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Indianapolis's Incredible Trail


As I arrived at work this morning my esteemed co-worker and fellow Commuter Central blogger, Steve Hoyt-McBeth, was all fired up.  He giddily called me over to his computer where he was exploring the Indianapolis Cultural Trust's website and their new innovative greenway trail.

This trail is no cowpath stuck out on the outskirts of town.  The Cultural Trail links many of the central city's vibrant cultural and employment centers and provides a safe and, frankly, beautiful corridor for walkers and cyclists through downtown.  Will this trail become the backbone of a city-wide trail system?  That's not in the cards yet, but the trail could really lead to a renaissance of active transportation in Indianapolis, thus changing the current transportation culture.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail from Gail Payne on Vimeo.



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Tom InIndy

November 15, 2009 at 12:09 PM

In asking if this trail will become the backbone of a citywide trails system - the answer given was - "that's not in the cards yet". I'd disagree. This cultural trail is the central hub of the region's entire trails, greenways and bike lanes network. Trails that connect into it include: the Monon Trail, the Central Canal Trail, the White River South Trail, The Fall Creek Trail (via the Monon), and the Pleasant Run Trail - via Shelby Street at Fountain Square. Eventually the Pogues Run Trail, the Pennsy Trail and the B&O Trail will also connect into this central hub. There are bike lanes on Michigan/New York streets, Illinois/Capitol streets and Southeastern Ave that also link in. This central trail hub will link bike access into downtown from all directions and will make getting around downtown on a bike much safer and easier.


Scott Cohen

November 16, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Tom -

That's great news! I assumed from the video that there weren't plans to build a trail system around the Cultural Trail. Keep riding!

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