South Bend named one of most bike friendly communities in Midwest

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced Wednesday that the city is now one of the most bike friendly communities in the Midwest.

The mayor was all smiles as he held the award given by the League of American Bicyclists, recognizing the city's effort towards making South Bend a more environmentally and bike friendly city.

The city will now have a "Bike Friendly Community" sign to mark its Silver Level status. South Bend is only the second city in Indiana to receive the Silver designation.

Buttigieg also noted South Bend has close to two percent of community members commuting by bicycle each day.

He even said that every day last year – even in freezing temperatures and snow – a lime bike was used.

Mayor Buttigieg said this is a giant step towards bike safety for those commuting each day.

"This really is a big day for South Bend. For years, we have been aspiring to reach the next level of bicycle friendliness," said Buttigieg. "Having this level of certification from the League of American Bicyclists makes us officially one of the most bicycle friendly communities in the nation. We're proud of that and we want to recognize that's a result of a team coalition coming together to make this happen."

Mayor Buttigieg said he first got the idea of improving bike safety and promoting the environmentally friendly transportation after his own trip to Denmark, a country that emphasizes bikes as a form of transportation yet is one of the coldest big cities in the world.