Carmel Access Bikeways

County: 
Hamilton
Map Trails: 

Carmel access bikeways (CAB) are loops and express routes optimized for bikers making the extensive trail system that already covers the entire community easier for alternative transportation and for planning physical activities. David Littlejohn, Alternative Transportation Coordinator for the City of Carmel explains the concept behind the organization of multi-use paths and sidewalks in the city.

 

After a century of dominance by motorized vehicles city and state planning staffs are finally beginning to accept the concept that all people---young, old, and disabled; walkers, bicyclists, skaters and skate boarders have an equal credible right to safe use of the transportation plan of a city. To the consistently top-ranked bicycle friendly cities like Chicago, Portland, Minneapolis, and Seattle, and the top walkable cities like New York, Boston, San Francisco and Philadelphia the expectation of equality has been around so long that it is in-grained into the culture and minds of the citizenry as a normal way of life. That it is a quality of life concept that can be lived with.
Cities and towns across the United States are rushing to catch up, embrace and integrate alternative transportation systems into their comprehensive plans to attract the next generation of taxpayers, and keep the baby boomers in their retirement contented. Desirable cities such as Carmel, IN have recognized the importance of the impact of the walkers and bicyclists by hiring alternative transportation coordinators to be at the table in city planning. While every city and town needs a voice for non-motorized travelers and users, very few government entities have acquiesced to hiring a full-time planner/advocate. David Littlejohn in Carmel, IN and Vince Caristo in Bloomington, IN are two coordinators in the state. Their jobs include planning, advocacy, education and implementation of pedestrian and bicycle plans and resources.
One of the most important responsibilities of the bike/pedestrian coordinator is public education. Education to avoid user conflict; education to enable safe movement without injury; and education about the health, social, recreational and economic benefits of these alternative transportation methods are all necessary components of participation. While so many of us grew up riding a bicycle there are several generations of inexperienced users, coupled with the enormous increase in vehicular traffic driven by even more drivers that are vague at best about how to drive in the presence of bicyclists and pedestrians. David Littlejohn and the City of Carmel have produced an educational video explaining how to bike, be a pedestrian and driver to avoid user conflict including injury and death.
The City of Carmel has underscored the importance of pedestrian/bicycle/vehicular safety by passing the first in the state bicycle ordinance that articulates and regulates users and non-users to eliminate conflicts. After 13 readings, Ordinance D-2137-13 as Amended was adopted by a vote of 7-0 by the Carmel City Council on November 4, 2013.
Planning safe, visually appealing routes for recreation and alternative transportation is another way Carmel is moving in an aggressive positive direction to raise the quality of life to one of the highest standards in the state. The city’s innovative CAB System (Carmel Access Bikeway System) includes five unique loop paths and eleven express routes. Littlejohn is leading the way to add more loops and connectivity beyond Carmel’s city limits. A paid coordinator, a supportive city government and an enthusiastic public will ensure that Carmel is one of the state leaders in an unsurpassed quality of life in Indiana.

 

146th Street Trail

County: 
Hamilton
City: 
Carmel

Descriptions: 
The 146th Street Trail is mostly a flat, linear trail passing through Carmel, Noblesville, and Fishers, towns just north of Indianapolis. The trail is well – maintained asphalt and perfect for all uses including wheelchairs. This path runs primarily just on the south side of 146th Street commencing in Carmel, until it reaches eastern Fishers where it jogs a little southward. In Carmel, just west of Springmill Road, the east endpoint of the trail, this path passes through many nice neighborhoods and additions where street parking is available. The trail also passes through many fashionable shopping areas such as the very popular Clay Terrace, a large, open shopping mall with a variety of retail establishments and restaurants. There is plenty more parking in these shopping areas as well as restrooms. Carmel is just north of Indianapolis, and has been a rapidly growing and beautiful town in its own right. The trail continues eastward, and intersects with the popular Carmel Monon.
 
