Biking In Indianapolis Like 'Russian Roulette'

<p>High rates of accidents and few bike lanes make Indianapolis a dangerous place to ride a bike, according to this article.</p>
March 21, 2008, 6am PDT | Nate Berg
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"After more than two hundred accidents and four deaths involving cyclists and motorists in the metro Indianapolis area last year, local cycling advocates are hoping education and respect will go a long way to a safer 2008."

"Central Indiana Bicycle Association President Nancy Tibbett said Indiana has a long way to go before being thought of as a bicycle-friendly place, but recent events, such as the announced addition of bike lanes on parts of New York and Michigan streets in Downtown Indianapolis, are encouraging."

"Jonathan Juillerat, general manager of Nebo Ridge Bicycles in Carmel, argues Indianapolis should add more designated lanes for bicycles and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles should do a better job of educating motorists."

"'It's intimidating as a cyclist,' he said. 'Riding city streets sometimes feels like Russian roulette, so I made a conscious decision not to ride as much because of that. Eventually, I feel like my number will be up because motorists aren't paying attention.'"

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Published on Thursday, March 20, 2008 in The Indianapolis Star
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