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Guest Post – Broad Ripple Bike Lane Background, by Thomas Healy

The Broad Ripple bike lanes are the most contentious project that Urban Indy has ever covered.  The article posted by Curt Ailes turned out to be the most commented on the site, but it was getting so heated that I decided to shut down the discussion for the time.  We have reached out to one of the major players in the process, Tom Healy, member of the Broad Ripple Village Association Board, in the hopes of adding some additional background information about how the bike lanes came in to existence.   I hope this article can shed a bit of light on the situation (the original article with images can...
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Measured Progress: Bike Lanes on Broad Ripple Ave

Measured Progress: Bike Lanes on Broad Ripple Ave
Last week, guide lines went down on Broad Ripple Ave between the village and Keystone Avenue. I knew that the thermostriped permanent ones would not be far behind. Well, the new lines are down and my initial expectations for what the corridor would look like have been exceeded.  The new design has caused a small stir in the twittersphere as I noticed some people wondering what the city was thinking of when they designed this. I even received a call from Fox 59 seeking comment on camera. I accepted, but the story was changed and I never got the opportunity to talk about it. Regardless, this tells me...
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Separated Bike Paths: Safer, More Useful, and Possibly Less Controversial

Separated Bike Paths: Safer, More Useful, and Possibly Less Controversial
Few subjects draw the ire of neighborhood residents like bike lanes. Our posts on the Broad Ripple bike lanes featured comment threads that got almost out of control. And to this day, I still think in general these lanes are a positive change, as vehicles drive slower through the section now, and the road feels safer to the user (including pedestrians and drivers, as well as cyclists). The lanes are basically a simple coat of white paint. The pavement that was a 40-mile an hour 4 lane road is slightly less of a stroad now. I haven’t talked much about bike lanes since the Broad Ripple Avenue ones...
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Broad Ripple Poised to be a Bicycling Leader in the City

Broad Ripple Poised to be a Bicycling Leader in the City
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...
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Bike Lanes that AREN’T happening in Indy

Bike Lanes that AREN’T happening in Indy
Everyday, it seems a feel-good story floats across my twitter feed about a new bicycling facility that was constructed somewhere. Whether it was a new cycle track in Chicago or a beer pong bike lane in NYC, the data tells me that when dedicated cycling infrastructure is built, the press given to the local response is positive and that new riders are getting out on the roads. It should come as no surprise that my heart asks, why isn’t Indianapolis doing more of this? To be sure, we are making great strides here when it comes to cycling. I have been reporting the construction progress of the 62nd...
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