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Subject: [*CCM*] Indianapolis
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 14:23:06 -0600
From: Robert J. Matter <rjmatter@...
Reply-To: Chicago Critical Mass <CHI-CRIT-MASS@...
Organization: Chicagoland Folding Bike Society
Saturday Karl Szwet and I went to Indianapolis for a meeting of Indiana
trail groups. The meeting was at the Indianapolis Art Center which is a
newly constructed facility just off the Monon Trail. We rode a little
bit of the Monon before the meeting. Afterwards we rode the Monon to its
southern terminus at 10th Street, then took a spin around the circle
downtown and returned to our starting point via the Central Canal
Towpath, about a 20 mile loop.
It is amazing how adjacent landowners in Indianapolis have come to
embrace trails. Proximity to trails is seen as a major benefit by
developers and several new condos and townhomes have been built facing
the trails. Some even have their front sidewalks leading right up to the
trails. Where older single family homes were constructed with the rear
of the house facing the former rail line, several residents have
constructed stairways and ramps to access the trail from their
backyards. The Broad Ripple neighborhood near the intersection of the
Monon and Central Canal Towpath is flourishing with shops and restaurants.
Here are some snapshots:
Some of us should go down to Indianapolis and ride with Indy Critical
some time. We could take folding
bikes and go via Greyhound or Amtrak (I don't know Amtrak's full-sized
bike policy on that route). We could also ride down, perhaps splitting
the trip in half by camping at the new Prophetstown State Park in Battle
Ground, Indiana. Will Montgomery could lead a double century straight
Chicagoland Folding Bike Society
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