Indianapolis opens Indy Bike Hub for people cycling to work
Indy plans to open 200 bicycle lanes — making it easier to pedal to work.
Friday, September 16, 2011 - 09:43
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Indianapolis just got a little greener. There's a new hub in town, and it's got bicyclists changing the way people roll downtown.
The Indy Bike Hub is now open and is located inside the east wing of City Market YMCA. Currently there are 148 bike racks, 10 shower stalls and vented lockers. Cyclists can pedal into town, work out at the YMCA, shower and store their bike clothes and then head to work.
President Eric Ellsworth, president of YMCA of greater Indianapolis, says the Y hopes to have 2,000 bike hub regulars and 180,000 visitors a year.
"The goal is to make Indianapolis the healthiest city in America," he said. "This is one small cog in the wheel."
YMCA Executive Director, Karin Ogden, thinks it will change the way people use bikes downtown.
According to the Indy Hub website, bicycle commuting helps workers:
Save time. Time after time, in city after city, commuting by bike has proven faster for many urban trips.
Save money. Commuting by bike has a low cost per mile and saves wear and tear on your automobile.
Stay healthy. Feeling time crunched? A bike to work turns your drive-time to work-out time. Already working out? Bike commuting frees up more time in a busy life.
Be green. You avoid idling in traffic, help reduce congestion and pollution.
Have fun. Arrive at work refreshed and invigorated, rather than stressed and frustrated.
Mayor Greg Ballard, a cyclist himself says, "This will change the culture of the city of Indianapolis ... there is nothing like it in the country. It makes a difference when you can ride bikes to get to places and not just as a form of exercise."
Indianapolis currently has 32 miles of dedicated bike lanes on city streets and plans to have 63 miles finished by the end of the year. In 12 years it plans to have 200 total miles of dedicated bike lanes.
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