Posted by Joe Smoker in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on Apr 16th, 2014 | 10 comments
Today, the City, behind Mayor Greg Ballard, announced a new downtown district which represents the culmination of years of work and a number of recent project announcements. Roughly bounded to the north by New York Street, to the south by the railroad tracks, to the west by Delaware Street and to the east by, well, East Street, Market East will provide a unique setting among Indy’s existing cultural districts.
Unlike the existing cultural districts, Market East will feature a rare experience for Indy. The district will be among the largest collection of modern structures in downtown...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Mar 3rd, 2014 | 1 comment
Last week, I was able to take a short trip to New York City with my wife. While she was busy with her work training sessions in the day, I made a point to geek out on their new Bike Share system, as well as the High Line elevated park.
Here’s a look at the first docking station that I used on the southern tip of Manhattan. The process was slightly time-consuming, but generally straight forward and problem free:
I then headed to Shake Shack, a legendary burger shop that has been expanding in the city. Docking the bike nearby proved to be slightly difficult, and I had to have someone explain that...
Posted by Nathan Smurdon in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Feb 15th, 2014 | 2 comments
Didn’t get a chance to pause and absorb the beauty of the city during yesterday’s snowstorm? No problem – Urban Indy has you covered. Armed with my high powered professional Canon DSLR digital HTC Evo smartphone camera and properly dressed in a snowsuit, waterproof boots and ski googles a business suit, no gloves and dress shoes, I captured a few of my favorite places around downtown in all their snowy glory.
So grab a cup of coffee and scroll through – let us know which you like best in the comments below. And if you have recommendations for a good pair of snow boots...
Posted by Graeme Sharpe in Bicycling, Neighborhoods
on Feb 6th, 2014 | 12 comments
Indianapolis has been pushing hard to catch up with leading bicycle cities such as Portland and San Francisco. Seeing all that two-wheeled traffic in downtown and surrounding neighborhoods has been a blessing in so many ways – less pollution from cars, less vehicle congestion, better public health outcomes, and especially watching people get outside and reconnect with their city. But I wanted to share what I consider the key benefit to bringing back bicycles: the opportunity for dense downtown development without parking lots or subsidized garages!
Our current renaissance of downtown required...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Pedestrian
on Feb 4th, 2014 | 15 comments
I don’t know about anyone else, but spring weather is on my mind right now. With that in mind, I checked out Sustain Indy’s Bikeways homepage to see if anything new was on the way. They have released their bicycle and pedestrian study from September of last year, the results of which can be seen below:
The first thing that jumps out is that the Monon Trail is still the king of bike and ped infrastructure in Indy. It is also interesting to see that the Peace Walk is getting relatively steady usage in a part of downtown that used to be mostly forgotten. These studies help to put some...