After a bit of a lull, this looks to be a big year in multi-use paths around the city. While Indianapolis is still struggling with the basics of street design, Â we seem to be more successful in building these off-street paths. There are at least five that are either under construction or planned for 2015.
Eagle Creek Greenway:
Construction is well underway on the Eagle Creek Greenway in Pike Township. We had a guest post on this trail a few months ago, and the writer of that post sent us some updated photos from last weekend:
The Pennsy Trail construction plans to connect the Pleasant Run Trail with the completed portion of the Pennsy Trail which is east of Arlington Avenue. The currentÂ projectÂ area is shown in the map below, and more specific plans can be seen here:
Urban Indy blogger Emily Neitzel took some photos of the construction:
Pogues Run Trail:
A closeup look at the planned intersection with the corner of 10th Street and Brookside Avenue is shown below:
The project area map is shown below:
Emily Neitzel also took some photos of the lane closures for us:
East 71st Street Multi-Use Path:
This will be a path similar to the completed ones on College Avenue near Meridian Hills orÂ East 62nd Street. Not necessarily connective, but it will likely be popular with residents. Construction is underway here, although we have no photos of it at this time. Project map can be seen here.
Nora: College Avenue Multi-Use Path:
Similar to East 71st Street, this will be mostly for residents of the area. It will be located between 86th Street and 91st Street. There is no project map at this time, butÂ I found this article on it. Thanks to Urban Indy reader and fellow GIS advocate Jill Saligoe-Simmel for giving me the heads up on this one.
It will be interesting to see what direction the city will take after the November Mayoral Election with regards to cycling (and pedestrian) infrastructure. Indianapolis Monthly has a nice feature up on the major party candidates. But I remember a quote from Mayor Ballard when he was first elected that “Hoosiers love their cars”. That he was able to help foster the growth of cycling after such a quote puts me a bit at ease that the momentum will be able to continue regardless of the person in charge. And maybe they will do even better, because the public advocacy is so much stronger than it was 8 years ago.
Finally, thanks to Jamison Hutchens, Emily Neitzel, Scott Allen for their help with the information and photos in this post.