Mayor Greg Ballard accepted a national award for Bicycle Leadership as the City celebrated the opening of its newest bicycle trail. Award marks second national recognition for Indy in the last month.
Indy is quickly gaining national attention for its growing bicycle culture and amenities.
- Mayor Ballard today was given the 2013 Bicycle Friendly America Leadership Award from the League of American Bicyclists
- Indy was named the 4th best city in the world to see from a bicycle seat and #1 in the US
- Mayor Ballard was a featured speaker at the National Bike Summit in Washington this year
Indy is on pace to have 200 miles of bike lanes and trails by 2015. Today, Mayor Ballard celebrated the new 2.1-mile extension of the White River Greenway that connects White River State Park and Raymond Street on the City’s south side
Indy will have 82-miles of bike lanes by the end of the year—compared to one mile of bike lanes when Mayor Ballard took office
Adding bike lanes and trails is just part of Indy’s action plan to connect people to places around the City. Other steps include the following:
- Adding another 100 bike racks for parking
- Working to launch a new bike share program downtown along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail
- Created the Indy Bike Hub in the east wing of the City Market with lockers, service and workout facilities for bicycle commuters
Indy is also gaining national acclaim for its parking meter modernization program. Last month, Mayor Ballard was named “Innovator of the Year” by the National Parking Association.
- Indy was recognized for partnering with ParkIndy to replace the city’s antiquated parking meter system and improve customer convenience.
- Under the new system, net revenue to the City has increased from $340,000 in 2010 (last year under City management) to $2.5 million in 2012.
- In 2010, drivers had no choice but to dig for change to pay Indy’s parking meters. Now, 72% pay for parking with credit/debit cards and 10% use Park Mobile smart phone app.
- 73% of Central Indiana residents indicate Downtown parking is affordable compared to 42% nationally.
- 40% of Central Indiana residents indicate it is easy to find parking Downtown compared to 28% nationally (Indianapolis Downtown Inc