Transportation secretary welcomes six new cities at Green Lane Project kickoff (photo from People for Bikes)
Bicycle Garage Indy Advocacy Director Connie Szabo Schmucker, BGI's COO Scott Helvie and President/Founder Randy Clark were on hand at the Opening Kickoff Reception on April 28, 2014. Key highlights were remarks from Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Transportation Secretary Foxx, People for Bikes Tim Blumenthal and Geen Lane Project Martha Roskowski. We look forward to Indy being a part of the Green Lane Project and what the next 2 years will bring for the future of bicycling in Indianapolis.
From People for Bikes:
Launched in 2012, the Green Lane Project works with U.S. cities interested in quickly installing protected bike lanes. The on-street lanes, separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts, help organize the street and aim to make riding a bike an appealing option for people of all ages and abilities. Selected cities receive financial, strategic and technical assistance from the Green Lane Project in building protected bike lanes, valued at more than $250,000 each.
The six cities chosen for Green Lane Project 2014-2015 are: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Indianapolis, IN; Pittsburgh, PA; and Seattle, WA.
"When you have a swelling population like the USA has and will have for the next 35 years, one of the most cost-effective ways to better fit that population is to better use the existing grid," Foxx said.
Foxx made his comments to a gathering in Indianapolis of urban transportation experts from around the country, welcoming six new cities into the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project, a two-year program kicking off Tuesday that will help the cities — Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Seattle — add modern protected bike lanes to their streets.
PeopleForBikes Vice President for Local Innovation Martha Roskowski singled out Indianapolis, the host city, as a particularly bright light in the constellation of towns using using curbs, planters, parked cars or posts to create low-stress streets by separating bike and auto traffic.
"This city is on fire," Roskowski said. "You look at the Cultural Trail, you look at the other projects in the works. … You don't really know that you're at a tipping point until later."
Roskowski praised Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, a Republican, for six years at the front of an Indianapolis transformation that has seen the city use better bike infrastructure "to be resilient, to be sustainable, to be competitive and to beautiful."
"Five years from now we're going to look back and say, we really changed how we thought about transportation in America," Roskowski said. "Yes, we're all going to drive cars still. But there are other elements to transportation."
Connie Szabo Schmucker, Advocacy Director
Bicycle Garage Indy
Indianapolis & Greenwood