Reclaiming the Streets for Pedestrians: The Indianapolis Cultural Trail

The city of Indianapolis, Indiana is embarking on a project to run a bicycle/walking/jogging path through the city center in an effort to encourage more human-powered movement through the city. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail will allow pedestrians to have their own right-of-way through the city center with access to many of the city's arts, retail, sporting, and cultural institutions. Plans for the trail include transforming whole lanes of existing traffic in some places into wide, open spaces for bikes and people. In other words, this is nothing like the narrow after-though of a bike lane many of us have in North America. We expect this could have a Portland streetcar effect, spurring economic and neighborhood revitalization in the blocks surrounding the project. Construction will be completed in phases over the next three years, with the first phase estimated to be finished later this year. ::Indianapolis Cultural Trail