web analytics

4$ gasoline & transit ridership in Indy

4$ gasoline & transit ridership in Indy
When people’s daily budgets get compromised by our wonderfully fickle gasoline prices, it creates an opportunity for people to make a choice; that choice being whether to drive the car or ride the bus to work. For some in Indianapolis, this is a viable option. Living close enough to a bus route in these days can be the proverbial diamond in the rough. Compared to filling up and paying a parking fee, a bus fare seems like a great value; if you don’t mind bending your schedule to the bus’ schedule. As of the penning of this blog, numerous filling stations in the Indianapolis are in...
read more

Open thread: How to change thinking on transit in Indy

Open thread: How to change thinking on transit in Indy
This week, I had a couple of conversations with people I would classify as people who think like I do. By that I mean, they are constantly thinking about how to improve transit for Indianapolis by using the limited resources that are available. In that respect, it is simple for me to strike up a conversation about how a study may be going or hey, what do you think about a rapid transit corridor along ______. However, when I strike up a conversation with someone who does not think about these topics very often, I am struck with just how to properly go about it. For most citizens who live in...
read more

Learning to Ride a Bike: Basics like Balance & Braking

From what I can tell there are two major processes to learning how to ride a bike as an adult – figuring out the mechanics and then figuring out how those mechanics work in the real world. The simplest and, in many ways, most challenging part of learning involves some basics mechanical processes. Those include making the bike move forward, not falling off the bike (balance), steering and braking. None of those are easy tasks, but they aren’t impossible, either. All of the information below assumes that a person is taking the precautions she or he has deemed necessary for physical...
read more

Reconstructing the Irvington Cloverleaf

Reconstructing the Irvington Cloverleaf
Indianapolis, like many other cities, is looking for ways to gain revenues and cut costs. There is a great opportunity to do both at the same time to the east of Irvington. I believe that it’s safe to say that this city-owned cloverleaf at the crossroads of Washington and Shadeland is no longer necessary. Irvington has been looking to beautify the interchange. However, I believe it would be more useful to eliminate it entirely. This interchange is huge.  For a size comparison, this is the city-owned portion of this property (with the Right of Way included) superimposed on Monument Circle...
read more

Potential Pedestrian Bridge east of Downtown

Potential Pedestrian Bridge east of Downtown
An abandoned railroad bridge over the downtown interstate sits unused, but lurking with possible potential.  The bridge can be seen from aerial view here: Let’s look closer. Last week I met up with Curt and he took some photos of the bridge and its surroundings:   Such a project could potentially display the existing infrastructure such as the railroad ties and lines, similar to the High Line in NYC. This bridge lies just to the north of the Standard Oil Company...
read more

« Previous Entries Next Entries »