Tag «Bicycling»

Cultural Trail parking in front of the Conrad

Escalade on Sidewalk (image credit: Kevin Kastner)

The past few weeks have been exciting regarding the completion of a short portion of the Cultural Trail along Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis. The reason for the excitement, was the expedited method with which construction was completed at the apparent request of the Conrad hotel. Many local talking heads have discussed the issue here …

IURC approves water lease; $425m for infrastructure

Portland Streetcar (image credit: Curt Ailes)

On July 13th, 2011, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved the lease of the water utility to Citizen’s Energy. While this has been debated vigorously over the past year and a half locally, what it means is that when it goes through, over $425 million will become available to put towards Rebuild Indy; a program …

Tackling the 16 Tech Plan

16 Tech Site Plan - Initial Renderings (image credit: Develop Indy)

The week of June 13th was an exciting one in Indianapolis. The Broad Ripple Parking Garage was announced. CIRTA launched a campaign to build a transit coalition to present to state lawmakers. And the City announced the 16 Tech Technology district that would be anchored by a redeveloped Bush Stadium. On the surface, the 16 Tech …

Shelby Street Bike Track under construction

Shelby St Cross Section (image credit: Indy DPW)

Earlier this year, Chicago elected a new mayor; Rahm Emanuel. Upon entering office, he wasted no time going to work on his campaign promises of improving mobility for citizens. Among his first visual changes, were the introduction of a new cycle track along a half mile stretch of downtown street; Kinzie Ave from Milwaukee Avenue to Wells …

Why the Cultural Trail Rocks

The Cultural Trail is generally viewed as a successful project by downtown boosters, but it is not without some reasonable criticism.  This post is not intended to be a rebuttal to Connie Ziegler’s provocative post, but rather a reaffirmation of my own feelings towards the trail. Last Saturday I rode my bike down most of …

The Joy of Medium-length Trips by Bicycle

Anyone who knows me can tell you I’m not much of an exercise guru.  Don’t get me wrong, I love getting out on my bike, but I love it even more when there is a set destination and purpose for the trip.  With gas prices rising even faster than the spring temperatures, this is a …

Indiana HB 1354 – Complete Streets

Complete Streets: Rendering looking south from Meridian & Westfield

Indiana House Bill 1354 was read on January 18th 2011. The bill as proposed would require INDOT to include “complete streets” guidelines into INDOT’s approved design manual. A summary of the bill, along with it’s travel through the legislature, can be read here. When I first read about this, I pumped my fist in the …