Indianapolis is becoming a deadlier city for cyclists.
Driving the news: There were 4.5 fatal bicycle crashes on average for every million Indianapolis residents from 2017-2021, per data from the League of American Bicyclists via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — up 75% from 2012-2016 and far above the national average. A decade ago, cyclist fatalities were a once-or-twice-a-year occurrence, but there have been six during each of the past two years in Indianapolis.
Why it matters: Bicycle use exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many cities scrambling to install bike lanes and adopt other measures to keep riders safe and encourage cycling, Axios’ Alex Fitzpatrick writes .
Zoom in: Indianapolis in recent months has announced a flurry of projects to create safer trails and paths for cyclists, thanks to federal money and private donations. The Lilly Endowment awarded $25 million to improve walking and cycling infrastructure in underserved communities from Haughville to the far east side, as well as extensions to the Fall Creek Trail, Nickel Plate Trail and Eagle Creek Trail.
The city’s 2023 budget included $98 million for trails, greenways and bike paths, and work is underway to add bike lanes across the city, including on West Michigan Street.
Yes, but: Even with infrastructure improvements, cyclists are among the most exposed victims to an overall surge in pandemic-era bad behavior , a phenomenon detailed in The Atlantic. More homicides.
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