(La Porte, IN) - The City of La Porte is being recognized nationwide for making bicycling throughout the community safer and easier. The League of American Bicyclists designated La Porte as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community.
City Planner David Heinold said the declaration is a testament to the city’s commitment to offering resources that benefit residents of all ages and abilities while encouraging healthier and more sustainable transportation choices.
“The City of La Porte strives to create a welcoming environment for all people where bicycling is a major part of living an active and healthy lifestyle. We are committed to providing quality opportunities for residents and visitors to see our beautiful city by bicycle,” he said.
La Porte Mayor Tom Dermody said the designation will provide an edge in attracting new businesses and residents to the community because of how much quality of life is considered by employers and individuals in deciding where to locate. He further assured that it’s also a selling point to help keep current students living here as adults and attract prior graduates back to the community.
“It just shows there’s something for everybody in La Porte,” he said.
The city has invested considerable time in recent years developing walking and bicycling trails with more planned in the future. La Porte joins 500 other communities throughout the country in attaining one of five bicycle-friendly levels of designation by the League of American Bicyclists. Criteria for consideration include bicycle-related infrastructure, education, and events. For more information, visit bikeleague.org/community.
The focus of the group is on safer roads for bicyclists, promoting how bicyclists make for stronger communities and furthering the push toward a “Bicycle Friendly America.” The organization founded in 1880 in Newport, Rhode Island is now based in Washington D.C.