Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on Nov 5th, 2015 | 52 comments
Last evening, IndyGo released a Google Map enabled view of their detailed plans for the proposed Red Line Bus Rapid Transit route. There are a lot of interesting features included, which will be featured in this post from North to South:
North turnaround at 66th and College:
Any bus transit line will usually have an issue with how it turns around at its final destination. I say usually here, because people can be creative. This part of College Avenue actually has an old right-of-way that parallels the newer street configuration, so it can be used for this function:
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on Oct 26th, 2015 | 24 comments
This the follow-up post from the one I wrote on October 22nd.
Indianapolis doesn’t have a lot of money to throw around at our various issues, and that money may be dwindling as I type. My number one money saving idea is simple: No more widened roads in the name of “improvement“. The phrase “If you’re in a hole, the first step is to stop digging” comes to mind here. But, consider that a widened city road:
Costs more to maintain than it did previously. One mile of 2 lane road costs $312,000 just to be resurfaced.
Places land into the public Right-of-Way which can no...
Posted by Joe Smoker in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on Oct 1st, 2015 | 42 comments
It seems a distant memory when the City/IUPUI announced a partnership to reinvest in the Natatorium and to return West New York and West Michigan Streets back to two-way automobile traffic, with improved gateways, art, street furniture, lighting, medians and pedestrian crossings. Yes, this announcement gathered the usual concerns about what such a significant change would do to the mass of students and event participants that frequently, though for small fractions of each day, use these one-way arterials as mini expressways to the interstates. Regardless, these changes will create a more vibrant, safer...
Posted by Jim Hodapp in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Aug 25th, 2015 | 27 comments
Indy’s Cultural Trail is now two years old and is a huge success in so many significant ways. It continues to receive wide acclaim throughout the country as being a model of success for what proper biking and pedestrian infrastructure can do when done in a smart way instead of only going by the engineer’s guide book without thinking. So why then does the Cultural Trail need some improvement? Most areas are already functioning well and are fairly well optimized, but there is at least one area that needs some rethinking. Here’s where I’m referring to, do you recognize...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Jul 27th, 2015 | 11 comments
2015 is sadly shaping up to be a poor year for pedestrian safety in Indianapolis. Today, there has already been a crash on the south side with a person listed in critical condition. My fear is that it may end up being the worst year on record for deaths and injuries, as it seems to be an almost daily occurrence. It happens all over town, but it always seems to be the worst in places where cars are moving the fastest and pedestrians are a rarer sight.
Last month, a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Crestview and Kessler Boulevard. This portion of Kessler has no...