City of Carmel seeking name suggestions for new bike safety mascot

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The City of Carmel’s new mascot to promote bike safety will wear a Bike Carmel performance T-shirt, bike shorts, bike gloves, helmet and shoes. (Submitted photo)

The City of Carmel is seeking help from the community to name a new mascot to promote biking.

The mascot, a tan and brown dog with a long bushy tail, will attend public events and festivals to bring attention to bike safety and amenities in Carmel.

Bike Carmel and the Rollfast Foundation, a nonprofit that encourages bicycling, partnered to create the mascot with the help of Carmel-based design firm Wilkinson Brothers.

The city is asking that name suggestions be simple, easy to say and have a relationship to bicycling. Ideas will be accepted through 5 p.m. May 24. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to The Old Spaghetti Factory courtesy of Good Day Carmel. Submit nominations at goo.gl/forms/tKv4Kze4g2c4lmMt1.

The city is also searching for people to portray and assist the mascot at events. Candidates must be physically fit, able to withstand heat and other inclement weather, lift 50 pounds and be agile enough to move easily with the costume. Mascot assistants must be comfortable engaging with the community and directing the mascot.

This story will be updated.

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