Ogden Knows Best: Bike Lanes
April 19, 2011 9 Comments
If you are a cyclist or you keep up with the news, you may have heard that Mayor Ballard announced the City plans to double the number of bike lanes by the end of the year. Indianapolis has already added 30 miles of bike lanes since 2008 and the long-term plan calls for a total of 200 miles within the next 15 years.
As usual, Paul Ogden found a reason to complain.
First, Ogden says that the $10 million being used on bike lanes could have been used for other things and the City has misplaced priorities. Apparently, Paul was too busy looking for something to criticize to READ the article. The bike lanes are funded by a grant from the Department of Energy. It is a part of the SustainIndy program and that is why the City received the funding. The money could not have been spent on the library or the parking meters that Ogden mentions.
Second, Paul complains about the bike lane safety and wrote in his comment section on what an avid cyclist he is compared to the Mayor and “many of the people who go ga-ga over the bike lanes.” We especially enjoyed the part of the rant where Paul talked about how fast he can ride his bike. Apparently, Ogden would throw INDYCOG in the group of folks who don’t know what they are talking about as well.
According to the IndyStar,
Cyclist Kevin Whited attended the announcement to show his support as a member of the non-profit group Indy Cog, which promotes cycling and bike safety.
He said Indianapolis can look to other cities like Minneapolis and Portland, where when bike lanes were added, bike ridership picked up.
“To me it’s very exciting as a bicyclist. Having infrastructure, having bike lanes just makes it easier to get around the city. I mean it’s a really exciting thing and it’s very cost effective,” said Whited, who bikes to work every day.
Note that Whited bikes to work every day. But hey, we’re sure Ogden knows best.