The 146th Trail is lined with trees, bushes, and, in somes places, picket fences. The trail runs by churches, schools and gas stations, where there is additional parking and restrooms. Another offering along the trail in Carmel is a large movie theatre. The neighborhoods and additions through which the trail passes offer many neighborhood sidewalks for continued hiking experiences. Passing through the south side of Noblesville are additional shopping, nice neighborhoods and amenities such as restrooms and sidewalks. Noblesville is the county seat of Hamilton County and has a very beautiful courthouse downtown with shops and restaurants surrounding the square.
 
Heading further east through Fishers, a quickly growing and popular community just northeast of Indianapolis, one passes by a golf course and other open areas including rural areas. The 146th Street Trail passes near to Conner Prairie interactive history park museum that also offers many special events including the very popular Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra summer series of concerts. The 146th Street Trail breaks up just west of State Route I37 at a gas station with food, restrooms and parking. After the gas station, however, it picks up continuing slightly southeastwardly as it traverses another popular open shopping mall, Hamilton Town Center. The trail then has its ending terminus on 138th St, just east of I69. Parking, restrooms, restaurants, as well as many fashionable shops can be found at the Hamilton Town Center.
 
The 146th Street Trail is a long trail, approximately 12 miles, passing through a widely diverse and beautiful area, is well – recommended for all uses with its flat and linear nature.

 

INFO
Type of Trail: 
Road trail
Total Length of all segments: 
approx. 12.00
Surface: 
asphalt
Uses allowed: 
biking, walking, hiking
Wheelchairs allowed: 
wheelchair
West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
Spring Mill Road
East endpoint (#1) – Specific: 
138th street
Lat. of Major TrailHead: 
39.986854 39N 59' 12.67"
Long. Of Major TrailHead: 
-85.918236 85W 55' 5.65"
Manager: 
Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Department
Telephone: 
(317) 848-7275

Carmel Trail System

County: 
Hamilton
Map Trails: 

 

 

 Bicycle Friendly City - Bronze Level Award.

Carmel is recognized as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly City by the League of American Bicyclists. In addition to the Monon Greenway, many of Carmel’s streets offer bike paths and the City has worked hard to incorporate trails and paths in many of the new developments.

20 trails are nestled in the intricacy of multi-use paths and sidewalks 

For more info: City of Carmel

 

Flowing Well Park Trail

County: 
Hamilton
City: 
Carmel

Descriptions: 
     Flowing Well Park Trail begins at a well, as the name implies, where people come from many miles to fill their water jugs and other containers with clear water. Free water, in fact, however donations are accepted. One of the best – kept secrets of a shady, peaceful area in Carmel, a beautiful city in its own right located just north of Indianapolis. The well is an artesian one, where water rises to the surface on its own pressure, instead of having to be mechanically pumped or drawn. The well was discovered in the 1800’s when Hamilton County led many farmers to drill for natural gas and they found instead water instead. The well releases about 15 gallons of water a minute.
The Flowing Well Park has 1 ½ miles of walking trails, paved and handicapped accessible at the beginning and then turns into dirt/grass paths, all that are well-maintained. There are many hostas planted at the park to enjoy, plus many native wildflowers such as may apples and wetland growth such as water lilies and cattails. Natural wildlife such as squirrels and water – life such as a variety of fish prevail at this beautiful site. Park benches as well as overlooks with park benches allow one to enjoy the diversity of this park. Fishing is also allowed in the small ponds of the Flowing Well Park. Boardwalk bridges cross Cool Creek along woodsy paths. One can also enjoy the park’s open areas for rest or play.
The park offers plenty of parking, sheltered and non – sheltered picnic areas with grills, and trash receptacles and pet-care bags to make this park user – friendly. Located in south – central Carmel, there are many delights of the Flowing Well Park trails to be enjoyed by the whole family.

