WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette is officially one of the most Bicycle Friendly Communities in the nation.
The League of American Bicyclists honored city leaders with a bronze level award this week. West Lafayette was recognized for making the streets safer and more accessible for bikes.
Mayor Dennis said this wouldn't have been possible without city engineer Marcus Smith. He has been working for months to get the city recognized.
Dennis also gives credit to former Mayor Sonya Margerum who started the bike-friendly initiative.
“We have 40,000-plus students, we have a large international population that comes from countries where bicycling is the primary mode of transportation and she had the vision to see that we actually use some of our engineering technology to allow for the bicyclists to have a safe passageway,” said Dennis.
West Lafayette is considered a smaller community but Dennis said this award reflects a bigger movement happening across the country.
“It used to be that small cities took guidance from larger cities but now I'm seeing more and more across the country that larger cities are starting to look to smaller cities as an example of how to be much more prosocial to their population,” said Dennis.
West Lafayette joins 488 other awarded communities in the country moving toward safer streets. The city also joins 53 communities in the nation working toward more vibrant, healthy and sustainable spaces.