Shelbyville Mayor's Bike Ride 2012
With calliope music wafting in the square, the inaugural Shelbyville Mayor’s bike ride went off without a hitch.
About a dozen adult riders came to join in the day’s fun which included free hotdogs and soda. “The Square” is actually downtown Shelbyville’s traffic circle enclosing a fountain, gathering area, and parking spaces. Fire, S.W.A.T. and other city vehicles on hand for display and a bright, sunny day lent a festive air to the event.
The three mile ride followed a city motorcycle policeman to Sunset Park in Shelbyville and returned to the Square. The event planted a thematic flag in the civic policies of newly elected Mayor Tom DeBaun. “We’re trying to promote Shelbyville as a bike-friendly community,” DeBaun said.
Creating safe venues for outdoor non motorized transportation and recreation using public land and accesses have long been the goal of Hoosier Rails to Trails Council.
Since last fall, the Hoosier Rails to Trails Council staff have met with bike enthusiasts and members of city and county government from Shelbyville. Organized by Lydi Davidson of Community Aspiration of Shelby County, these meetings aim to improving the quality of life in Shelby County. By creating designated routes within the city and to nearby towns these efforts seek to encourage people to get around outdoors safely and enjoy their community more.
Events like the Mayor’s Bike Ride help promote bike-ped pathways to connect residents to parks and even to other communities, help create community cohesion and promote health by encouraging physical activity while opening new venues for commerce and trade