Latest Advocacy Updates and Action Items from Bicycle Garage Indy's Advocacy Director:
Learn & Earn at upcoming Bicycle Garage Indy clinics:
Fixing Flat Tires (June/July) – learn how to prevent and fix flat tires
Ready to Ride: Rider (June) – clothing, safety/knowledge, fitness and bike fit
Ready to Ride: Bike (July) – things to check before every ride, what to carry and how, when and why to shift your gears
Exploring by Bike (June) – Want to go on a long bike ride? This clinic will provide info and resources on where to ride, whether it's a day trip, weekend trip, week-long vacation by yourself with a group or on an organized tour.
Hot Weather Riding Tips (July) – just in time for the dog days of Summer! Riding in the middle of summer sometimes involves dealing with hot weather. Learn some tips and what clothing and accessories can help make ridings in hot weather more enjoyable.
Not only are Bicycle Garage Indy clinics offered at no charge, you get coupons and can earn a gift card in addition to expanding your bicycling knowledge!
Bicycle Garage Indy has three locations to offering clinics; Bicycle Garage Indy North (Indianapolis, Dean Road at 82nd St.), Bicycle Garage Indy Greenwood (just west of I-65 on County Line Rd), and Bicycle Garage Indy Downtown, in the Indy Bike Hub YMCA.
National Bike Challenge is going strong with nearly 40K riders and over 6 million miles nationally and over 750 riders and 125K miles locally in the M3 (Mayor's Million Mile) Challenge! Have you joined yet? If not, help grow the numbers by joining the challenge. If you have joined – help continue to grow the numbers by recruiting friends, family and co-workers to join!
Join or create a team, league, sign up your workplace and see how you rank nationally and locally! Join today at www.nationalbikechallenge.org! Note: if you join the national challenge you are automatically entered into the local challenge!
Bicycle Advocacy Action Items:
On the local level:
Note: Indy’s zoning code hasn't been updated in more than 40 years – this effort to focus on sustainability and livability through unifying and revising code in a comprehensive way will truly be transformative for our city! Here's a video link for more info
Help Break RebuildIndy 2 Logjam!
Want to see more bike lanes and greenways in Indianapolis? Urge your city-county council representative to vote for RebuildIndy 2. The vote for RebuildIndy 2 which will continue to fund infrastructure needs in Indianapolis is currently stalled in the Indianapolis City-County Council.
RebuildIndy is Mayor Ballard's initiative to restore deteriorating thoroughfares, residential streets, sidewalks and bridges, and other City assets. Under the leadership of Mayor Greg Ballard, Indianapolis has developed RebuildIndy 2 as a plan to address our City's sweeping infrastructure needs without raising taxes. RebuildIndy 2 will allow DPW to continue the successful RebuildIndy program with up to $350 million in projects over three years. (NOTE: This has recently been revised down to $300 million to help get the measure passed through the council).
Scope of RebuildIndy 2 Projects
The projects planned with RebuildIndy 2 will improve aging infrastructure throughout Indianapolis and increase pedestrian and motorist safety. If approved, RebuildIndy 2 would fund more than $50 million in sidewalks and more than $100 million in street repairs—including all of our highest priority street resurfacing needs in Marion County. Furthermore, the RebuildIndy 2 plan supports the recently adopted Complete Streets ordinance that requires DPW to achieve a better connected Indianapolis with sidewalks, trails and greenways.
When can work begin?
These needed projects will begin as soon as the RebuildIndy 2 plan gains approval by the City-County Council. Citizens are encouraged to contact their City-County Councillors and urge them to support this plan to invest in our neighborhoods.
On the national level:
League of American Bicyclist’s Every Bicyclist Counts report is out. It has generated many comments. League President Andy Clarke answers some of the important questions and more in an FAQ on our latest report on bicyclist fatalities and what we can learn from them.
A related Action Item is letting FHWA know that bicyclists’ safety counts. They've received 9700 comments so far. Comment period ends June 30, 2014. Haven't left a comment yet? Tell FHWA that bicyclist safety must be a priority – help us ensure that more than 10,000 comments are in favor of a national goal to reduce bike/ped fatalities!
Lastly, from Rails to Trails Conservancy: Action Alert re: TIGER Grant funding for future trails, greenways, bike lanes is in jeopardy: the US Congress is voting to strip eligibility for bike/ped projects to receive TIGER Grants. Local spin: the acclaimed Indianapolis Cultural Trail received $20M in TIGER Grants and has already generated $100M in economic development (pretty good return on investment). More Info & Take Action
Connie Szabo Schmucker
Bicycle Garage Indy / BGI Fitness
Indianapolis & Greenwood