Philadelphia, September 12, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter was honored during the annual Interbike International Bicycle Exposition (Interbike) in Las Vegas, Nevada, for his leadership in making Philadelphia a safe and appealing city for biking. Interbike, billed as the largest annual gathering of the bicycle industry in North America, is a forum to celebrate, educate and conduct the business of cycling. The IB Awards, Interbike’s first annual black-tie industry awards gala, was held Thursday evening at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, at which Mayor Nutter received the inaugural Interbike Advocacy Leadership Award. Mrs. Lisa J. Nutter accepted the award on Mayor Nutter’s behalf.
“I am honored to receive the inaugural Interbike Advocacy Leadership award,” said Mayor Nutter. “As Mayor, I have worked hard to make Philadelphia one of the most bike-friendly cities in America. We have created more than 200 miles of dedicated bike lanes, invested in pedestrian and bicycling safety programs, and, beginning next spring we are launching the first bike share system in the U.S. to offer access to residents without credit cards. As a result, Philadelphia is the top bicycle commuting city of the nation’s ten biggest cities, and one of only three cities to place two neighborhoods in the top 25 neighborhoods for bicycle commuting in the country.
The Interbike Advocacy Leadership Award is given to a mayor, governor, civic leader or corporate executive who has championed the cause of getting more people on bikes. Mayor Nutter was nominated and selected to receive the award by PeopleForBikes, a national organization which includes an industry coalition of bicycling suppliers and retailers, as well as a charitable foundation. Interbike Awards were presented in 37 categories; Mayor Nutter was the only elected official selected to win an award.