 

INFO
Type of Trail: 
Park
Mileage: 
1/2 mile
Surface: 
asphalt
Uses allowed: 
walking, biking
Wheelchairs allowed: 
yes
Agency, Group Owned: 
Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation

Monon Trail - Carmel

County: 
Hamilton
City: 
Carmel

Descriptions: 
The city of Carmel, Indiana lies a short distance north of Indianapolis, but the Monon Trail continues on through it for some five miles, roughly paralleling U. S. 31 (Meridian Street) from 96th to 146th Street in Carmel.
Along the trail are any number of activities and parks. Carmel also hosts events such as free summer concerts, Carmelfest over the July 4th holidays, and in September there’s the Carmel International Arts Festival.
Parks close to the Monon Greenway and with direct access to the trail include Lenape Trace on the south side of Carmel. This is a 5-acre green space and shelter house. Further north, on both sides of the Monon are Central Park and the Monon Center. These areas combine for a 161-acre complex of indoor and outdoor activities. There is a water park and pool, fitness facility, skate park, as well as wetlands, woodlands, fishing pier and some four miles of trails in the park.
Moving north again on the map, Civic Square is on the west side of the trail, and hosts a weekly Saturday farmers market in season. There is an arts and design district in Carmel as well, with Children’s and Repertoire theaters, symphony, children’s art gallery, and a miniatures museum. The Old Monon Depot is home to Carmel’s historical society.
In addition, this area offers Ferrin’s Fruit Winery and tasting bar, and a little further afield is Conner Prairie Living History Park to the east.
Out of breath yet? The Monon doesn’t end here!

 


 

INFO
Type of Trail: 
Rail-Trail
Mileage: 
5.20
Surface: 
asphalt
Uses allowed: 
biking, walking, rollerblading, dogs on leash.
Wheelchairs allowed: 
yes
Which uses NOT allowed: 
excessive speed (~20 miles)
Attractive Features: 
Civic Square, Monon Center at Central Park.
North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : 
E, 146th Street
South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
E. 96th Street
Direction to #2 from #1: 
South
Agency, Group Owned: 
Carmel Clay Parks & Rec.
Manager: 
Mark Westermeier
Address: 
1411 E. 116th Street – Carmel, IN 46032
Telephone: 
317-571-2475

River Trail, River Park – Carmel

County: 
Hamilton
City: 
Carmel

Descriptions: 
The White River Greenway in Carmel connects city parks and city streets in eastern Carmel.
 
The south trailhead sits at the south end of the long parking lot which lie son the east side of River Road and is a part of River Road Park. This park is across from Plum Creek Golf Course. The White River is parallel and can be seen from the trail. Hiking northward, the trail passes through some woodsy areas where one can see wildlife like herons, woodpeckers, and wildflowers. The trail runs briefly between Prairie View Country Club and a nice subdivision, with some beautiful large homes.
The White River Greenway Trail continues adjacent to scenic White River with many beautiful views.  It then ends at River Road and Tall Timber Run.
 
The White River Greenway in Carmel is serene with only a light amount of traffic, despite being surrounded by a bustling Carmel. The trail is all asphalt, thus suitable for many uses.
 
Off the trail, Carmel is known for hosting events such as free summer concerts, Carmelfest over the July Fourth Holidays, and in September the Carmel International Arts Festival. The Civic Square hosts weekly Saturday Farmer’s market in season. In Carmel can also be found an arts and design district with children’s repertory theatres, symphony, children’s art gallery, miniatures museum, and historical society. And, just east of Carmel, in Noblesville, can be found Conner Prairie Living History Park.
INFO
Type of Trail: 
River Bank Trail
Mileage: 
2.2
Surface: 
Asphalt
Uses allowed: 
Hiking, biking, walking, running, rollerblading
Which uses NOT allowed: 
motorized vechiles
Attractive Features: 
Follows White River through wooded area, lotsof wildlife; herons, woodpeckers, wildflowers, light amount of traffic on trail, surrounding by bustling Carmel area but still serene
North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : 
Tall Timbers Lane at 131st Street
South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
River Road Park near 122nd Street
Direction to #2 from #1: 
South
Notable Trailhead: 
River Road Park
Near to US highways: 
I-69 Exit 5; West on 116 St to Hazel Dell Parkway, Turn North onto Hazel Dell Parkway to East 131 St, Turn East onto East 131st St, Turn North onto Tall Timbers Lane
Major Trailhead: 
River-Trail
Agency, Group Owned: 
City of Carmel
Manager: 
Terry Myers; Parks Operations and Planning Division Manager
Mailing Address: 
1427 E 116th Street Carmel, IN 46032
Telephone: 
(317) 571-4144
E-mail: 
tmyers@carmelclayparks.com