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Complete Streets Ordinance Update

Complete Streets Ordinance Update
Three years ago this summer, the City-County Council passed a Complete Streets ordinance in a unanimous vote, joining hundreds of cities nationwide that chose to commit to accessibility for all modes and abilities in their transportation planning. Shortly afterwards, Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition recognized Indianapolis’ ordinance as the top Complete Streets ordinance out of nearly 130 policies adopted nationwide that year. The city has committed to this policy, but how has it been playing out in the implementation stage? Are the improvements on the ground living up...
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Broad Ripple Poised to be a Bicycling Leader in the City

Broad Ripple Poised to be a Bicycling Leader in the City
Last weekend, Indianapolis received its first-ever on-street bicycle corrals.  They were installed in Broad Ripple, at the intersection of Guilford and Westfield. I contacted Kevin Whited from IndyCog about the project, and here is what he said: A little info on the Broad Ripple Bike Corrals: INDYCOG played a very limited role in the process.  We presented to BRVA on the virtues of on-street bike corrals, and had a limited role in the facilitation between the City and Green Broad Ripple, BRVA, & Union Jack. Brenda Rising-Moore from Union Jacks and Neal Bennett from Green Broad Ripple did the...
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Indy Ride Guide

Indy Ride Guide
Last night, IndyCog released version 1 of their Indy Ride Guide, a comprehensive map which features the best (and worst) places for a person to ride a bicycle.  A sneak preview is shown below, but the full pdfs can be found in all their glory here and here. These maps can be found for free around the city at IndyCog sponsors. I picked mine up at the Indy Bike Hub. Special thanks goes out to the map developers: Brian Staresnick, Jennifer Higginbotham, Kevin Whited, and Aaron Kowalski. They were able to take this map from a concept to a reality. I’m proud to have helped in this project in my...
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Mass Ave Crit and FtnSqr Grand Prix

Mass Ave Crit and FtnSqr Grand Prix
It has been a great summer for cycling action here in Indianapolis.  We are seeing great returns on our infrastructure investments, and our citizens are starting to embrace bicycle culture more enthusiastically.  A good example of this was the Mass Ave Crit 2012 held last weekend.   The Mass Ave Crit is one of the most established races in the area, and it was a great turnout from spectators, fans, and cyclists.  The event was blessed with beautiful weather and a lot of support from the community.  I watched as many of the races as I could, and there was great action on every...
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46th Street Rebuild Indy Critique

46th Street Rebuild Indy Critique
The Indianapolis DPW contracted this job out during 2011. I am not 100% sure of the overall scope involved since I have seen reconstruction of 46th from College Ave all the way to Emerson and even beyond that. For the purposes of this post, I am going to focus on the section that is bounded by College Ave on the west and Keystone Ave on the east; the portion that I have personally witnessed a change worth reporting on. Previously, I critiqued the effort that transformed 52nd street. That project was a debacle that I hope our criticism may have helped influence. Indeed, comparing the 46th street rebuild...
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