Bicycle Garage Indy was involved with getting Andy Clarke, president of League of American Bicyclists, to Indianapolis for a celebration/photo op with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard to celebrate Indianapolis’ designation as a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community.  BGI was also recognized at the celebration on Thursday, April 22, 2010 as a Gold level Bicycle Friendly Business.

After the celebration, I took Andy Clarke on a tour of Indianapolis, highlighting what’s been accomplished and what we hope to acheive in the near future. He was duly impressed. Andy had been sent the feedback Indianapolis has been given last fall when we received the Bronze designation and as he listened to Mayor Ballard tout the most recent accomplishments, he realized we has already accomplished much on the "to-do" list we had been given.

The next morning Andy led the bike train for St. Thomas Aquinas Walk/Bike to School with Your Grandparent event. I participated in the bike ride and got the opportunity to meet Rep. Andre Carson, Mayor Ballard, and USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood. It was a whirlwind 24 hours.

Here are some links of media coverage of the event:

LAB’s blog about the 4/22 event
http://www.bikeleague.org/blog/2010/04/indianapolis-bicycling-and-ray-lahood/

LAB’s blog on the Bike to School event:
http://www.bikeleague.org/blog/2010/04/big-names-at-indianapolis-safe-routes-to-school-event/

USDOT Sec. LaHood’s blog
http://fastlane.dot.gov/2010/04/grandparents-day-safe-routes-to-school-mash-up.html

NUVO item
http://www.nuvo.net/NewsBlog/archives/2010/04/23/indianapolis-a-bicycle-friendly-city

Courier-Journal – Louisville, KY
http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20100423/NEWS02/4240304/-1/EXTRAS05/Obama+official+walks+kids+to+Indianapolis+school

IndyStar
http://www.indystar.com/article/20100423/NEWS04/4230374/Obama-official-walks-kids-to-Northside-school

USDOT policy article/backlash
http://www.theindychannel.com/automotive/23144733/detail.html

St. Thomas Aquinas website – photos
http://www.staindy.org/school/section.php?page=3-84

another Indy website coverage
http://www.indy.com/posts/obama-official-walks-kids-to-northside-school

And in our own blogs:
http://blog.bgindy.com/blog/bicycle-garage-indy/0/0/bicycle-friendly-city-event-in-downtown-indianapolis

Connie Szabo Schmucker
Advocacy Director
Bicycle Garage Indy / BGI Fitness
Indianapolis & Greenwood, IN
cschmucker@bgindy.com
www.bgindy.com