DPW is scheduling a public meeting to discuss the implementations of bike lanes on New York and Michigan Streets. This seems like a good thing, but are painted bike lanes safe, or do they just give bikers the illusion of safety? Frequently linked Streetsblog seems to thing the latter. Their solution is physically separated bike lanes. Having seen these all over the place in Amsterdam, I have to admit that they look great there. Now, Indianapolis is not Amsterdam by a long shot, but that does not mean we can not learn from them.
The city is looking to diversify our transportation options, which is badly needed. Bike lanes are a great first step towards recognizing our advantage of being a flat city. I hope that the city does not give up on bike lanes if they are not popular at the outset, and will start looking for ways to go even further. It will be difficult to break the “drive or die” mentality of this city, but cracks are starting to show.