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City leaders, Indy cyclists pushing for safety improvements on the roads

City leaders, Indy cyclists pushing for safety improvements on the roads

The City-County Council is expected to vote Monday on whether to update the Complete Streets program. INDIANAPOLIS — As more cyclists hit the roads in…

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The City-County Council is expected to vote Monday on whether to update the Complete Streets program. INDIANAPOLIS — As more cyclists hit the roads in the summer months, there’s a large concern from bikers on the roads about their safety .

With some trail crossings around Indianapolis leading to frequent near-misses for pedestrians and cyclists – and one fatality last fall – many bicycling advocates are pushing for change and working with city leaders to ensure it happens.

"It’s not a comfortable intersection. You know, you have to ask yourself, would you let a 7-year-old cross this on their own? And if not, it’s not safe," said Connie Szabo Schmucker, advocacy director at Bicycle Garage Indy.

Szabo Schmucker loves cycling. She logs 4,000-5,000 miles in the saddle every year. But traveling on the Monon Trail at the 86th Street crossing, she said, is one of the riskiest places to cycle around the city.

The push for heightened safety there and at other trail crossings is personal for Szabo Schmucker and many cyclists. The busy intersection is where her friend, colleague and avid cyclist Frank Radaker was hit and killed last October while biking to work.

“You know, Frank was one of our beloved employees. He was riding his bike to work like he did every day for 25 years. And he was crossing the Monon and he got hit by a driver and was killed last October,” Szabo Schmucker said. “So to have him die in that manner just really struck people, because all […]

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