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Volume 4 Issue 29  August 7, 2014
Indianapolis and Portland exchanged sustainability agendas and common goals for advancing livable cities last week. In town--and on a bike--for the second time in three years, Indianapolis Mayor Gregory Ballard rode in Cycle Oregon’s 10th Annual Policymakers Ride and participated in a forum hosted by ELGL,

Ballard explained his Midwestern approach to greener cities:
  • “Sustainability is common sense. Sustainability is about preparing ourselves for the future, which is the original definition of sustainability.”
  • “Our sustainability initiatives connect directly to budget savings for our citizens. We demonstrate success in the bottom line.”
And then Ballard challenged Portland: "You have been the leaders in these things, but other cities like us are catching up. And we need you to lead us to the next great initiative. So, 'GET ON IT!'"

Pictured (counter-clockwise from top): Mayor Ballard comments at conclusion of policy ride; a photo from Indy's 2012 study tour of Portland's urban bike routes; donning an Indy500 style checkered flag bike helmet, a gift from Nutcase Helmets; PSU President Wim Wiewel speaks to policymakers at the emerging Innovation Quadrant.
BEST PRACTICES UPDATE

A marvel of urban infrastructure, the Cultural Trail connects 8 miles through the heart of  Indianapolis. According to Mayor Ballard, this investment has increased bicycling and spurred real estate development in his city. Take a ride next time you're there or take a virtual ride today courtesy of Street Films.


 
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