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Indianapolis Bike Share Numbers: Some Perspective

Indianapolis Bike Share Numbers: Some Perspective
The numbers for the first 6 months of the Pacers Bikeshare are in, and the program appears to be a success in comparison to a larger bike share in Denver. These numbers are nice to see, as they show that there is a demand for alternative modes of travel in the downtown area. A successful bikeshare like the one centered around the Indianapolis Cultural Trail will help to encourage future expansion. However, I do think this data should be read with a bit more caution.  It does not prove that Indianapolis is a greener city than Denver, as the Indy Star article suggests.  What it does prove is that this...
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Indy’s Bike Share, by Matthew Moggridge

Indy’s Bike Share, by Matthew Moggridge
This post was written by a visitor to our town who took the Pacers Bike Share for a spin. The original post is located on the blog No Visible Lycra, and a second post on the topic can be found here. As the day drew to close as far as the convention was concerned and all the work was done, I decided to check out Indianapolis’ new bike share scheme. It costs $8 for a 24-hour pass but you have to put the bikes back into a docking station after 30 minutes. There are plenty of docking stations dotted around the city and every docking station offers maps showing exactly where they (and you) are. The...
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The Cultural Trail Philosophical Divide: Virginia Ave vs. Mass Ave

The Cultural Trail Philosophical Divide: Virginia Ave vs. Mass Ave
Virginia Avenue is hopping with new developments. Each article and news report that is written about the renewed focus on the street has mentioned the Cultural Trail as major catalyst for the revitalization of the street. The Cultural Trail is parallel to the commercial district for almost the entire stretch, with the exception of the short jog it makes to enable easier crossing of East and South Streets. This angle also enables some nice views of the downtown skyline, as seen in this photo: Contrast this to how the trail zigs and zags in the city’s other major diagonal commercial district,...
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Cultural Trail Clearance: Serious Business

Cultural Trail Clearance: Serious Business
Welcome to the flipside of the great freeze-out of 2014 (hopefully it will be the only one). I was happy to act as directed by the mayor and stayed home from Sunday until Tuesday afternoon. Fortunately, I didn’t have to leave the house to see something inspiring on the internet. Our man living next to the Cultural Trail, Joe Smoker, took this photo of the machine that keeps the Cultural Trail clear of snow and posted it on Facebook: Apparently this machine arrived more frequently than the street plows, and it makes good sense.  One of Indy’s most valuable public assets is only good if it...
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Guest Post: Cultural Trail – Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda by Andy Howard

Guest Post: Cultural Trail – Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda by Andy Howard
Let me preface this post by saying – I love the Cultural Trail. I use it a minimum of 4 times a week and, more typically, about a dozen times taking my daughters to school, picking up groceries at Marsh, getting frozen yogurt at one of the many shops along the trail, and just going out for a leisurely stroll. Now, since I’m on the trail so much, I’ve gotten to know a few sniggles that have bothered me so I thought I would share them here on Urban Indy. Each item will come with a little list of concerning the severity of the problem and how fixable it is. Side street turn radius Severity:...
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