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GOP Mayor Greg Ballard: Making Bicycling a Priority in Indianapolis

Across the nation, many big-city mayors of both political parties are embracing bikes and livable streets. As you'll see, Indianapolis' Mayor Greg Ballard, a Republican, believes that making city cycling safer and more enjoyable will attract young people and families and benefit business.

Ballard has expanded the number of miles of bike lanes from one (in 2007) to over 75, and there are plans for 200 miles of bikeways by the year 2015. In addition, the city has seen the grand opening of the magnificent Indianapolis Cultural Trail (there's a great Streetfilm coming on that shortly), which features eight miles of safe biking and walking paths.

Mayor Ballard also does it with his body and voice. He now personally leads four bike rides per year, encouraging people to get healthy, have fun and see their city from a different perspective.

Clarence Eckerson, Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • itched

    That's adorable.

    I will give it to him that he's trying & I am happy for that. Indiana has had a weird culture being based on cars. You'll get there.

  • Tom Petrie

    Hi Clarence and Street Films, Give us an email address or other link so we can write to the Mayor to say "good job!". Politicians need to know people appreciate what they're doing. Yes, I could figure it out for myself, but you probably know it.

  • http://www.streetfilms.org Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    I'd just send him a tweet on Twitter at @MayorBallard I'll tell his staff about your comment and see if they post an address for him.
    He's a great guy, wish I could have went biking with him but he was on a tight schedule.

  • John Andersen

    I love it. Cycling and walking for transportation is becoming hip.

    We have been happily car-free for two years. It's good to know we don't have to work anymore to get people to understand why we do what we do,

  • JH
  • AJ Corrales

    Absolutely a great video of the Mayor, what he stands for, and what he is doing for the city of Indianapolis! I've been on the Mayor's bike rides and they are wonderful! Go, Mayor Ballard!!! And kudos to Clarence for a wonderful video!!!