Last weekend, Indianapolis received its first-ever on-street bicycle corrals. They were installed in Broad Ripple, at the intersection of Guilford and Westfield.
I contacted Kevin Whited from IndyCog about the project, and here is what he said:
A little info on the Broad Ripple Bike Corrals:
INDYCOG played a very limited role in the process. We presented to BRVA on the virtues of on-street bike corrals, and had a limited role in the facilitation between the City and Green Broad Ripple, BRVA, & Union Jack.
Brenda Rising-Moore from Union Jacks and Neal Bennett from Green Broad Ripple did the lion’s share of the work.Also, the rack in front of the Wellington is not complete, they are ordering yellow parking stops to keep people from running into them and to protect the bicycles. There are 3 more going in as well. One, next to the Broad Ripple Tavern on BR Ave & Carrolton (it will be located in the first parking space on Carrolton (SW Corner) and then one on BR Ave in front of Starbucks and in front of Union Jack (BRVA is still working out the parking issues with Xerox). If I recall correctly, at last report, Xerox wanted the City to buy out those spaces but I’m not sure if that is really where it stands.For more info you should contact Brenda (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Neal (email@example.com).
This project is not the only bike-related one in the neighborhood. Bambu hair salon recently had this business-themed rack installed:
These recent bike rack installations will be made useful, thanks of course to Broad Ripple’s enviable location at the intersection of the Monon Trail, the Canal Towpath, and the Broad Ripple Bike Lanes:
Thankfully, even the Broad Ripple Parking garage also includes interior bicycle parking. Hopefully in the future the neighborhood will have even less of a need for car parking, and more of a need for bike parking.