Gold Status!
Cycling Friends in City Hall. Andy Lutz, PE, Senior Project Manager and Bicycle/ Pedestrian Coordinator, Mayor Greg Ballard, (Andy Clark, Executive Director, LAB,) and Karen Haley, Director, Office of Sustainability.
(Photos by Jay Hardcastle for Bicycle Garage Indy.)