Indianapolis Looking To Improve Cyclist/Motorist Relations

Public meetings are part of the city‘s push to transform much of Central Indiana into a bicycling haven.

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A cyclist biking along the canal in downtown Indianapolis.

The city of Indianapolis is kicking off an eight-week series of public meetings about rules of the road for drivers and bicyclists as a part of the city‘s push to transform much of Central Indiana into a bicycling haven.

The Central Indiana Regional Bikeways Plan is a $210 million project that is creating an interlocking system of bike pathways throughout Central Indiana. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization says the plan includes more bike lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian bridges, among other things.

Avid bicyclist Martin Horne says cars and bikes need to learn to share the road.

“I think motorists are still getting used to seeing bikes on the road and so I think both parties have a responsibility to be courteous and aware of each other,” he says.

The entire project encompasses 704 miles throughout Marion, Hamilton, Hendricks, Boone, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby and Hancock counties.

The MPO says upwards of 70 percent of the $210 million is coming from local taxes and the remainder from federal backing. Officials say the plan is part of the MPO‘s long range transportation plan through 2035.

The plan has three phases. MPO is now in phase one which runs through 2015.

The first meetings are taking place Wednesday at the Haughville Branch Library and Monday, June 4 at the Southport Branch Library.

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