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First as a citizen activist and later as a five-term mayor of Columbia, Mo., Hindman has worked tirelessly to expand the city's systems of trails, bike lanes and parks.


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An avid cyclist and trail user, Mike Hendricks is a reporter at the Kansas City Star.

Darwin Hindman: Walk the Talk,
Ride the Bike
by Mike Hendricks

s a citizen activist in the 1980s, Darwin Hindman helped convince then-Missouri Governor John Ashcroft and the state legislature to convert an unused rail line
into what remains the longest continuous rail-trail in the United States: the 237-mile
Katy Trail State Park. Then, as a five-term mayor of Columbia, Mo., from 1995 to 2010, Hindman worked tirelessly to expand that city's system of trails, bike lanes and parks. He was instrumental in securing a $25 million federal grant that Columbia is using to develop a non-motorized transportation system that will allow residents to go car-free, if they choose.

"The neat thing in my mind is this guy walked the talk and rode the bike," says Gary Ristow, former recreation services director for Columbia and now director of parks and recreation in the Kansas City suburb of Lenexa, Kan.

Make that "rides" the bike. Even at 78, Hindman rarely misses a day in the saddle, and he's still an active voice in the trails community (indeed he received a
Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions Award in October). When I caught up with him in July, though, he was in the midst of a pedal-free, summer-long vacation, hiking and paddling in Minnesota's canoe country.

Read the complete article by Mike Hendricks online:

 Walk the Talk, Ride the Bike (PDF/174KB)

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