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March 29, 2016
           
by Oran Sands   |   0 COMMENTS

 

No matter how good a rider you are, accidents happen-and quickly. But with a little knowledge and a few precautions, you can keep a bad situation from getting worse, says Greg Martin, an engineer firefighter and advanced EMT who provides emergency medical assistance and performs backcountry rescues in Ketchum, Idaho.

"Cyclists get used to riding all day and things being fine," he says. "It's easy to forget sometimes that we're traveling pretty fast and pretty far and a little mishap can end up being a big problem. A little knowledge and precaution goes a long way in keeping you safe in the event of an accident."

 

Take Care of Your Head:

Take a Deep Breath:

Give Yourself a Gut Check:

Be Smart About Your Spine:

Make Your Personal Info Accessible:

Leave a Note, or a Text:

 

For a more in detail look at these go to Bicycling's website.

March 1, 2016
           
by Ed Fujawa   |   0 COMMENTS

Winter can be tough for cyclists. The constantly fluctuating weather (this past weekend is a good example), snow and salt covered roads, reduced hours of daylight….all combine to create a season which is not conducive to getting outside to ride for fun, let alone riding to work or the grocery store.

However, even during these dark days at the beginning of the year, IndyCog is busy planning out our programming for 2016 and beyond. We're already working on Bike To Work Day 2016, scheduling Bike With The Board Rides, and working on bicycling related workshops and other events. Additionally, IndyCog's staff and board of directors have just finalized a series of strategic goals with an eye towards helping Indianapolis advance from a Bronze Bicycle Friendly City Rating to a Silver Level by 2019.

And we need your help to accomplish that Silver Level. A membership based organization such as IndyCog finds its strength from its members. Not only do members help IndyCog financially, but our membership is the best source of volunteers for various events throughout the year, and provide the basis for influence that IndyCog has in the community and when working with local government and potential commercial sponsors. Simply put, the more members we have, the more we can get done in our city. To help us towards on this front, IndyCog is launching its Winter Membership Drive from today to March 9, 2016.

For the past 5 years IndyCog has enjoyed a solid base of members, but the truth is, that number has remained flat. If IndyCog is to continue its advocacy efforts, and expand its programming, our membership needs a boost. For this drive, our goal is to get 40 new or renewing lapsed memberships by the end of the drive on March 9. And this is where you can help. If you are already a member, great, and thank you. If your membership has lapsed, now is a great time to join us on our mission. If you think you know someone who should be a member, forward them a link to this post and encourage them to join. IndyCog has several types of memberships available, and new this year, we are happy to provide an auto renewal membership option. Please take a look at https://indycog.org/membership for full details on our membership options.

As a bonus, any new or renewing lapsed members will have their name put into a drawing to win one of five $20 gift certificates to Bicycle Garage Indianapolis. Also,on March 8, 2016, IndyCog will be hosting one of its recurring Bike with the Board rides around downtown Indianapolis. These rides are a great chance to meet and chat with members of IndyCog's board of directors and staff members about cycling in Indianapolis while enjoying a group bike ride (fingers crossed the weather is good!). Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more details in the next few days.

We hope that you will join us in making Indianapolis a more cycling friendly city where cycling is a viable and accepted means of recreation and everyday transportation. With your support, IndyCog will continue to advocate for cyclists in Indianapolis, monitor the city's progress on cycling initiatives, and work with our community partners for the benefit of all cyclists.

Thank you,

Ed Fujawa

February 17, 2016
           
by Oran Sands   |   0 COMMENTS

 5 WAYS TO BE A MORE BIKE FRIENDLY BUSINESS

The League of American Bicyclists offers certification for businesses through the Bicycle Friendly Business program, which provides many benefits to companies that commit to being bike friendly-including national recognition and exposure.

To see where you stand, you can take the free assessment today. But if you need a few pointers on where to get started, check out our list of 5 Easy Steps to Be More Bicycle Friendly below. From our experience in moving from Silver to Gold BFB status, these low- to no-cost steps make an impact on a company's road to becoming more bike-friendly, and are super easy to implement at any level of your organization. 

