Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Feb 10th, 2014 | 29 comments
This video was amazing to me. Most of the time, local news crews seem to focus on any changes or challenges to driving conditions, but this report deals directly with the lack of sidewalk clearance within the city after a snowfall. Not only that, the first part of the report mentions that snow should be cleared off before if freezes hard to the concrete, which is an important point:
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Last month I walked on the south side of Broad Ripple Avenue next to the Subway restaurant, and it was covered in old crusty ice. There had been plenty of time to have cleared it when it was warm...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Nov 5th, 2013 | 19 comments
The suburban doughnut counties have had a long reputation as an area that is hospitable to vehicular traffic, and not much else. Carmel has been fighting that reputation for decades now, but how are the other areas in the region faring? In some instances, better than Marion County.
Let’s look at one example from each of the four major borders that Marion County has. First up, Hendricks County:
The slightly angled paved stretch marked in orange is the B & O Trail. A small portion of the trail has been completed towards Raceway Road, where it stops abruptly. Indianapolis is not planning on...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Bicycling, Pedestrian
on Oct 31st, 2011 | 5 comments
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...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Bicycling
on Sep 27th, 2011 | 35 comments
I’m sure we’ve all seen it or experienced it a time or 10 here in Indy. Walking down the sidewalk (when there is one available) and someone either comes at you on a bike, or brushes past you from behind on a bike. Some go fast, some go slow but the fact that they are cycling ON THE SIDEWALK is the point I wish to examine with this post.
I have thought about this one for a long time but a recent brush really called me to action. I was crossing West Street to get to classes at IUPUI. I saw someone riding up the sidewalk of West Street and when I got across, we were in close proximity to one...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Pedestrian
on Apr 13th, 2011 | 5 comments
I’ve spent plenty of keystrokes complaining about poor sidewalk construction whether it be new or rehabilitating in nature. 46th street between College Ave & Keystone Ave is the scene of another Rebuild Indy road resurfacing project. With this, is the reconstruction of some of the sidewalks and also construction of brand new sidewalk where none existed before. I stepped out for a moment before work the other morning to snap a couple of photographs of the current progress. Obviously, the new sidewalks look really great being separated from the roadway by a small grass strip. It’s too bad...