Despite recent crashes, cyclists say Indy’s bikeways are improving

A bicyclist was hit by a car Wednesday morning in Indianapolis.

The crash was at Troy and Allen avenues on the city's south side, an area without bike lanes.
The accident was not serious, but it was one of at least three reported bike crashes in Indiana this month alone.

"I know lots of people that get hit, and they're like, 'Oh, I just fell down' and then don't report it," said Kevin Whited, executive director of cycling advocacy group INDYCOG.

Whited said there is a reason drivers and cyclists are crossing paths more often.

"I don't think that drivers are any less safe, and I don't think that cyclists are being any less safe. I just think there's a lot more of them."

Matty Bennett owns National Moto & Cycle Company in South Broad Ripple. He said customers are trading in racing and mountain bikes because cycling for leisure or transportation is becoming part of the city's DNA.

"Mostly, it's just getting around town, getting some groceries and just having a good time," Bennett said.

It's why the city's aggressive Greenways Master Plan is spinning in Indianapolis. More than 200 miles of Greenway have already been approved and could eventually run full circle by connecting Eagle Creek, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Southeastway and Southwestway Parks.

"People are really utilizing bikes, every day for commuting. And really, I think the trend is here to stay, if it is a trend," said Bennett.

It will be a few years before the "full circle" plan is built. The city said it will cost about $1 million per mile and they are working on federal grants and donations.