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A Bicycle Built for Transportation

A Bicycle Built for Transportation
US cities have a long history of bicycling, and Indianapolis is no exception.  However, much of the attention over the past few decades has focused on bicycles as recreation, instead of transportation.  But if we look at the example set by cities where bikes are truly integrated into the transportation scheme, we see they have evolved quite differently from our own rolling stock.  An in-depth look at Copenhagen Cycle Chic will bring you many examples of this bike from Denmark and around the world. Recently, I had the opportunity to buy an old City Bike and learn more about it.  This bike came with...
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What Cleveland could learn from Indy

What Cleveland could learn from Indy
Thursday, a post on Rust Wire written by Streetsblog‘s Angie Schmitt, really made some waves across the twitter and blogosphere today. In the post, Angie detailed how a regional planning official basically laughed off what she had to say about their aims as an organization and paid little heed to the Rust Wire’s criticisms; albeit as true as they are. To be sure, Cleveland is a city experiencing it’s share of sprawl related issues. They have rail transit and a world class BRT (bus rapid transit) line called The Health Line. One would think that these forward thinking infrastructure...
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City Way and a Two-Way Delaware Street

City Way and a Two-Way Delaware Street
City Way is perhaps the largest project under construction in the downtown area.  I find the design of the project to be refreshing, and perhaps the way of the future for the city.  Instead of pinning our hopes on a splashy new high-rise, City Way is instead a collection of solid mid-rise buildings.  I believe this leads to greater interaction with the street in a way that the city’s new taller buildings seem to struggle with. CityWay as seen from the sidewalk next to Conseco Fieldhouse: A closer look at the residences:   The centerpiece of the project is the Alexander...
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What new Federal Transpo Bill means for Indy

What new Federal Transpo Bill means for Indy
Last week, a federal conference committee released a report detailing the next federal surface transportation bill. If you follow transportation news at the national level, you know that this debate has further divided the left and right. Without delving into the arguing points, the report that was issued, and was adopted into law over the weekend, represents what happens when both sides are very far apart from each other. Federal funding for highways & transit essentially will remain the same. The time that it takes for projects from both highway & transit will be reduced with the elimination...
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