The City of Anderson opened its first bike lane along Columbus Avenue during a road diet and re-paving project in mid-October. The bicycle lanes, which extend from 32nd to 53rd Street, are the first step in a larger plan put together by the Madison County Council of Governments (MCCOG) to greatly expand the on- and off-road bicycle network in Anderson over the next ten years. The lanes span approximately 1.5 miles, connecting multiple neighborhoods on the east side of town, with the intention to continue into downtown Anderson at the beginning of next spring.
At the ribbon cutting, Mayor Kevin Smith and Ben Orcutt, owner of Buckskin Bikes and Chair of the White River Bicycle Coalition, talked about the role of bike lanes in improving safety, attracting young professionals, and providing equitable transportation options. Columbus Avenue is a link in the Lenape, a signed, on-road route established in 2005 and sees both recreational and utilitarian cyclists throughout the year. The bike lanes vary in width from 4 to 6 feet due to changing available road widths and the project is already receiving a lot of positive feedback from the cycling community.
–Ryan Phelps, project planner, Madison County Council of Governments