Bike Lanes and Learning Curves
Indianapolis has come an incredibly long way since I was involved in local advocacy work. In just 5 years we’ve gone from ZERO bike lanes to 64 miles of them. 5 years ago it was a massive effort of wading through red tape just to get some bike racks around town, but now they’re everywhere. The awareness of all these changes is still a battle to be fought, however, as detailed in this piece by our local major newspaper.
The learning curve has been incredibly steep, but serious efforts are being made to get over this hump. In the meantime, we’ve been fortunate to have avoided a number of collisions and/or fatalities that could be occurring. Right now, as evidenced in the comment section of the linked article, we are only dealing with annoyed drivers who think painted bike images on the road are just surprisingly artistic smears of road kill.
Personally, I’m curious what efforts have been made in your areas to overcome the problems associated with a sudden burst of road sharing. If you want to share these ideas with our local advocacy group, Indy Cog, feel free to send them a message at their website.