 

Read about the 5 ways you can get your workplace qualified!

February 9, 2016
           
by Oran Sands   |   0 COMMENTS

 An unfortunate feature of adult life is that it requires most of us to spend 8+ hours a day at work. While it might be necessary for paying the bills and providing for our families (and maybe buying some new bike gear here and there), it leaves a lot of folks-even us-feeling like there's too little time in life for riding.

 

Read about the 5 ways you can get  more cycling in your day. http://blog.performancebike.com/2014/09/11/real-advice-5-tips-for-the-workday-cyclist/

February 1, 2016
           
by Oran Sands   |   0 COMMENTS

Pedaling Forward Into 2016

Looking to engage his community while feeding a personal passion, Bruce Kimball founded the bicycling group Carmel Pedals a few years ago. His idea was to engage novice and seasoned cyclists and enjoy some of the 176 miles of paths and trails established throughout Carmel.

"I'd like for Carmel to follow in the footsteps of places like Boulder, Austin and Portland with regards to their pro-bicycling philosophies. With the completion of U.S. 31, people will be able to bike to work with more ease and safety. I will work with my fellow city councilors to encourage local business to provide bicycle infrastructure such as parking and showering facilities for their employees."

 

Read more about Carmel's new city councilman Bruce Kimball and cycling's future in Carmel.

 

 

January 28, 2016
           
by Oran Sands   |   0 COMMENTS

 Most Mayors Agree-Add More Bike Lanes Instead of Parking

We tend to think of "sharing the road" as a transaction that takes place on the individual level between bicycles and cars, but what about on the infrastructure level? Sure, building bike lanes might take physical space and funds from driving lanes, but continuing to widen and maintain roads to serve only motorists is neither practical nor economical.

 

Read More on Bicycling.com

December 23, 2015
           
by Oran Sands   |   0 COMMENTS

 

December 3, 2015
           
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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Kevin Whited,
Executive Director, IndyCog
317-663-3423

Local Cycling Advocates Plan Ride to Show Bicyclists How to Navigate New Bike Lanes

Local bicycle advocacy group IndyCog will host a ride Friday, Dec. 4, to help local riders understand and navigate the new protected bike lanes on Pennsylvania Street.

The lane, which runs from Saint Clair to Washington Street, caused slight confusion while under construction because the signage and protective posts had yet to be installed. But that was rectified recently, when the final pieces are put in place. IndyCog Executive Director Kevin Whited said he expects there to be a very short learning curve with the new protected lane.

"Many people on bicycles feel uncomfortable riding in traffic, so the new protected lane is a great way for them to feel safer," Whited said. "Whenever the city adds a new piece of cycling infrastructure, it takes many drivers a bit of time to adjust. The best advice is to slow down, stay alert, and drive with caution - three things drivers should already be doing."

To speed along the learning process, IndyCog will hold a short, pre-work ride on Friday. Riders will meet at the central Indianapolis Public Library, 40 E. St. Clair St., at 8 a.m., and then ride the 1 mile to Washington Street.

The protected bike lane is among the first in the city, but won't be the last. Indianapolis is in the process of adding additional protected bike lanes on New York and Michigan Streets.



About IndyCog

IndyCog is a bicycle advocacy non-profit organization working to increase the number of people riding bicycles, improve traffic safety, develop bicycle favorable public policy and advocate for world class bicycle facilities in Indianapolis. IndyCog's mission is to promote bicycling as a safe and viable means of transportation and recreation in Indianapolis.

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November 30, 2015
           
by Oran Sands   |   0 COMMENTS

 IndyCog recognized several individuals for their contributions to Indianapolis' cycling community at the

bicycle-advocacy group's five-year anniversary party at Broad Ripple's SpeakEasy.

Meredith Jones, Indianapolis, was recognized as IndyCog's Volunteer of the Year for her many hours spent volunteering at safety events and for distributing more than 100 bike lights to cyclists along the Monon and other trails after the recent expansion of Indianapolis greenway hours to 24 hours a day.

