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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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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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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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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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...
Categorized in All, At ICT, Biking, Pacers Bikeshare
May 19, 2015
Coming into bloom this May–Lilacs! The Palibin Variety (a.k.a Korean lilac) is found in several locations along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and in mass along the Glick Peace Walk. These fragrant shrubs are great for any landscape. In spring, the large clusters of blooms fill the air with a sweet perfume-like fragrance. The Korean lilac likes dry to medium, well-drained soil; it can tolerate light shade but blooms better in full sun. It is a compact shrub that matures to a 4-5 feet in both width and height and the colors range from white to purple. It is a perfect choice for...
Categorized in Flora & Fauna
May 14, 2015
The team at ICT, Inc. will take part in National Bike to Work Day tomorrow, May 15, to create awareness for bicycle commuting, as well as to serve as a reminder about just how much fun it is to ride a bike. Our friends at PeopleForBikes, whose mission is to make bike riding better for everyone, recently polled their over one million members to help describe “the kind you biking you do regularly, mostly for transportation, without thinking much about it.” No spandex, just normal everyday clothes. You, moving from point A to B. Just getting the business of life–work, errands, groceries–done...
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May 12, 2015
On May 6, ICT, Inc. hosted an event at the Platform to celebrate the Everybody Rides program, which was launched as part of the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare in 2014 to make sure everyone in the downtown Indianapolis community, regardless of income level, is aware of the benefits and has access to the quick and easy transportation offered by Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, a program of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. Accessible, Affordable Transportation What began as a pilot program in Barton Towers and Barton Annex has now been expanded to several of the downtown Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA) properties; IU Health...
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May 5, 2015
by Jordan Kingdon, Operations Manager, ICT, Inc. The weather has finally broken just in time for May and National Bike Month! It’s time to ride! But first, let me share some cycling tips for the spring. It’s important to evaluate your bike and wardrobe before swinging a leg over and pedaling into the sunset. First let’s start with your bike. The last thing you want is a bike issue on your first ride of the season. Here are some simple tasks you can do on your own to ensure a good experience. Air Up Your Tires I recommend using a hand pump...
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April 29, 2015
Be the first to ride the new “Indy Welcomes All” #IndyBlueBike unveiled last week at the Pacers Bikeshare One-year Birthday Party. What Exactly is a Unicorn Bike? It’s mysterious and magical and only a chosen few will ever get the chance to see or ride it! Among the 250 yellow bikes, one blue bike will stand above the rest, proudly displaying its “Indy Welcomes All” decoration and demonstrating our City’s commitment to inclusivity and Hoosier Hospitality. ICT, Inc. is continuing in the tradition of other bikeshare transit systems by specially decorating one bike in our fleet for a very...
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