Trails in Indiana

Connecting the Dots: Building a network of bike and pedestrian trails across Indiana.

Connecting the Dots:   Building a network of bike and pedestrian trails across Indiana.
True to form, the Hoosier Rails to Trails Council, Inc., continues to demonstrate their brand of initiative in promoting people friendly pathways for fun, exercise, and commerce across the Hoosier State.
Now meeting with groups in Bartholomew, Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Delaware, Johnson , Hendricks, Lawrence, Marion, , Martin,  Shelby, Wayne, White, Whitley, and  other counties, HRTC has generated and supported proposals for city, county, and city to city bike routes to benefit the health and economic growth of these communities.
Participating in meetings, and by providing maps and website representation, the Council has undertaken to assist in connecting locales by helping plot out and establish non motorized routes providing a travel advantage for folks in a tough economy.

 The Recreational Bike Map is an example proposed by Ken Lanteigne of the Shelbyville "Our Aspiration" Group, Showing connections between Columbus, Greensburg, and Shelbyville.

“You don’t need money for signs or paving to start out” opines Richard Vonnegut, Vice Chairman of the Council.  “Community members can organize and put together bike and hike paths of their own using existing streets and roadways to begin with.  It doesn’t take a lot of money to make this work.   It only takes people who can organize and motivate people to scout out and advocate for these kinds of trail opportunities for people to be able to take advantage of them,” he added.
As successful advocates who collected thousands of signatures during the early years when the Monon Trail was being knitted together, Hoosier Rails to Trails Council was able to put the old Monon corridor right of way into the limelight, pushing the use of the corridor as a trail into a reality.
Tom Healy, owner of Apple Press in Broad Ripple Village on Indianapolis’ northside had this to say.  “The (Hoosier Rails to Trails Council), organization emerged out of a broad based grassroots initiative to convince the City of Indianapolis to acquire the former Monon Raiload right-of-way and turn it into a linear park.  The effort required coalition-building with diverse constituencies, widespread public outreach and a vision of a healthier, more active populace.”  
Continuing in this tradition, HRTC  has a vision for promoting smaller towns in Indiana, building access to them thereby fostering growth and cooperation through the common means of enhancing connectivity.