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Pacers Bikeshare Turns One!

April 24, 2015

by Kären Haley, Executive Director, ICT, Inc. It’s been one year since the vibrant gold bikes that comprise the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program made their first appearance in downtown Indianapolis. We are proud to report that the bikeshare program has made downtown Indianapolis a better place to live, work and play. Success on Two Wheels Over the past year, the citizens of Indianapolis adopted the bikeshare as their own, and shared it with family, friends and visitors. Yes, thousands of people have taken rides on the bikes, but the year has provided other milestones as well. Along the Trail, we’ve...

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Tales from the Trail

April 20, 2015

Welcome to our new Trail Talk blog! We are dedicated to sharing stories of the many interesting people, places and things along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick®. First, a Little About Us The non-profit Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. (ICT, Inc.), your blog host, was established in 2010  and we are here to ensure that the Trail remains a beautifully maintained and vibrant community asset connecting people and place in downtown Indianapolis. Last April, ICT, Inc. introduced Pacers Bikeshare and we proudly celebrated over 100,000 rides in less than a year. If you want to...

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IU Health Partners with Pacers Bikeshare

April 20, 2015

IU Health Partners with Pacers Bikeshare and Sponsors Free Rides on Program’s One-Year Anniversary Partnership includes Bikeshare Station Sponsorship, Program Expansion and Complimentary Bikeshare Rides on the Bikeshare Anniversary, Wednesday, April 22 INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. today announces a new partnership between the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program and Indiana University Health.  The partnership includes an IU Health-sponsored bikeshare station along the downtown Canal, support for the Everybody Rides program and complimentary bikeshare trips on the program’s one-year anniversary, Wednesday, April 22. “We’re thrilled with the partnership with IU Health,” said Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.’s Executive Director Kären Haley.  “The Cultural...

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Indianapolis Cultural Trail: Context Sensitive Solutions

March 18, 2015

Context Sensitive Solutions reviews the background and process of the creation of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.   Abstract: “Leaders in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, wanted to make it easier for people to visit the city’s cultural districts, which were disconnected from the heart of downtown and didn’t get the attention they merited. In a city with a successful linear park and trail system, but no on-street bicycle facilities, one leader envisioned a bicycle and pedestrian trail through the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Twelve years later, the city, through a public-private partnership, completed the construction of an eight-mile, separated facility that...

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2014 Interbike Award: Best Place For Bikes

September 26, 2014

Interbike 2014 took place in Las Vegas in September and is an annual event celebrating bicycling. Interbike “produce[s] retail education events such as the IBD Summit, media events like Charged Up and The Women’s Story, and the world’s largest 2-day OutDoor Demo. We open our doors to the cyclists who power our industry with Interbike Customer Appreciation Day. We’re the largest contributor to PeopleForBikes and we’re proud to be one of the largest supporters of the bike industry – where our efforts help change the world through cycling.” As part of the event, Interbike awards excellence including the “Best Place...

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In Indianapolis, a Bike Path to Progress

March 5, 2014

The New York Times highlights the Cultural Trail and how it is putting Indianapolis on the map for bold ideas. “For an old car town, Indianapolis has been doing a lot for biking lately. A new eight-mile landscaped bike and pedestrian pathway is helping residents rediscover their city and reshaping how outsiders view it. The trail is putting Indianapolis on the map as a place to see bold innovation, along with the Colts and some car races in a town long known as an international racing capital, home to the Indy 500 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail,...

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Indianapolis Cultural Trail recipient of a 2013 Downtown Pinnacle Award by the International Downtown Association

October 15, 2013

(New York, NY. – Oct. 7, 2013) – During its World Congress and 59th Annual Conference, the International Downtown Association recognized the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick with a Downtown Pinnacle Award. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail was among 24 qualified entries in the category of Public Space. This category recognizes capital improvements that enhanced the urban design, physical function or economic viability of downtown and the community. “We are honored to receive such a prestigious recognition and set a standard for how public spaces can connect communities,” stated Kären Haley, executive director, Indianapolis Cultural Trail,...

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Bold Moves and Brave Actions

August 29, 2013

Project for Public Spaces calls Indianapolis Cultural Trail one of the boldest projects happening around the world. Great cities don’t just happen. They are the result of dedicated citizens and public officials who care about their hometowns and who are wiling to shake things up to make them better places to live, work and play. This almost always involves imaginative innovations, which defy all the conventional wisdom about how to plan cities. Here are five success stories from five continents that can encourage you to initiate some bold moves to turn around things in your own town. Melbourne gloriously revived...

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City awards $1M in federal funds for bike-rental service

August 29, 2013

City of Indianapolis DPW awards $1 million in federal CMAQ funds for bikeshare equipment. The Indianapolis Board of Public Works awarded $1 million in federal funds to B-Cycle LLC, a Wisconsin company that will bring its bike-rental service to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The public works board on Wednesday afternoon awarded the contract, which allows B-Cycle to spend up to $1.5 million to install its electronic stations and purchase bikes. Any spending beyond the federal funds will be covered by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc., a private not-for-profit entity that’s supposed to raise money for maintaining the eight-mile path. The...

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Local Group Announces Payne Connect10n Plaza

August 1, 2012

Happy Trails To You Local group announces Payne Connect10n Plaza, a trailhead that will honor more than a decade of community building and trail construction. In April 2007, construction on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick began on Alabama Street. A mix of construction signs, barricades and jackhammers hinted at the amount of work required to construct an eight-mile bike and pedestrian path through the city’s urban core. But behind the tools and signs were six years of brainstorming, partnership building, fundraising and community planning paved the way for the project. Since that 2007 ground-breaking...

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