Thanks to a $500,000 grant awarded by the Indiana Department of Transportation a new bicycle initiative will take place. The federal money will be spent to support bike lanes, bike racks, a bike port initiative and bike lane education in Indianapolis. The Michigan and New York street corridor are two place bike lanes will be added. This is all about connecting the suburbs to city and allowing people to commute on bicycles.
“A lot of people are afraid to ride in traffic. We hope this will get people out who heretofore may not have gotten out on the roads,” says Jonathon Juillerat, Indiana Bicycle Coalition.
“A city that is bicycle friendly and has a lot of people using it is a combination of many different bicycle facilities. Bicycle lanes are one of those. Bicycle pathways and trails are another,” said Richard Vonnegut Hoosier Rails and Trails.
Enthusiasts say its not just about the bike lanes its about bike ports. At a bike port someone could actually shower there and then put on their suit for work and then at the end of the day change clothes and head home on their bicycle.
In addition to the bike lanes and bike ports, 225 bike racks will be placed around the city.
The end goal is for the city to have a network of trails and streets that allow cyclists the opportunity to commute to work and move safely around town.
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