South Bend named as a Bicycle Friendly Community
In an elite quality-of-life measure, South Bend today became the first community in northern Indiana to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists for its “remarkable commitment” to promoting bicycling.
The designation places South Bend among 158 communities in 43 states (four in Indiana) for their demonstrated ability in providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging residents to bike for transportation and recreation. Together, they represent the top one-half of 1percent of the nearly 30,000 incorporated U.S. cities.
“This award is presented only to communities with remarkable commitments to bicycling,” said Bill Nesper, director of the Bicycle Friendly America program for the League of American Bicyclists, one of the largest U.S. membership associations of cyclists. “It is great to see the bicycle-friendly bar being raised in communities across the nation.”
“We’re proud of this national recognition of the progress we’ve made in South Bend with the development of trails along the St. Joseph River and bike lanes in our city streets,” said Mayor Stephen J. Luecke. “We will continue to work with our partners in the bicycling community, such as the Bike Michiana Coalition and Bike the Bend, to increase bicycling alternatives and make South Bend a more livable community.”
Earlier this year, the first Bike the Bend drew nearly 1,800 recreational bicyclists to the streets of South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County. South Bend also became Indiana’s leading city for commuting by bicycle, according to 2008 U.S. Census statistics.
For more information, visit www.SouthBendIN.gov/bike
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America’s 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information, visit www.bikeleague.org or http://www.bikeleague.org/ programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/communities/
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