Keeping up a bike friendly reputation

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Fort Wayne once again holds the designation of being a “bicycle friendly community” and the announcement came just a day ahead of a number of annual cycling events in and around downtown.

This is the second time Fort Wayne has earned the distinction from the League of American Bicyclists, which focuses on a city’s willingness to improve cycling conditions, as well as promote cycling. Cities can apply for the designation every four year and more than 370 cities currently hold the designation in the U.S.

The city of Fort Wayne encouraged residents to take to their bikes on May 20, as part of the national “Bike to Work Day.” The city provided breakfast that Friday morning to participants at Headwaters Park. Organizers said about 75 people, the most ever, took part in the event, commuting by bike.

Bicycles were again a feature the following day as Fort4Fitness kicked off its annual Spring Cycle in downtown Fort Wayne. Gathering that Saturday morning, more than 1,000 riders took part in varying distances – 10-, 16-, 34-, 44- and 62-mile rides.

The Spring Cycle concluded with the Kickstart Block Party in Headwaters Park that afternoon. Kickstart is a month-long program of events that celebrate bikes, art and music.

Also ongoing May 21 was Le Tour de Fort. Since 2009, Le Tour de Fort LLC has sponsored a bicycle ride and pub crawl in Fort Wayne to support veterans and promote community. Fourteen area bars, restaurants and pubs participated in the event.