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Bikeways FAQs

How are BikeWays funded?

Bikeways are funded through a combination of public and private funding, including:

  • Transportation Enhancement Federal Funds
  • Private Funds
  • Inclusion in Resurfacing/Sewer Project Grants

How can I request a BikeWay in my neighborhood?

Bikeways can be requested by contacting the Office of Sustainability.  Please be sure to check the Plans & Maps section to determine if a bicycle trail is already planned in your area. Consideration for new bikeways not already in the Bikeways masterplan are made based upon likely population usage and available funding.

Office of Sustainability
200 East Washington Street
Suite 2460
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Where can I park my bicycle in Indianapolis?

Bicycle parking is available at multiple, convenient locations across downtown Indianapolis.

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What equipment do I need to get started cycling?

There are three key pieces of equipment every bicyclist should have to ensure a safe bicycling experience.

  1. Helmet:
    • Ensure a proper fit
    • Replace after any sort of a crash or impact
  2. Clothing that makes you visible:
    • Bright colors
    • Retro-reflectivity
  3. Lights:
    • A white light on the front of your bike
    • A red reflector or light in the back

What is the policy on snow plowing along the bike lanes?

Bike lanes will be plowed just as the roadways are plowed. The lanes next to parking may be more congested due to the snow piling up (it depends on the amount of snow).

What is "Dooring"?

Dooring refers to danger that bicyclists face when travelling alongside parked vehicles - the unexpected opening of a car door in their immediate path. Motorists must always look behind them before opening their car doors from an on-street parking position Bicyclists must be on the alert for drivers entering or exiting vehicles or sitting in vehicles

What are the "green" lanes in the streets?

A "green lane" identifies an area where bicycles and cars are likely to come into conflict. Motorists should cross bike lanes only where the pavement markings are dashed.  Bicyclists should use extra caution when travelling along  or across green lanes.

What does "Share the Road" mean?

As a motorist, you should…

  • Pass a bicyclist only when it is safe, giving ample room (3' minimum) and when there is no danger from oncoming traffic.
  • Look for bicyclists.  Develop your eye-scanning patterns to include them.
  • Check behind you for cyclists when opening your car door.
  • Do not drive or park in bike lanes; cross bike lanes only where the pavement markings are dashed.
  • Yield the right-of-way to bicyclists on a designated bicycle path or bicycle lane.

What are Sharrows?

Sharrows are intended to help bicyclists position themselves away from parked cars, to avoid being struck by suddenly opened car doors, and to alert other road users to expect bicyclists to occupy travel lanes. These markings will also be used in situations where it may not be obvious where bicyclists should be riding, such as at intersections with multiple turn lanes.

Are there other cities that have successful bicycle campaigns?

Louisville, KY

Columbus, OH

Twin Cities, MN

Madison, WI

Chicago, IL