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p4spU rp 8F� <br /> U d <br /> �ACF. <br /> x x <br /> 1865 <br /> Office of the Mayor <br /> NEWS RELEASE <br /> April 28,2011 <br /> Ceremony marks national ranking <br /> South Bend receives Bicycle Friendly Community signage <br /> Contact: Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications&Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876-1564 <br /> or Chris Dressel, Bicycle Coordinator, 235-9371 <br /> A representative from the League of American Bicyclists today presented Mayor Stephen <br /> J. Luecke with official roadway signage designating South Bend as a Bicycle Friendly <br /> Community. <br /> The ceremony formally marked South Bend's entrance into an elite group of 158 U.S. <br /> cities in 43 states, so designated for their "remarkable commitment" to bicycling. South <br /> Bend is one of four Indiana cities designated and the only Bicycle Friendly Community <br /> in northern Indiana. <br /> "The League of American Bicyclists was impressed with many aspects of South Bend's <br /> bicycling community, including the growing bike culture in South Bend. South Bend is <br /> becoming an even better place for cycling," said Nancy Tibbett, a League representative. <br /> Tibbett cited the increased volume of bicycle commuting, the high participation in <br /> bicycling events and the proximity of residents to bike routes—nearly 70 percent live <br /> within a quarter-mile—as factors in South Bend's bronze-level designation. "The League <br /> looks forward to helping South Bend move up the ranks and become an even better <br /> cycling city," she said. <br /> Luecke also announced that the City of South Bend has recently surpassed his <br /> commitment in his 2007 State of the City address to add 50 miles of new bike routes by <br /> the end of 2011. <br />