Column: Paths should be added to Carmel’s major thoroughfares

Andy Ray

Andy Ray

Andy Ray is a local businessman, who has lived in Carmel since 1970. He is also secretary of the Central Time Coalition, a grassroots effort to restore Central Time to all of Indiana. He is a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, and enjoys singing in the St. Luke's Chancel Choir. He is an occasional contributor to Current Publishing. You may contact him at andy46032@att.net.

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  • Cycle

    Cyclists on sidewalks and side paths are dangerous. I am a serious cyclist and when you are pedaling at 30mph and keeping up with traffic, you have no right (its illegal in fact) for a cyclist on a sidewalk. The amount of turn ins and out of neighborhoods and cross streets is actually where frequent accidents happen. Integrating with pedestrians at those speeds is potentially deadly as well. Look at the cyclists on the monon who buzz people and split two way traffic.

    Cyclists should not be banned from streets as that would be regressive instead of a progressive move for the city. Go to other cities with thriving and growing cycling populations, you will see how cars and bikes can co-exist. It requires a change in thinking that bikes are just for recreation. They are for commuting. They are for grocery runs. They are for trips with the family to dinner. Cyclists contribute to increase to sales in areas:
    http://momentummag.com/features/how-bicycles-bring-business-the-infographic/ – Monon is even referenced in this national infographic.

    http://momentummag.com/features/how-bicycles-bring-business/ – Article

    Cities are clamoring for bike share programs (indianapolis even has one), they are adding cycle tracks to roads. They are integrating bikes into daily life.

    If it goes that way, then take down the cycling friendly signs move the infrastructure to Indianapolis and crown Ballard as the proper king of cycling in central Indiana.

    “Eventually, a cycler is going to be hit by a vehicle, in what could only be described as a very preventable accident.”

    Yes, just like the bus turning in front of the cyclist on 71st street at ditch this past week. Exactly. If cars treated cyclists as users of the road instead of someone who causes 30 second delays in commutes, then we could all get along. Would you turn in front of a car? Would you plead “I didn’t see him”? Or would you stop for a second and pay attention to surroundings while piloting 2 ton missiles?

    Cyclists can no longer pass stopped traffic on the right to eliminate a 1 or 2 mile backup of traffic even if they wanted. There are only a few cities (Portland example) that allow this, but having a bike lane DOES allow for a cyclist to pass.

    I sound like a elitist cyclist. I love cars, I love motor racing. I cycle as much as I can. I commute, I run errands. I moved to Carmel because of the bike friendly atmosphere and bike lanes and accessibility. If I wanted to to be run off the road by trucks or screamed at people to get off the road, I would have moved to any surrounding community.

    I have only been seriously cycling for 12 years now (professional bike courier delivery as well), but in that time, I feel much safer when traveling with traffic in busy areas when i am really pressing speed and commuting. When I am leisurely cycling, i hop on the multi use path because my speed is slower. These are acceptable for slower cyclists, but as we get more and more commuters, safely integrating and changing people’s mentalities will go a much further in coexisting.

    Indianapolis and Indiana has traditionally been a car centric city. More land and roads allowing for sprawl rather than urban development. It also had been traditionally associated with close minded mentalities (cycling aside) that has caused our brain drain to occur. Brainard frequently cites the oceans, mountains, and nice weather that other cities offer. If you want to raise a family, Indiana and Carmel are great. If you are a young professional looking to have fun and enjoy life, Colorado, Oregon, California, East Coast all provide more exciting opportunities. Thank goodness for the Silicon Valley of Indiana on US31.

    Let’s accept changes and embrace transportation rather than stifling some things that have made our city great and forward thinking and consistently one of the best cities in the US to live in…

  • Wardak08

    I, too, am a cyclist. If the bike path is available on the main street, then use it. Perhaps issuing traffic tickets to violaters would motivate them to change.