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INDIANAPOLIS LEADS KICKOFF OF NATIONAL PROJECT FOR BETTER BIKE LANES

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Lauren Fallert
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Indianapolis, IN (April 29, 2014) – Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, along with top transportation officials from six cities, will headline the kickoff of a national project for better bike lanes today at the Indianapolis City Market. The program, the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project, will work with Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Seattle to help them build protected bike lanes to create low-stress streets and more vibrant communities. The six cities were chosen in March from more than 100 U.S. cities that submitted letters of interest for the program.

Launched in 2012, the Green Lane Project works with U.S. cities to speed the installation of protected bike lanes around the country. These on-street lanes are separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts to help organize the street and make riding a bike an appealing option for people of all ages and abilities.

Indianapolis will receive financial, strategic and technical assistance from the Green Lane Project in building protected bike lanes, valued at more than $250,000.

The success of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, which is a national model for public-private partnership to create a revitalizing landmark destination, has inspired an ambitious list of further projects. Mayor Ballard, who sees bike infrastructure investments as an economic growth strategy, is among the most bike friendly leaders in the country. His advocacy and the Cultural Trail's popularity have created broad community recognition of great bike infrastructure's benefits.

The Shelby Street Cycle Track opened in 2012 and boasts more than 1800 riders per week. The route connects the growing Fountain Square neighborhood and the Cultural Trail to the Pleasant Run Greenway and Garfield Park, one of the city’s most popular regional parks.

“In the past two years, the number of protected bike lanes on the ground across the country has nearly doubled,” said Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes Vice President of Local Innovation. “Leading U.S. cities like Indianapolis have realized that improving bicycling translates into improving their communities: making the roads safer for all users, attracting new businesses and top talent, and encouraging physical activity.”

“Improving bicycle and pedestrian safety is a top priority for the Department, especially as more and more Americans are choosing these options for getting to work, school and other places,” said Secretary Foxx. “The Obama Administration is committed to cost-effective projects like these that will mean improved transportation choices, increased safety and a better quality of life for people in these six cities.”

The Green Lane Project will provide updates on the progress in the six cities, best practices as they are developed and an inventory of protected bike lanes on the ground and planned in U.S. cities at greenlaneproject.org. Other interested cities are invited to use the website to share their plans and progress on building better bike lanes. To learn more, visit greenlaneproject.org or signup to receive the Green Lane Project weekly news.

For more information, reporters are encouraged to attend the press conference today, April 29, at Indianapolis City Market (222 E. Market St.) in “The Platform” room at 11:00 a.m.

View and download photos of and a video about protected bike lanes across the U.S

About the Green Lane Project
The Green Lane Project is a program of the nonprofit PeopleForBikes, a movement to unite millions of people to improve bicycling in America. The Project helps cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. It is focused on protected bike lanes, which are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts.