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WELCOME TO INDIANA TRAILS!

Now Discussing: Rails-with-Trails

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Cross-section diagram depicting one type of rail-with-trail design.

Central Indiana proposal: "Nickel Plate Corridor: A Vision for Our Future"

General information: Rails-with-Trails

CBS4 Marketplace Interview

Nickel Plate Promotional Video

We hope you like our new website!

 

Click Here to learn more about the web changes we are making and how to access previous information not yet available on our new site.

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INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION RELEASES DRAFT REGIONAL PEDESTRIAN PLAN

The Indianapolis MPO released a draft version of their Regional Pedestrian Plan.  The plan focuses on increasing mobility for residents of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area as well as providing safe places for pedestrian interactions with vehicular traffic.  The Indianapolis MPO is seeking input from the public before finalizing the plan. You can download and comment on the Regional Pedestrian Plan by clicking here.

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PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES WILL HOLD THEIR BIENNIAL CONFERENCE IN INDIANA

The largest, most progressive, and comprehensive active transportation conference in North America, will take place at the convention center in Indianapolis on August 4-7, 2020.  We are excited to see over 1,200 planners, designers, advocates, and public health professionals from the United States and abroad attend the Walk/Bike/Places 2020 conference in beautiful downtown Indianapolis.  With conference tracks focusing on Infrastructure, Planning, Advocacy, Excellence, Health, Transit, and Place, we believe there is something for everyone who wants to see a trail built in their community! Click here for more information.

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GREAT AMERICAN RAIL TRAIL IN NORTHERN INDIANA

The Indy Star has a great article about the Great American Rail Trail that will cross Northern Indiana.  Indiana was one of the first states selected to be a part of the Great American Rail Trail and stakeholders were able to work with selecting a route that is beneficial to the communities it passes through and showcases the natural beauty of Northern Indiana.  While much more work needs to be done, a lot of pieces are in place, and Indiana Trails highly recommends you read the article and visit this national trail!

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90 MILE TRAIL BEING PLANNED ALONG THE WABASH RIVER

A new trail is being planned along the Wabash River, running from Covington to Logansport.  The not-for-profit Wabash River Enhancement Corporation received a $35,000 grant from the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network in order to study the feasibility of building a trail that would connect communities once connected via the Wabash and Erie Canal.  You can read more about this exciting development here.

IU HEALTH BEDFORD USES DAY OF SERVICE TO BEAUTIFY THE MILWAUKEE ROAD TRANSPORTATION TRAIL

On September 13th, 2019, members of Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital took to the Milwaukee Road Transportation Trail to clean up, help maintain, and remove encroaching plants.  The hope is that everyone, from individuals to families will utilize this wonderful community asset as a resource that will be used to improve health and wellness. Members of IU Health Bloomington Hospital recognize the inherent beauty in the Milwaukee Road Transportation Trail and hope it brings more people to Southern Indiana to experience the health benefits and beauty that nature has to offer.

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AVON INCLUDES TRAILS IN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

Avon Magazine wrote an article about how the city is forward looking in its infrastructure development.  Looking holistically at how to ensure residents can access all points of the city, trails has been an important part of the planning, implementation, and redevelopment of existing infrastructure.  Read this article to see how Avon is thinking about all the different ways people need increased access to transportation.

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STEVE OF PTSD-WALK MET WITH INDIANA TRAILS ON HIS WALKING TOUR TO PROMOTE PTSD AWARENESS

Stephen Myers, San Diego, is walking 6000 miles across the United States of America to promote awareness of PTSD and the long term effects of failure to treat this debilitating disease.  While in the Indianapolis area, he met with Indiana Trails. We talked about the National Road Heritage Trail, as well as the dedication to take on long-distance trips such as this trip while walking or bicycling.  Indiana Trails support’s Steve’s efforts to increase awareness of PTSD and his novel way of raising awareness. Steve believes he will need many pairs of shoes before reaching the 6000 mile mark! Please visit https://ptsd-walk.com/ to follow along or assist Steve in his awareness campaign.

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INDIANA TRAILS CHAIRMAN LETTER TO EDITOR PUBLISHED IN IBJ

Chairman of the Board for Indiana Trails, Tom Williams, recently wrote a letter to the editor that was published by the Indianapolis Business Journal.  In the letter, he shares his concerns with making the corridor a trail only corridor, and how a rail with trail solution would be not only be the fiscally responsible solution, but would allow popular tourist attractions, such as the State Fair Train, to serve Hamilton County residents.  You can read the letter here.

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PANHANDLE PATHWAY IN OUTDOOR INDIANA

The September / October 2019 issue of Outdoor Indiana carries a story on Indiana Trails’ involvement in developing the Panhandle Pathway, a rail trail in Pulaski and Cass Counties.  The article describes the process of converting the railroad into a trail, with input from Indiana Trails President, Richard Vonnegut. To read, pick up the most recent issue of Outdoor Indiana at your local park, or subscribe to Outdoor Indiana at the DNR website.

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INDIANA TRAILS PRESIDENT MENTIONED IN BICYCLE INDIANA ARTICLE

The 2019 Resource Guide published by Bicycle Indiana, has an article, “Nine Days Out” that mentions how the author, Mark A. Yeaton, bicycles USBR #35 from Louisville to Michigan.  Prior to his ride, he reaches out to Indiana Trails President, Richard Vonnegut, to discover more about USBR #35, and even meets with Mr. Vonnegut when he passes through Indianapolis. The article is a wonderful description of his adventures as he rides USBR #35 through Indiana.

GOVERNOR HOLCOMB NAMES FIRST NEXT LEVEL TRAILS RECIPIENTS

On May 2nd, Governor Holcomb named the recipients of the first round of Next Level Trails grant recipients.  You can view the speech to the left, or click here to read more.

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INDIANA TRAILS HAS A NEW WEBSITE

Welcome to our new website.  It is quite a milestone for us.  We hope you like the new look!  Over the next few months, we will be transitioning information to the new format, including updated trail, route, and map information.  If you can't find the information you are looking for, you can visit the old site by clicking here.

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