When Boston ranked as Bicycling Magazine’s “Worst City for Bicyling” three years in a row, the Mayor got serious and decided he wanted to make a change. He quickly hired bicycle racing champion, Nicole Freedman, as bicycle coordinator, began reviewing infrastructure planning concepts in cities like Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Portland, purchased himself a three-speed Trek, and set to work on making major changes to elevate his city away from that ranking. For a man who hadn’t bicycled in 40 years, he was serious. Also, to prove he meant business, Mayor Menino bicycled to City Hall:
Inspired by this display of action, BFOC launched our own Dallas Bikes to City Hall campaign on October 7th, which was well attended by council members, city planners, business owners, and residents. But one person was missing…Mayor Leppert. Now that Dallas has replaced Boston as “Worst City for Bicycling” on Bicycling Magazine’s list, BFOC is ready to up the ante and offer the following challenge: If the Mayor rides to City Hall within 30 days, we will provide 5 bike racks to Oak Cliff area DISD elementary schools.
That’s right, the gauntlet has been laid, and we’re offering this challenge to prove that our chowder eatin’ neighbors to the North won’t leave us in the dust. And if inspiration is needed on what we can do to make the city a better place for bicycling, we can think of a few people to ask for advice. Also, if you are a business or resident that is interested in supporting this challenge, feel free to offer purchase of a bike rack to your local area school, and we will post it here to help sweeten the pot.
So mark your calendars. Today is October 22nd, and once we’ve received an announcement from Mr. Leppert and the day has been set, we’ll be on hand at City Hall Plaza with camera’s ready!