Pathways on Bridges
Separated, Protected Multi-Use Pathways on Major Indiana Bridges
Crossing safely over major bodies of water such as the Ohio River, the Wabash River and others in Indiana can be quite challenging for bicyclists and pedestrians, and at times, dangerous. Pathway users must feel comfortable and safe in order to gain full, equitable use of or alternatives to long, heavily-trafficked, high-speed bridges that span these large rivers, and in some cases, lakes.
Currently, traversing the Ohio River west of Jeffersonville / Louisville is especially difficult given the age, design and width of bridges between there and the Illinois state line. None of those structures were built with cyclists or pedestrians in mind. The fact that no separate/protected bicycle-pedestrian accommodations are currently planned for the proposed Interstate-69 bridge between Evansville IN and Henderson KY (as opposed to other interstate bridges around North America) is a huge red flag for Indiana bicycle-pedestrian advocates and national organizations.
Sagamore Parkway Bridge in Lafayette
Photo Courtesy Gary Davis
There are positive signs of hope for bicyclists and pedestrians with the creation of protected multi-use pathways on bridges at Madison and Jeffersonville, and we applaud Indiana and Kentucky for those successes. Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Indianapolis and Terre Haute have shown significant progress in making large bridges safer for those on foot, bicycles or wheelchairs--but challenges persist around the state.
Indiana Trails highlights some of our safest major bridges...and will continue to monitor and report on new bridge developments here and around the U.S. that bring higher and optimal levels of safety for people practicing active transportation and non-motorized mobility.
Your Indiana Trails Team.