COLUMBIA — After years of promoting bicycling in Columbia, Mayor Darwin Hindman received national recognition for his efforts.
The League of American Bicyclists presented Hindman with its Lifetime Achievement Award on March 9 at the 10th annual National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.
Andy Clarke, executive director of the bicyclists' league, presented the award. Clarke cited Hindman’s “leadership in making Columbia a ‘bike friendly’ city,” according to a City of Columbia news release.
The league also awards cities with bronze, silver, gold or platinum status for successful programs promoting bicycling and walking. Columbia recently jumped from no recognition to a silver status. Hindman said he doesn’t know of any city that has made that leap.
Hindman said he was surprised about the award and considered it a “terrific personal honor.” He said he doesn't want to take all the credit, however, because the award and silver status also recognize what is happening in Columbia overall.
“It’s really an award for our community and all the citizens who have been pushing for active transportation in Columbia,” Hindman said.
Michelle Windmoeller, spokeswoman for the PedNet Coalition, said Hindman has done great things to make the city more livable, active and healthy.
“It was nice for the league to recognize that on a national level as well,” she said.