Trail Talk

Free Pacers Bikeshare August 1-2 Kicks Off One Million Calorie Challenge

July 30, 2015

The One Million Calories Campaign challenges the Indianapolis community to burn one million calories using Pacers Bikeshare bikes during the month of August. To kick off the campaign, digital technology company UST Global is providing free access to the bikeshare program on the opening weekend of the campaign, August 1st and 2nd, 2015. At the July 29 announcement of the challenge outside City Market, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said, “I’m thrilled that UST Global has selected Indianapolis as the place to launch the One Million Calories Campaign. Our Pacers Bikeshare program is a healthy way to travel and experience downtown, and it will be...

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Indianapolis Cultural Trail is a Key Economic and Community Driver

July 28, 2015

On July 23, ICT, Inc. and the IU Public Policy Institute held a press conference to announce and celebrate the many ways, economic and other, that the Indianapolis Cultural Trail has impacted the city. The findings, from a report by the Institute on the initial economic and community impact of the Trail, found that property assessments within one block of the eight-mile Trail have increased 148% since 2008, an increase of $1 billion in assessed property value. Mayor Greg Ballard addressed the crowd, “More than a decade ago, Brian Payne envisioned the Cultural Trail as a bold way to connect...

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Economic Impact Figures Released

July 23, 2015

Indianapolis Cultural Trail has Positive Economic Impact  IU Public Policy Institute Reports Property Values on Trail have Increased 148%  INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. today unveiled the findings of a report by the IU Public Policy Institute (Institute) on the initial economic and community impact of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick.  The report found that property assessments within approximately one block of the eight mile Trail have increased 148% since 2008, an increase of $1 billion in assessed property value. “With so much to offer, the Cultural Trail has become a destination for...

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Indy Among World’s Most Livable Cities

July 23, 2015

Indianapolis was named among the World’s Most Livable Cities by Metropolis Magazine due in large part to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick. “The Cultural Trail alone has generated close to $300 million in development with more to come” See the excerpt featuring the City of Indianapolis Here.    

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Teen Works + The Cultural Trail

July 21, 2015

This summer, ICT, Inc. is lucky to have 13 central Indy high schoolers working with us to maintain the Trail and help manage the bikeshare program. TeenWorks is a program for selected high schoolers to gain professional experience and college readiness training throughout the summer. Since 1981, TeenWorks has provided real world work experience, college readiness programs and supportive services for Indianapolis teenagers. While earning a paycheck, the high schoolers learn leadership skills, gain exposure to a professional working environment, participate in volunteer activities and receive six weeks of college prep instruction in areas including presentations, reports, finances and team building....

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Talk of the Trail: Downtown Phone Repair

July 14, 2015

There are hundreds of businesses along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail that have helped transform the urban core, including Downtown Phone Repair, located on the second floor of City Market, and owned by Andy Howard, Fletcher Place resident, enthusiastic Pacers Bikeshare rider, dad to Adelaide, Miriam and Jasper and husband to Marlene. Tell us about Downtown Phone Repair. I mostly fix broken iPhone screens, but can do most cell phone repairs given enough time and YouTube videos. What motivated you to start your business? I stopped being excited about my former career. I ended up spending a few years being a...

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Tales from the Trail: Meet Gary Reiter

July 7, 2015

You meet the most interesting people along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Here’s one now: Gary Reiter, Senior Trust Administrator at BMO Harris Private Banking, a daily Pacers Bikeshare user and proud downtown Indy resident. How does the Indy Cultural Trail connect you to the city? I use the Indy Cultural Trail as my transportation route to work at the corner of Ohio and Pennsylvania. My primary mode of transportation is the Pacers Bikeshare system. There is a bike station about 100 feet from my front door and another one about a block and a half from my work. I run into...

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4th of July Bikeshare Tips

July 2, 2015

Its 4th of July weekend and we’re gearing up here for what is expected to be our busiest weekend yet for Pacers Bikeshare! Last year over 5,000 trips were taken during the week of July 4th weekend with over 1,000 Day Pass users roaming downtown Indianapolis on our 250 gold bikes. Photo Credit: Indy Star   This year we will have balancing teams working hard to keep the system running well and ensuring bikes are available where they are needed. However, the high turnover rate of bikes in the system could lead to occasional full or empty stations. Not to worry!  Here’s some...

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Swarm Street Live!

June 30, 2015

In early June, ICT, Inc. had a naturally-occuring Swarm Street with a swarm of honeybees making its way along the east end of Mass Ave. on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail (all things big and small love the Trail’s flower beds). We called in beekeeper Kate Franzman, owner of Bee Public, to safely remove and re-home these perky pollinators. She so graciously shared her knowledge with us in a guest blog.   Bee Public is a project I started a couple years ago. I keep beehives in very public spaces around town and give talks and classes about the importance of bees, why they’re in trouble,...

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Talk of the Trail: Crimson Tate

June 23, 2015

There are hundreds of businesses along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail that have helped transform our downtown, including Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter, located at 845 Mass. Ave. and owned by our friend Heather Givans, Quilter-in-Chief and renowned fabric designer. Here’s a chance to learn a little more. Tell us about Crimson Tate. We offer contemporary, modern fabric; interesting import fabrics from Japan, Africa, England, India and more. Crimson Tate is a creative environment where our community can come and learn to sew, coordinate projects and find inspiration. We also are a cottage industry that creates finished sewn goods such as...

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