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    10 Best New Complete Streets Policies in the US

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    My city won! Hopefully the buildout of bike lanes and connections between off-street paths continues to and beyond the goals of the current plan, and that the paths become recognized as the transportation resources they are, rather than "parks" with closed hours. Just recently, the city announced that they're extending hours on the greenway trails to 2am on the first Friday of every month. I hope this is just a trial that they plan to build upon this year.

    On my 44mi RT commute to work, I make use of one of these greenway trails for over 1/3 of the total distance. A couple days a week, I may not get out until 8:30 or so, so with a regular 9pm closing time, I either have to find an alternate on-street route (which currently is a less safe option because the bike lane buildout isn't complete yet) or I have to ride the path illegally, risking a ticket.

    These paths should be considered as a full-time component of the transportation network, with no "closed" hours.

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    Crossed the Monon following a Police escort to the end of the Cover Indiana Ride, this morning. Looked nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Crossed the Monon following a Police escort to the end of the Cover Indiana Ride, this morning. Looked nice.

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    Where along the Monon? I was downtown today for the 2 Wheels 1 City event and grand opening of the Cultural Trail. I bailed on riding there due to rain chances and the fact that it was a little cooler than I'd like for a recreational ride with rain.

    Picked up a pair of the Indycog kitty litter bin panniers and spent part of the evening covering them as much as I could with bike stickers and reflective tape. Just for giggles, I spelled out "Bike" on the back of each one in reflective stickers. I also stuck several GoPro stickers on there and a "If you can read this you have already been photographed" sticker from a Cuddeback motion-sensing trail camera. A little tongue-in-cheek jab at drivers if you will.

    Mayor Ballard showed up and talked about the city's progress and its reasons for the push for bike lanes and whatnot. No specific mentions of the Complete Streets ordinance or the ranking or anything, though.

    There was plenty of local beer. Sun King was on hand pouring pints. I got a barrel aged cider from New Day Meadery in Fountain Square in the City Market. Mmmmmm. Lots of food trucks. The coffee one was awesome. Had a coffee from a Chemex filter for the first time. Crap, that was delicious. I need one. Even though I already have three different ways to make coffee already.

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    here are the kitty litter bucket panniers. They are a good surface for reflective stickers. I will add more, but this is what I could get today at Lowes.

    Rear view, in case dumb drivers can't figure out what I am.

    Indycog kitty litter bucket panniers

    The hardware. They are dead simple to make.

    Indycog kitty litter bucket panniers

    The fronts. I am watching (well, maybe...maybe not).

    Indycog kitty litter bucket panniers

    The outsides. I thought the yellow striped reflective tape was a nice touch. I think vertical reflective tape at the corners of the boxes would be a good spot.

    Indycog kitty litter bucket panniers

    They fit pretty well without heel strike issues if I slide them all the way to the back of my rack. Apparently, one of the guys with Indycog regularly puts 1 growler and 1 half growler from Sun King in each of his on a regular basis. I think the same guy put a 12 pack of soda in each riding to the event today. These are 27lb kitty litter buckets. They had bigger ones, but I didn't want any that were taller than this. My rack is aluminum with a 35lb capacity so it would enable overloading by far too much. These will probably be a little easy to overload anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    Where along the Monon?
    Can't say. I was busy dodging potholes and not running into the rear wheel of the rider ahead so did not read the street name. My route map is AWOL. It was a fellow rider that pointed it out. We came in North of the Airport and ended a Douglas Park, if that helps. I have little knowledge of Indy. Police clear the way, I follow.

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    A fail in a Complete Streets program:

    Legal Parking Spaces Turn Illegal With Sign Change

    That will build rapport!

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