Despite many new miles of bike lanes, Indianapolis has a way to go in becoming a top bicycle-commuting city, according to a new report by a national health organization.
Indianapolis ranked 34th in bicycle commuting and 35th in walking to work, according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking’s 2014 Benchmarking Report, which collected and analyzed data from all 50 states and the 52 most-populous cities. The report links the rise of biking and walking to a reduction in health problems like obesity and diabetes.
The report also found that 86 percent of Indianapolis bicycle commuters are men.
“Indianapolis may still be ranked in the lower half of cities when it comes to bicycle commuting, but we’re confident that will change over time as the city continues to improve its cycling infrastructure and more people—particularly women—realize the fun and health benefits that come with riding their bikes,” said Kevin Whited, executive director of the local advocacy group IndyCog.
Whited predicted that bicycle commuting will rise as a result of the Indiana Pacers’ BikeShare program on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
Under Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, the city has painted 64 miles of bike lanes, and in 2011, the mayor pledged $20 million to create 75 miles of trails and bike lanes by 2015.
Bike to Work Day is May 16.