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2013 is now in the history books. It’s a good time to look back over the year and highlight the good things that have happened for bicycling in Indianapolis during 2013. (In a future blog I’ll look at the future for bicycle in advocacy in 2014)

Here’s my recap of 2013 Year in Bicycling from my perspective as a bicycle advocate:

Cultural Trail Grand Opening

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. National Bike Summit (March) – Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard was the hit of the summit and helped spotlight Indianapolis’ efforts for bicycling

 http://blog.bgindy.com/blog/bgi-bike-advocates-corner/bicycle-garage-indy-goes-to-national-bike-summit-in-washington-dc

2. Indianapolis Complete Streets policy ranked  #1 in the country (April)

3. Streetfilms visit (May) – great film highlighting Indianapolis, bicycling and Mayor Ballard

4. Cultural Trail Grand Opening / Two Wheels One City (May) – even the cold weather couldn’t keep folks away

5. White River Greenway ribbon cutting / Mayor Ballard’s Leadership Award from League of American Bicyclists (November) 

6. Donation of nearly 552 bikes to people who need bikes through Shifting Gears program

7. Extension of Fall Creek Trail to Fort Harrison State Park – although the closing of the Boy Scout Rd. bridge all summer was not a highlight, the end result is a much needed and welcome connection (September)

8. $3 million set aside annually for bicycle projects in Department of Public Works budget for the next 3 years

9. Publication and distribution of 20,000 Indy RIDE GUIDE maps (thanks to IndyCOG!

10. Hoosier Mountain Bike Association hiring a full-time executive director, Tammy Mebane (December)

There’s always a danger in reminiscing to the general public – what things have I left out?  What are your highlights for bicycling in Indianapolis this past year?

Connie Szabo Schmucker

Advocacy Director

Bicycle Garage Indy

Indianapolis and Greenwood