When IndyCog released their Ride Guide, something unfortunate jumped out me: Many of our city’s bridges are hostile to cycling. Notice the number of bridges that are colored in Magenta on the city-wide PDF.
I know this first-hand from riding north along Delaware street while being surrounded by cars the intersection with Fall Creek Blvd. And this is the best bridge in the area for northbound cyclists. Illinois Street 5 blocks to the west does have a bike lane, but someone closer to the eastern edge of downtown might be better off heading over to the Monon Trail. The big problem is, this bridge is the connection between the bike-friendly streets of Alabama St. and Washington Blvd. And that is the case all over town.
The bridge problem also carries over into our sidewalks. The Meridian Street Bridge over Fall Creek was recently rehabilitated, but the project did not do anything to increase safety for pedestrians, despite their document to the contrary. Urban Indy blogger Chris Corr sent this photo of the newly repaved street:
Not exactly inviting to walk along Indianapolis’ “Main Street.” Shouldn’t this be the first place to correct this long-standing issue?
I’m aware that bridges have a limited amount of space to work with, and that when they intersect with streets that parallel the rivers, car capacity will increase. But it appears that most of these refinishing projects are just updating what is there, rather than improving upon it. It is frustrating as a citizen to see good money put into maintaining the dangerous status quo.