Letter: Need greater focus on cyclist safety

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Editor,

I was saddened to read the news Aug. 31 of the death of a cyclist as he tried to cross Ind. 37 at 126th Street. I have commuted by bicycle for years and crossed this intersection many times. It is arguably the most dangerous place to cycle in Fishers. Yet for anyone who lives on the east side of Ind. 37, it is necessary to navigate it to get anywhere else in Fishers, Carmel or Indianapolis. There are no crosswalk signals or bike lanes. The light changes so quickly that as a cyclist you can start into the intersection on green and face a red light before reaching the other side.

With the expansion of biking lanes for recreational cyclists in the Nickel Plate area, it seems that the safety of commuters has been forgotten. If there is a lesson to be learned from this tragic death, may it be that a greater focus must be made without delay on the needs of cyclists and pedestrians to traverse safely across the key intersections of our city.

John S. Johnson Ph.D., Fishers


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