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Separated Bike Paths: Safer, More Useful, and Possibly Less Controversial

Separated Bike Paths: Safer, More Useful, and Possibly Less Controversial
Few subjects draw the ire of neighborhood residents like bike lanes. Our posts on the Broad Ripple bike lanes featured comment threads that got almost out of control. And to this day, I still think in general these lanes are a positive change, as vehicles drive slower through the section now, and the road feels safer to the user (including pedestrians and drivers, as well as cyclists). The lanes are basically a simple coat of white paint. The pavement that was a 40-mile an hour 4 lane road is slightly less of a stroad now. I haven’t talked much about bike lanes since the Broad Ripple Avenue ones...
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King Park’s Cool Idea: Using The Monon Trail as a Public Street

King Park’s Cool Idea: Using The Monon Trail as a Public Street
In the latest release of the DMD’s Hearing Examiner’s report, an interesting rezoning case was listed on page 76. King Park Development wants this strip of land between 21st and 20th Street on the Monon Trail to be rezoned from I-3 (Industrial) to D-8 (traditional urban single family housing): Given that this strip is actually not fronted by a public street, but is instead placed between an alley an the Monon Trail, any housing development here would have to be a little creative. The rezoning case provides such an option, where 16 houses would use the Monon Trail as the public street, and...
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Delaware and Fall Creek Redesign Project Opens Public Space

Delaware and Fall Creek Redesign Project Opens Public Space
Seven years ago, I posted a short article on an opportunity for a better intersection at Delaware and Fall Creek. A few years later, plans were released for a redesign, which basically brought back the original street grid of the neighborhood. Thankfully this project is now completed, and the 2 swooping curved drives have been eliminated. Here’s how the streets looked in 2010. Note the lack of sidewalks and crosswalks across Fall Creek Boulevard: And here’s how it looked earlier this year, while it was still under construction: Basically the intersection is now simplified. Instead of 3-4...
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MPO Releases Upcoming Project List

MPO Releases Upcoming Project List
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Organization has awarded $59 million towards 30 transportation initiatives in the Central Indiana Region. There are some interesting points to make here. First, the list: Local Public Agency Project Project Type Funds Awarded Avon School Zone Flashing Beacons Safety Upgrade $133,680   Bargersville Signal Pre-emption Signal – Other $143,502 Brownsburg Green Street & Airport Road Roundabout Intersection $1,809,000 Brownsburg E. CR 700 N Reconstruction Roadway Reconstruction $3,894,300 Carmel 116th Street & Guilford Road...
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Guest Post by Ryan Funk: Jane Jacobs in Mapleton-Fall Creek

Guest Post by Ryan Funk: Jane Jacobs in Mapleton-Fall Creek
Original post can be found here. Jane Jacobs was a journalist and community activist who is now widely considered a patron saint of urban planning. Her most famous work, published in 1961, is The Death and Life of Great American Cities. I recently read the book and am reflecting on what it tells us about Mapleton-Fall Creek. Jacobs wrote at a time when cities looked at historic neighborhoods as “cancers” that should be bulldozed and replaced with utopian garden cities: high-rises separated by expanses of grass. She fought New York City when it wanted to tear down much of Greenwich Village to build...
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