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Indy cyclists want bridge built over dangerous intersection



Indianapolis, Indiana — In order to encourage the city to build a pedestrian bridge over East 86th Street and the Monon trail, Bicycle Garage Indy is launching a citizens’ study. Those who participate are asked to record videos of any negative experiences at the intersection.

“I was there on Wednesday night, several of the volunteers were out and I crossed it and it’s one of those where you have to be on high alert,” said Connie Szabo Schmucker, director of advocacy for Bicycle Garage Indy.

In Chicago, a similar survey was done by advocates. “They did a traffic study for a day that documented what went on at that intersection, Lakeshore Drive and Grant Park and the lake,” Schmucker said.

Frank Radaker, a former Bicycle Garage Indy employee was struck and killed by a vehicle at this intersection last fall.

The trail dead ends at 86th Street where cyclists have to peddle to a nearby parking lot to get back on the trail on the other side of the divided highway.

The Indianapolis Department of Public Works estimates the bridge would cost $10 million to $12 million. “If you get a federal grant, the grant would pay for 80% of it,” Schmucker said.

The survey runs until July 19.