About the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Program & Indianapolis
The Green Lane Project is a PeopleForBikes program helping cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. This project focuses on protected bike lanes, which are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars, or posts (think Shelby Street bike lanes).
People for Bikes work closely with leading U.S. cities to speed the installation of these lanes around the country. In the first two years of the project (2012 and 2013), they worked with Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, Memphis, IL, Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC. In March of 2014, they selected six new cities: Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA. The Project kicked off the collaboration with these six new cities with a gathering and press conference in Indianapolis.
Protected bike lanes are part of a connected system for biking around town, which is an essential ingredient of a great place to live and work. They are a simple tool to transform city streets into places where more people feel comfortable riding a bike, making it easier to get around, save money, and live an active life.
While protected bike lanes have worked well in places like Denmark and the Netherlands for many decades, they have only recently arrived on U.S. shores. Between 1874 and 2011, only 78 of these facilities were built nationwide. This number nearly doubled to 138 protected bike lanes witin the first two years of the Green Lane Project. At the end of 2014, the count was up to 191, and the number is expected to continue to grow dramatically.
Protected bike lanes bring predictability and order to busy streets: drivers like knowing where to expect riders, and pedestrians report fewer bikes on the sidewalk. Protected lanes also add vitality and energy to the street, attracting new businesses and helping create a community people want to be in, not just move through. In New York City, local businesses saw a 49% increase in retail sales after the construction of protected bike lanes, compared to only a 3% increase city-wide.
The Green Lane Project hosts hands-on workshops and study tours for city leaders, provides technical and strategic assistance, and delivers targeted grants designed to get protected bike lanes on the ground.
Green Lane/Separated Bike Lanes Reference Material:
- The Complete Business Case for Converting Street Parking Into Bike Lanes
- Building Equity, Race, Ethnicity, Class and Protected Bike Lanes: An Idea Book for Fairer Cities
Indianapolis' Green Lane Projects coming in 2015:
- New York & Michigan Project (When we have more info. we will link these pages)
- North Pennsylvania Project (When we have more info. we will link these pages)