New Broad Ripple closures cause problems for ride shares

(WISH Photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — This weekend, police started blocking off Broad Ripple Avenue to civilian traffic in an effort to curb crime.

The section that is closed off stretches from College Avenue to Guilford Avenue. Only police vehicles and taxis are allowed on the road from midnight to 4 a.m.,  but 24-Hour News 8 heard about an issue from a local Lyft driver.

Lyft is a ride share service that allows people to request a car on their smartphone. A driver then comes to the customer and picks them up directly where they are. While it sounds like a taxi, it’s not, because the car is the driver’s personal car.

The Lyft driver couldn’t get through the barricades, because he was not an official taxi driver.

24-Hour News 8 asked IMPD about the closures and if there are any plans to allow Uber and Lyft cars on the street.

“We will do our best to accommodate cabs and other vehicles that are trying to pick pedestrians up. However, College remains open for cabs to pick people up,” said Sgt. Kendale Adams.

To avoid confusion, no matter how you plan on getting home when the Broad Ripple streets are blocked, IMPD suggests arranging a meeting place on College Avenue or near Broad Ripple High School.

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