James J. Maguire Jr. presents Dan Hilferty, Independence CEO, with the Maguire Award. Photo courtesy of Lora Reehling Photography.
On Tuesday, October 29, Independence Blue Cross CEO Daniel J. Hilferty received the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s highest honor — the Maguire Award. Hilferty was recognized at the organization’s annual gala and awards dinner for his efforts to make biking more accessible in the Philadelphia region, including Independence’s support of the Indego bike share program and Bike to Work Day.
“I accept this award on behalf of our company, but also on behalf of everyone in Greater Philadelphia who believes in the power of cycling. We believe a strong community is a healthy community, and bikes build community,” said Hilferty.
In recognizing the important work being done by the Bicycle Coalition, Hilferty went on to share: “The Bicycle Coalition is bringing cycling education to all neighborhoods and communities. They have found so many ways to encourage access so that bicycling becomes a lifelong pursuit for more Philadelphians.”
The Bicycle Coalition also honored three other individuals at the gala:
- Vision Zero Award to John Taylor, former Pennsylvania state representative, for his leadership in passing enabling legislation in 2018 for speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard, the Commonwealth’s most dangerous roadway.
- Special Service Award to Leslye Silver, former board chair of the Bicycle Coalition, for her board service and youth development efforts.
- Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling Athlete of the Year to Jahiem Williams
Hilferty joined a distinguished list of past recipients bringing bicycling opportunities to people in the Philadelphia region, including:
- Patrick Cunnane, CEO of FujiUSA
- Jay Snider, former president of the Flyers and co-founder of the original Cadence Youth Foundation, now renamed the Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling
- Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
- The Philadelphia Eagles