After decades of little or no attention paid to cyclists, Indianapolis has made huge strides over the past three years to encourage two-wheeled transportation, with even brighter days seemingly on the horizon.
Crews are attempting to finish a number of bike lane projects that will bring the number of miles of bike lanes in the city to 64, about double the number earlier this year. Earlier this month, Mayor Greg Ballard announced that up to $20 million of RebuildIndy funds would be earmarked to build an additional 75 miles of trails and bike lanes throughout the city by 2015.
Connectivity is the key to the planned routes, said City Planner Jamison Hutchins. Two segments of the Fall Creek Trail on the east side finally will be connected, and the recently completed 71st Street Connector Trail will be extended in some form, eventually connecting with Lafayette Road bike lanes and the Monon Trail. South side residents also will see their first huge increase in trail mileage; Hutchins said the city's focus in the following years will be to bring the south side mileage up to par with the north.