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Central Indiana Regional Bikeways Plan up for review

Central Indiana Regional Bikeways Plan up for review
Urban Indy is a huge champion for cycling improvements within the Indianapolis area. Cycling is a low cost, low emission and healthy way to get around for short trips to the store, to see friends, get to work, school, etc. It is with these thoughts, that I am happy to pen this review of the recently unveiled Central Indiana Regional Bikeways Plan (click to open 79 page .pdf). The Indy MPO has been gathering input over the past year from people via the Indyconnect site as well as some other public meetings. Existing bicycle plans were taken into account and a fiscally constrained long range plan...
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First Meeting of Indiana Joint Study on Transportation

First Meeting of Indiana Joint Study on Transportation
Actually, it is called, The Joint Study Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions, but that was far too long of a title to put for the post. However, the first meeting of the committee was on August 23rd and consisted of 23 members of the Indiana House & Senate. The topics of discussion were far ranging with municipal officials and industry experts called on to testify. Ed Soliday lead the hearing and began with opening remarks about the unstable condition of funding at the Federal level while highlighting the need for officials at the state level to examine, and if...
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A Simple Solution to Stem Public Discontent

Twice over the past few days I’ve overheard discussions and complaints about how slow construction has been on the Cultural Trail in Fountain Square. In both cases, I interjected and explained that two of the main reasons for delays were the separate discoveries of buried historic rail lines and underground vaults. Both times I shared that information, the conversation quickly switched to how awesome it was that construction crews had discovered these artifacts of the city’s past. While there was still impatience over the Cultural Trail’s completion date being moved, these...
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Utility Pole moved out of sidewalk on Shelby Street

Utility Pole moved out of sidewalk on Shelby Street
You regulars keeping track of the ongoing utility pole issue on Shelby Street will be happy to see this update. The reader who has helped to keep me informed of the utility pole issues surrounding the reconstruction of the sidewalk adjacent to the Shelby Street cycle track sent in the attached photos today. As you can see, the offending pole has been moved completely out of the sidewalk and is now in the grass and poses no risks to pedestrians, the disabled or those who may be pushing a stroller.   The story of how this finally came to pass is an interesting one and leaves me wondering how much of...
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Lockerbie Proposal Hints at 2-way College Avenue

Lockerbie Proposal Hints at 2-way College Avenue
The IBJ’s Property Lines has posted an article about a new mixed-use proposal located on the northwest corner of College and Michigan in the Lockerbie Square neighborhood.  The project is large enough on its own: 190 market-rate apartments, 44,000 sq feet of retail and office space, reopening Cincinnati Street, located on 3/4 of a city block.  Even more intriguingly, in the comments of the article, reporter Cory Schouten mentions that the developers are looking toward the prospect of converting College Avenue to a two-way street from Massachusetts Avenue to Market Street.  I made a...
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