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The Honorable Will Wynn, Mayor of Austin, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Texas Bicycle Coalition on May 22, 2008 on behalf of the Austin City Council.
The certificate recognized many years of effort in areas such as trails and bikeway funding, developing bike safety curriculum training programs for elementary school PE teachers, and building support across the Texas Congressional delegations for Safe Routes to School funding through the federal transportation bill. Benefits for these efforts have been measurable in dollars in cities and regions across Texas, including the Austin Area.
Executive Director Robin Stallings accepted the award on behalf of Texas Bicycle Coalition board members, staff and supporters. Stallings praised the Mayor for commissioning the Street Smarts Task Force in early 2007 to review the state of bicycling in Austin. The City Council accepted the Task Forces’ recommendations in April 2008.
Stallings also praised the City of Austin Public Works staff, about 30 of whom had been at the podium with the Mayor minutes earlier to receive City recognition for a range of recent work which includes bikeways and trails.