Broad Ripple Avenue is a major hub of pedestrian and cyclist activity. It is the main drag of local shops, bars, restaurants, and grocery stores. The character of existing buildings facilitates a pedestrian experience. It is also connected to the Monon Trail which runs north and south of the village, and 62nd Street, which has existing bike lanes that end just short of Broad Ripple and connect the area to Keystone Avenue and further east. The main issue on Broad Ripple Avenue is street parking, which runs the entire length of Broad Ripple Avenue from College Ave to Winthrop Ave. There are roughly 70 on street parking spots that create very narrow sidewalks in the neighborhood that are then cluttered with scooters, power poles, fire hydrants, and street signs. They are also the reason the bike lanes end when coming into the village. I believe that creating a model where these parking spots can be shared to other large parking facilities that are not in use during peak hours, such as churches, grocery stores, and a shuttered high school, would allow the expansion of sidewalks to accommodate the high rates of pedestrian activity and extend bike lanes down to College Avenue. It also makes it easier for cyclists and pedestrians to reach the future Red Line station that will be going in at College and Broad Ripple.
Broad Ripple's On-Street Parking is Killing Bike and Pedestrian Activity in a Growing Cultural District
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