Ballard explained his Midwestern approach to greener cities:
â€œSustainability is common sense. Sustainability is about preparing ourselves for the future, which is the original definition of sustainability.â€
â€œOur sustainability initiatives connect directly to budget savings for our citizens. We demonstrate success in the bottom line.â€
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.
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.