Much has been made in the media recently about the new configuration of Pennsylvania Street between St. Clair and Washington. Some of it has been informative, and some hasn’t. Â It’s a good idea at this time to take a step back and reflect on the main goal of the initiative: To increase safety for bicyclists.
Partially because of the backlash, I decided to wait until they were closer to being finished to write a post on these lanes. There still may be a little bit of work left to do, but they are close enough now that the improvement is getting more obvious:
In addition, IndyCog is hosting an awareness ride on Friday, December 4th at 8 am. The ride starts at the Indianapolis Public Library and continues down Penn towards Washington Street.
About the only downside for this new bike lane is that it will make most of the other ones in the city look inferior. Also, the lanes start at St. Clair Street, which does not have a connecting cycle path. These are good problems to have.
This helping to lead the path forward for cycling in Indianapolis. I can’t wait to see the next initiative on the near east side.