DNR Trail Advisory Board Openings, City of Indianapolis 2015 Reconnecting to Our Waterways initiatives, Upcoming Cultural Trails/Pacers Bikeshare Photo Shoot opportunity, and National Advocacy news in our latest Advocacy Updates.

DNR Trails Advisory Board Positions Open for Nominations

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Outdoor Recreation is accepting nominations for five positions (representing Bicyclists, Higher Education/Health, Off-Road Motorcyclists, Parks and Recreation Agencies and Water Trail Users) on the Trails Advisory Board through January 2, 2015. Learn more here

reconnecting to our waterways logoIndianapolis Leverages More Than $6 Million for 2015 Projects Along Five Waterways

The Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development, along with the Department of Public Works and Reconnecting to Our Waterways, announced plans today to invest $6.16 million next year in projects aimed at revitalizing neighborhoods along five of the city’s major waterways: Pleasant Run, White River, Pogue’s Run, Fall Creek and Central Canal. All projects are scheduled to begin construction in 2015.Visit this page for more information.

Models Wanted for Indianapolis Cultural Trail Winter Photo Shoot – Jan. 9 & 10

Indy Cultural Trail, Inc., is having a winter photo shoot to capture the Cultural Trail and Pacers Bikeshare bikes in use during the winter, encouraging folks to consider bicycling even when it's chilly. Also, they want this effort to show a diverse user group – the more the merrier! The shoots are Friday, January 9 and Saturday, January 10 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Note: If there’s NO SNOW, the shoot may be rescheduled. (photos need to portray “winter”)  Interested? Fill out this short form

National Advocacy Updates:

From League of American Bicyclists: You Asked – Congress Acted!

We're ending 2014 with a big win for bicycling: This month, Congress signaled its support for a national goal to reduce bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities — an effort we've been championing for two years, and one that many spoke with legislators about during the 2014 National Bike Summit. Visit this page for details and a recap of 2014

From Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: Poll Reveals Broad Support for Federal Investment in Biking and Walking

In September, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy engaged leading Republican and Democratic pollsters to find out what likely 2016 voters really thought about the federal role in encouraging active transportation. The poll results show that four times as many voters favor increasing or maintaining current levels of federal investment in walking and biking paths as decreasing them (74 percent – 19 percent) and that strong majorities support this funding regardless of political affiliation. With a new federal transportation bill due to be negotiated in 2015, it is vitally important that the message contained in these poll findings are broadly heard. Visit this page for more details on the poll results.


Keep Bicycling!

Connie Szabo Schmucker, Advocacy Director

Bicycle Garage Indy / BGI Fitness

Indianapolis & Greenwood