Changing the Conversation About Greenways in Indianapolis
The Indy Greenways Full Circle Plan is a bold new vision for trails.
Presenters: Ron Taylor, Principal, Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group; Scott Siefker, Principal, Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group; Andre Denman, Senior Planner and Greenways Manager, Indianapolis Department of Public Works/Indy Parks
The Indy Greenways Full Circle Plan is a bold new vision for trails that has changed the conversation about greenways in Indianapolis. A comprehensive public engagement strategy was used to generate excitement and establish demand. An economic impact assessment provided a startling expected return on investment that would be generated from development of the system. Design standards were developed to enable partnerships, and now the city is re-examining how programming on the greenways broadens engagement and potential investment in the system.
On average, the majority of survey respondents disapprove of e-bikes being allowed on the trail. This remains true across the board for each of the major user groups; however, mountain bike rider respondents are less likely to disapprove of allowing e-bikes on non-motorized trails and equestrian respondents are more likely to disapprove.
On October 22, 2020 U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced 30 new national recreation trails in 25 states, adding more than 1,275 miles to the National Trails System.
With this document, the Dakota County Greenway Collaborative takes the approach used in roadbuilding and applies it to creating a countywide network of greenways.
Times of crisis challenge social sector leaders in extraordinary ways. The unprecedented circumstances brought forth by COVID-19 and recent acts of police brutality call on each of us to individually reflect, collectively support, and intentionally adapt our work to meet the urgent needs of this moment.