More protected bike lanes coming to Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS - Leaders with the national organization People for Bikes said protected bike lanes are like "sidewalks for bikes" and Indianapolis needs more of them.

In March 2014, the group chose Indy as one of six cities to help with the installation. Now, the Green Lane Project is a reality in the Circle City.  

Representatives from Mayor Greg Ballard’s office unveiled the plans as part of the RebuildIndy initiative Tuesday night at the John H. Boner Center. 

The Department of Public Works will provide separated bike lanes on New York and Michigan streets between College Avenue and Rural Street in the Near East Side neighborhood. They’ll run in the direction of vehicle traffic on these one-way streets: east on New York Street and west on Michigan Street.

The single bike lanes will turn into double lanes for two-way bike traffic on the stretch that runs from Arsenal Avenue to Rural Street to help bicyclists gain better access to neighborhoods. 

At different points, the bikeway will be separated from the roadway with raised concrete median curbs, raised tree lawns or painted buffers.

City of Indianapolis Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Jamison Hutchins says Shelby Street, in the heart of Fountain Square, is a good example of what the project will look like when it’s done. He hopes to bring protected bike lanes to more neighborhoods as funding allows.

Construction will begin in May and end in October. The $1.5 million city project will also include resurfacing of New York and Michigan streets.

People for Bikes provided a $40,000 grant to help pay for landscaping once it’s finished.

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