$210 Million Central Indiana Bike Plan Approved

Eight Central Indiana counties would get an interconnected network of more than 700 miles of trails.

Bikes covered in snow

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Bicyclists may soon have a new network of trails on which to ride.

The Indianapolis Regional Transportation Council has given the green light to the Central Indiana Regional Bikeways Plan.

The $210 million project will create an interlocking system of bicycle pathways throughout Central Indiana. Metropolitan Planning Organization Senior Planner Jeremy Moore says now that the overall plan has been approved, the MPO can work with localities to develop their facilities that are part of the plan.

Moore says that includes bike lanes, sidewalks, pedestrian bridges and other amenities. The entire project encompasses 704 miles throughout Marion, Hamilton, Hendricks, Boone, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby and Hancock counties. Moore says upwards of 70 percent of the $210 million is coming from local taxes and the remainder from federal backing.

He says federal dollars from the federal transportation bill will also help fund the project. The IRTC is a group of elected officials from the localities in the planning area. Moore says the bikeways plan is part of the MPO‘s long range transportation plan through 2035. The plan has three phases. Phase one runs through 2015.

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