Bike advocates choose Indy for protected lanes

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As one of six cities chosen for special assistance from biking advocacy group People for Bikes, Indianapolis plans to build more bike lanes that give riders physical protection from traffic.

Mayor Greg Ballard is scheduled to join U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Tuesday for a press conference on the Green Lane Project. The two-year program provides financial, technical and strategic support, according to People for Bikes, which lobbies for federal funds and conducts other bicycling promotional projects.

Indianapolis was one of six cities chosen from a pool of 100 applicants for the two-year project, which People for Bikes launched in 2012. Other chosen cities are Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Pittsburgh and Seattle.

Protected bike lanes use posts, curbs, planters or parked cars to separate riders from traffic and reduce injuries to riders and pedestrians, according to People for Bikes. The organization says the number of protected lanes nationwide rose from 80 to 142 since 2012 with more than half the growth occurring in the first six cities where it launched the Green Lane Project. (Austin, Texas, Chicago, Memphis, Tenn., Portland, Ore., San Francisco and Washington, D.C.)

Ballard's press conference comes the week after a cyclist was killed in a collision with a school bus at Westlane and Ditch roads.

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