Sun King Brewing Company received IndyCog's Business Supporter of the Year award. Sun King has been a long time supporter of IndyCog and has partnered on many events, including the Bike To The Ballpark ride  held every April and Bike Month festivities throughout May.

IndyCog also recognized two of their own for their service to the organization. Former IndyCog board member Molly Trueblood was recognized as the longest-serving IndyCog board member and for her continuing dedication to both IndyCog events and to cycling in Indianapolis. Current board member Oran Sands was also awarded for his service to IndyCog and his 25+ history of working on bicycle advocacy causes in Indianapolis, dating back to Mayor Hudnut's administration.

Lastly, Mayor Greg Ballard received IndyCog's Elected Official of the Year award, and was also generally recognized for his pivotal role in making Indianapolis a bicycle-friendly city over the course of his eight years in office. During that time the city has been named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly City and installed more than 200 miles of new bike lanes and greenways.

IndyCog thanks all of this year's recipients for their dedication to cycling and their support of IndyCog over the past five years.

November 18, 2015
           
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IndyCog would like to congratulate the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and Pacers Bikeshare on this milestone!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2015

CONTACT:
Kären Haley
Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.
317-721-8010 (cell)
khaley@indyculturaltrail.org

Indiana Pacers Bikeshare Celebrates 200,000th Trip
Over 100,000 bike share trips taken so far in 2015

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. today announced another milestone for the Pacers Bikeshare program; 200,000 bike share trips have been taken since the program launched on April 22, 2014. Over 100,000 bike share trips occurred in the past seven months, greatly surpassing the time it took to reach the first 100,000 trips earlier this year.

"We reached our first 100,000 trips in about eleven months. Reaching that same milestone at a faster pace exhibits that Pacers Bikeshare is a viable, and popular, transportation option in our downtown," said Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. Executive Director, Kären Haley. "Both residents and visitors are using Pacers Bikeshare. Our data shows that most people are riding bikeshare on the Cultural Trail, demonstrating the important link between connected and safe bicycle infrastructure and frequent bike share use."

Pacers Bikeshare is accessible year round. The Cultural Trail is cleared of snow and ice making it easy and convenient to use bike share during the winter.


Pacers Bikeshare By the Numbers (data from 4/22/15 - 11/15/15)
Bikeshare Stations: 26
Bicycles: 251
Bike Share Trips - 201,069
Calories Burned - 17,202,209 (equivalent to 88,216 donuts)
Distance Travelled - 433,340 miles (equivalent to 17.4 times around Earth)
Carbon Offset - 410,317 lbs. (equivalent to 50 cars off the road)
Day Passes - 52,535
Annual Memberships - 2,608

November 3, 2015
           
by Oran Sands   |   0 COMMENTS

Pennsylvania Avenue Gets Protected Bike Lanes

The current trend for bicycle infrastructure in many cities is the installation of protected bike lanes in place of the more traditional simple painted lane. Essentially, a protected bike lane is still a bike lane, but there is some form of physical barrier or a set off space between the vehicular traffic and the cyclists using the lane. Sometimes this can be as little as bollards set in a buffer space between the lanes, to a concrete curb or barrier, or even landscaped beds between traffic and the cyclists using the lanes. 

In Indianapolis, the section of bike lane on Shelby Street just south of Fountain Square is an example of such a lane, where a pair of bi-directional lanes are protected and separated from traffic by a concrete curb, with bollards at regular intervals. Conflict zones, such as driveway cuts are painted green to place cyclists and drivers on notice of potential encounters between the user groups. Also, the Cultural Trail has at times been described as a type of protected bike lane.

Protected lanes are gaining traction in many areas, and are also subject to a major program from People for Bike called the Green Lane Project, which provides support and guidance to a few selected cities in establishing their own protected bike lanes. Indianapolis was chosen as a one of these Green Lane cities in 2014 and the city plans to install protected lanes along Michigan and New York Streets on the east side.

