Posted by Graeme Sharpe in Bicycling, Neighborhoods
on Aug 31st, 2012 | 1 comment
The month of August has spoiled those of us who enjoy awesome things. Case in point: The inaugural Fountain Square Grand Prix bicycle criterium race held on August 18th, 2012.
I loved the race being held on that day. There was a strong symbolism to the FSGP being held on the same weekend as the MotoGP at the Speedway. Indy is a town that loves to host a good competition. But it also loves to host a good party, and that’s why the Cataracts 2012 music festival being held at the same time and only 1 block away from the bicycle race made this a perfect Indianapolis blending of Sports &...
Posted by Graeme Sharpe in Neighborhoods
on Aug 28th, 2012 | 3 comments
The weekend of August 17-19 was a great one for this Capital City, as documented in the IndyStar. There were a lot of options available and I hope everyone here took advantage of some. The Cataracts 2012 music festival was my event of choice, and I’m quite happy I attended. The music was great, the people were friendly, and the weather was unbelievable. NUVO wrote an article on the event, or you can get a feel for the experience by watching this:
It was just a lot of fun, as you can see in that video. I don’t have the equipment to capture such music, but hopefully you get a sense...
Posted by Eric McAfee in Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on Aug 27th, 2012 | 13 comments
The south side of Indianapolis has long perceived of itself as the most neglected part of town, and not just in terms of its relationship with local media. When it comes to investment from city agencies, whether Parks and Recreation, the City-County Public Library system, or mass transit, basic empirical evidence suggests that per capita spending is significantly lower in the three townships south of the Circle than anywhere else. So southsiders could greet an improvement to Emerson Avenue with the predictable if paradoxical mixture of doe-eyed optimism and an ossified doubt. The long planned...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Bicycling
on Aug 24th, 2012 | 10 comments
I received the following in an e-mail from Jamison Hutchins, Bicycle Coordinator with the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability.
As Indianapolis continues to add more bike lanes and trails, it is important to tell the story of how the addition of these facilities has resulted in an increase in usage. The Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Health by Design and INDYCOG will be coordinating to collect these valuable counts on our bikeways. This will help us begin to quantify what most of have been seeing on our streets – more people riding bikes.
There has been quite a bit of work...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Bicycling
on Aug 22nd, 2012 | 25 comments
Everyday, it seems a feel-good story floats across my twitter feed about a new bicycling facility that was constructed somewhere. Whether it was a new cycle track in Chicago or a beer pong bike lane in NYC, the data tells me that when dedicated cycling infrastructure is built, the press given to the local response is positive and that new riders are getting out on the roads.
It should come as no surprise that my heart asks, why isn’t Indianapolis doing more of this? To be sure, we are making great strides here when it comes to cycling. I have been reporting the construction progress of the 62nd...