Hundreds plan to bike to Indy 500 to avoid traffic and parking problems

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. – In just hours, Speedway will be overloaded with race fans searching for a parking spot.

“Everybody knows how frustrating it is being stuck in traffic and anybody that has been to the Indy 500 knows it is grid locked for hours after the race,” said Kevin Whited of INDYCOG an Indianapolis Bicycle Advocacy Group.

Whithed, along with around 300 other bikers, will be pedaling to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday for the 100th running of the Indy 500. The long bike chain will pedal from the City Market to Speedway on a six-mile path, passing by the hundreds of cars and frustrated drivers waiting to get inside of IMS.

“Everybody is going to be stuck in traffic as we drive right by them on our bikes,” said Whitehed.

INDYCOG is charging bikers $10 to come along on the ride. The group will have a police escort for the duration of their bike trip, then they will stop at the Pedal and Park bike valet center at Daredevil Brewery, where there is a free bike rack for riders. The bike trip saves time and money that others are spending on the extremely limited parking.

“They do not have enough room for everyone’s cars and it a lot more fun,” said Whithed.

Biking to the track is not a new concept, but it is becoming more popular this year. The group teamed up IMS to find an alternate route for race fans. For those that do not want to bike to the track, the Indianapolis Airport is also offering a $29 shuttle to the track, starting at 6 a.m. Sunday. Shuttle space is filling up fast.