Trail Talk

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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In Indy, Bike Sharing is a Balancing Act

June 18, 2015

The Indianapolis Star highlights the balancing efforts of the Pacers Bikeshare operations team. “It’s a job mostly hidden from the public. But it’s increasingly being considered as essential as keeping the buses running or trash collection on time, especially where bike commuting is flourishing. There are 1,600 yearly Indianapolis bike-share pass holders, many of whom commute, and another 28,000 people who bought day passes last year. They combined for 108,000 trips between 26 stations around Downtown Indianapolis. Those bikes weren’t available all of the time at all of those stations by accident. It wasn’t magic. Somebody had to make sure...

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IN Bloom: Roses

June 8, 2015

Roses have been a popular addition to gardens for at least 5,000 years. Throughout history, roses have been used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, as a source of perfume, and even as legal tender. Today’s gardeners can choose from thousands of varieties and forms of roses, from elegant tea roses, to climbing roses, to the ever-popular long-stem roses. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is home to Rosa rugosa, an upright, rounded shrub that grows 4-6 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide and can be found along Washington Street and Virginia Avenue. These Rugosa roses have fragrant blooms starting in late spring...

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Bioswales: Sustainability Along the Cultural Trail

June 2, 2015

Beyond its intrinsic value as an active transportation and recreational asset for residents and visitors, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail plays a big part in the greening of downtown Indianapolis. More Planters, Less Runoff Before the Trail, there was concrete, inherently impervious and a collector of automotive pollution, which runs off to stormwater drains and ultimately, the city’s water supply after a heavy rain. After Trail construction, there are over 25,000 square feet of new stormwater planters, or bioswales. Below is a great video that shares many of the sustainability initiatives along the Trail, including the use of stormwater planters. x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKdbUfnze5E What...

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Tales from the Trail: Meet Karissa Hulse

May 26, 2015

You meet the most interesting people along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Here’s one now: Karissa Hulse, Director of Programs and Community Partnerships at IndyHub, wife to Brett and mother to Charlie.   How does the Indy Cultural Trail connect you to the city? ​Home, my work, my son’s childcare, our church — most of my daily life happens within a few blocks of the Cultural Trail so it is quite literally how I navigate the city. During the workdays, I intentionally try to plan meetings near the Trail. And on weekends, my husband, Brett, and I will often go walk on...

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