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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 ( to submit comments
  • Use the bilingual phone line (317-327-8601)
  • Attend one of the remaining public meetings (
  • 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

How Walkable is your Neighborhood?

Friday, July 17th, 2009

In the Spring of 2008, a class of IUPUI SPEA Capstone students developed a toolkit for assessing neighborhood walkability.  The project underwent review and some revision in the Health by Design Evaluation Committee and was piloted among coalition members in the Spring of 2009.  We invite you to use this tool to evaluate your own neighborhood and to help promote walkability!  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with questions or for more information.