These protected lanes along east Michigan and New York Streets are slated for construction early next year, with a tentative completion date sometime in the spring. However, in the more immediate future, Pennsylvania street downtown from the Central Library southward will have a protected bike lane installed as part of the current repaving project being done on that stretch of road.

Unlike the Shelby Street lanes, or the eventual east side lanes, the Penn Lanes will have no concrete barrier or landscaping separating them from traffic. Instead, parking places typically set to the far inside lane along the curb will be moved out, and the lanes situated in between the parked vehicles and the curb. This arrangement provides a buffer of not only space, but also a physical barrier of parked vehicles between cyclists and traffic driving south on Pennsylvania.

Like most new cycling infrastructure, these lanes will require close attention from cyclists and drivers to ensure the safety of both groups. Cyclists should be aware of the occupants of cars stepping across the bike lane to access the side walk and parking meters situated along the side of the street. Cyclists should also be cautious of traffic when entering mixed zones, such as turn lanes. Drivers should be mindful to not encroach upon the bike lanes when parking, and the occupants of a vehicle should watch for oncoming cyclist traffic when crossing the lanes to the sidewalks.

IndyCog supports of the addition of new bike routes in Indianapolis and is particularly excited about the prospect of additional protected bike lanes being installed throughout the city.

For more information, and to see renderings of how the Penn St. lanes will be laid out, check out the these information sheets from the city. 

News Stories (Feel free to share, video sometimes tells a better story):

Updates from the Office of Sustainability as of November 9, 2015..

  1. More bollards were ordered and should be here on Friday, November 13th. 
  2. New bollards and signage should be installed south of Michigan on Friday.
  3. Portions of new bike lane that is lacking signage will not be open to cyclists until the bollards and signage is installed.
  4. Parking configurations and install signage and posts Thursday (11/5) - Monday (11/13)
  5. Striping is complete from E. Saint Clair St to Washington Street.
  6. Currently the bike lane is open from Saint Clair to Michigan. South of Michigan the bollards/signs have not been installed, cars should continue to park curbside until further notice or installation of signage.

 

November 1, 2015
           
by Oran Sands   |   0 COMMENTS

 

The trail, an extension of the Pennsy Trail, was built in sections and the first part opened in 2009. The path for walkers, joggers and bicyclers now extends from Bonna Avenue to the Pleasant Run Trail at Ellenberger Park, the Pennsy Trail at Arlington Avenue and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. It's a path that connects people in Irvington to Downtown Indianapolis, and vice versa, without the use of a motor vehicle.

Saturday morning, before the neighborhood's annual Halloween festival, Mayor Greg Ballard and Irvington residents celebrated the opening of the 1.3-mile extended pathway at the corner of South Audobon Road and Bonna Avenue. With $1.13 million in funding from Ballard's RebuildIndy initiative, the path was officially paved and opened to the public on Saturday.

More at IndyStar.com!

(Photo: Olivia Lewis / The Star)

October 19, 2015
           
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As a professional advocate working to ensure we have places to ride today and tomorrow I know firsthand how important being a member is and what goes on behind the scenes that most never see. Whether working at the local, state, or federal level I get asked regularly by decision makers, "how many members does your organization have?" Not everyone can dedicate time but everyone who rides can certainly join. The cost is a mere bar tab of one night out but the impact is huge. Most of all, I'm a member of IndyCog because I want to help ensure there is a place to ride for my children in the community when they have children of their own.

 

-Andy Williamson (Indianapolis, IMBA Great Lakes Region Director)

October 16, 2015
           
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I am a member of Indy Cog. I support Indy Cog because they support the things that make biking safer in Indianapolis. The cool thing is that making biking safer has benefits far beyond biking. With more biking, the cityis more attractive to the much needed creative class. With more biking, there is less car driving and the air is improved. With more biking, there is less congestion, making the city safer for pedestrians and bus users. Indy Cog is just one piece of making Indianapolis a better place. A very important piece!

-Jenny Skehan, Indianapolis (5 year member)

 

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