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Provide Input to Indy Connect

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

As you’ve likely heard, Indy Connect, Central Indiana’s Transportation Initiative, recently launched.  Because this process will shape the planning and implementation of our formal long range plan, it is critical that the voices of all citizens are heard!  Our input is vital to ensure that this continued investment in our transportation network includes legitimate options for all users - pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation users, as well as motorists - regardless of age or ability.  Having comprehensive transportation options in our communities provides citizens the opportunity to walk, bike, and/or use transit for getting around, thus increasing physical activity, reducing pollutants, improving access to services, and enhancing a sense of community among neighbors. 

The Health by Design coalition wants to ensure that all Central Indiana citizens know about this public input process and that everyone who wants to participate is able to do so!  There are several ways that people can provide feedback, based on what works best for them:

  • Visit Indy Connect online (www.indyconnect.org) to submit comments
  • Use the bilingual phone line (317-327-8601)
  • Attend one of the remaining public meetings (www.indyconnect.org/events.htm)
  • Submit hand-written comments (address available online)
  • Contact Indy Connect to request a presentation/meeting with a group

We have developed talking points for your use, if helpful, and there are additional materials on the Projects page.  Thanks for getting engaged and spreading the word!

Complete Streets for the Crossroads of America

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

The Indiana Complete Streets Campaign launched successfully last month, and statewide legislation (HB 1182) was introduced in the General Assembly.  The original language has been amended significantly, but there is still much to be gained by passing this bill!  We’re now awaiting a Senate hearing, and need your support to keep things moving forward.  Visit the Campaign website to learn more, join the campaign, and to take advocacy actions.  Together we will ensure that Indiana’s transportation network is designed and operated to enable safe access for all users - pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities – in moving along and across roadways.

  bus-and-biker   A Complete Street in Bloomington, IN

Complete Streets in Bloomington, IN

Looking for something to do?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

An exhibit, featuring the work of Ball State students, faculty, and alumni from the College of Architecture and Planning is on display through mid-August at the at the Ball State Indianapolis Center (50 S. Meridian St.).  The works highlights the economic development potential of proposed station areas along the planned light rail on the Nickel Plate Rail Line owned by the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority, from Noblesville to Union Station in downtown Indianapolis.  Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

On Friday, August 7th from 7 - 11 PM, Indy Cog, People for Urban Progress, Harnish Design, and Cardinal Cycles will be hosting an event at the Murphy Arts Building in Fountain Square to promote a bike messenger bag that is made from re-purposed material from the roof of the RCA/Hoosier Dome.  There will be food, music, and entertainment; and it will be a great chance to connect with cyclists and the citizens of Indianapolis.

Speaking of transit…

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Won’t it be wonderful when Indianapolis is featured in an article like this? 

Buses and Beyond: 10 Cities with Great Transit - From new light rails to buses with shuttles to the suburbs, these are the best U.S. public transit systems you never knew existed.  

Cleveland, OH; St. Louis, MO; and Grand Rapids, MI are featured.  What is it going to take for us to get on board?

Dump the Pump

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Health by Design is joining IndyGo, WIBC, and other community partners in promotion of the 4th annual Dump the Pump day, this Thursday, 6/18, throughout the nation.

Join us for a pre-celebration event from 11-2 on Wednesday (June 17) at Monument Circle!  Get bus riding tips, free prizes, entertainment and more while learning about the many benefits of riding the bus and using other modes of transit.

Led by the American Public Transportation Association, Dump the Pump Day is designed to encourage people to get out of their cars and ride public transportation to raise awareness of the financial benefits of transit.  Public transportation has the ability to save people money, conserve gasoline, and reduce the harmful greenhouse gases emitted into our environment - not to mention that riders tend to get physical activity as part of their trip!

How will you Dump the Pump this week?