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Want to help shape the future of bicycling in Central Indiana and statewide?  Here are a few opportunities to participate in the coming weeks: Take a surveys, attend public meetings, give imput and volunteer for bike counts!

Indy MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) Regional Bikeways Plan

Action Item: Take the Online Survey  – your responses will help shape the planning and funding priorities of the Regional Bikeways Plan for Central Indiana

The Regional Bikeways Plan, previously adopted in 2012, will be updated during 2015.  In the coming months there will be several opportunities to contribute to the plan, including public meetings, webinars, and surveys. Regional Bikeways Plan Meeting Flyer

North | Thursday, April 23, 6-7pm | Carmel Clay Public Library | 55 4th Ave. SE, Carmel
West | Monday, April 27, 6-7pm | Avon Public Library | 498 IN-267, Avon
Online | Tuesday, April 28, Noon-1pm | www.joinwebinar.com and enter | Webinar ID: 134-300-051 | (You can pre-register using this method also)

Action Item – Provide input on INDOT's 4 year Plan

INDOT’s Draft STIP (INDOT's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) which covers state fiscal years 2016-2019) is available for public review at the regional open houses and for download at www.in.gov/indot/3132.htm. The public may submit comments through:

  1. The web comment form at www.in.gov/indot/3132.htm,
  2. Email addressed to draftstip@indot.in.gov,
  3. Postal mail addressed to Michael McNeil, INDOT STIP Director, 100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 955, Indianapolis, IN 46204, or
  4. Paper comment forms at one of the regional open houses.

INDOT respectfully requests that all comments be submitted or postmarked by Thursday, April 30. INDOT will then collate and respond to comments and questions on the record as part of the final STIP.

Action Item – Volunteer for Bike Counts!

It’s bike count time! Volunteer to count bikes on Tuesday May 5, 5-7 pm & Saturday May 9, 12-2 pm.

Data is essential to planners, city officials and bike and pedestrian professionals in improving the infrastructure and network for those who choose to bike and walk. These counts help build long term support for biking and walking. Without consistent data collection, it is difficult to measure the usage and demand for bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure. Your support is essential in collecting these usage numbers. These manual counts are an important way to track the level of bicycling and walking in our city over time.

This spring the counts will take place on Tuesday May 5th from 5-7pm and Saturday May 9th from Noon to 2pm. All volunteers will receive a discount coupon from Bicycle Garage Indy (BGI).

Email Joan Cook, Health by Design, at jcook@marionhealth.org if you are interested in participating. For more information, you can contact her at 317.250.3475 Please indicate what day you would like to count and if you have participated before. For any new counters, this is fun and easy and you can easily be trained over the phone or by the materials we can send you via email. If you want a particular spot or side of town, let her know and she will do her best to accommodate.

Connie Szabo Schmucker

Advocacy Director

Bicycle Garage Indy / BGI Fitness