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Hundreds of Indy residents joined Mayor Greg Ballard on a brisk and blustery snow-flurry-filled Jan. 2 morning for his inaugural 12.2 mile Polar Bear Pedal.

By Rebecca Townsend

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Hundreds of Indy residents joined Mayor Greg Ballard on a brisk and blustery snow-flurry-filled Jan. 2 morning for his inaugural 12.2 mile Polar Bear Pedal from the Indy Bike Hub YMCA at City Market to Major Taylor Velodrome and back.

More than 600 people pre-registered for the event. Scores more registered on site at the Indy Bike Hub.

Hometown Indy boy Jacob Kokotkiewicz, who served in the Army Infantry, is now a year and a half into his job as a deputy sheriff. NUVO asked him: "Why come out in 25 degree weather to ride in the snow this morning?"

"Why not?" he replied. "Life's too short to sit inside drinking hot chocolate and wishing it was warmer outside."

Ballard said the ride is "just a crazy idea that happened two months ago ... highlighting the connectivity in the city.

"...It's just the beginning. You're gonna see a lot more bike riding this year; more people riding to work.

"The feeling around here is tremendous."

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Rebecca Townsend

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Rebecca Townsend served as NUVO news editor from May 2011 to August 2014. During a 20-plus year career, her bylines have appeared in publications ranging from Indiana AgriNews to the Wall Street Journal. Her undergraduate degree is in sociology and anthropology from Earlham College, and her master's is in journalism... more

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