New Bike Path Connects Carmel-Zionsville

New path project provides 106th Street connection for bicyclists; Zionsville-to-Carmel now possible

October 2016 - The City of Carmel joined bicycling fans and trail advocates today in celebrating the completion of the 106th Street multi-use path project near the intersection of 106th and Illinois Streets. The path provides, for the first time, a complete trail connection between downtown Zionsville and Central Carmel.

The project included the construction of a bike/pedestrian bridge over Williams Creek and was funded partially by a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant. Combined with INDOT’s U.S. 31 project, which provides full path connection across U.S. 31 at the new roundabout interchange, it will now be possible to travel from the east border of Carmel at White River (106th and Hazel Dell) across the city and into Boone County, connecting with downtown Zionsville.

“We have heard from many residents in the West Clay area and from our friends in Zionsville who have wanted the ability to ride their bikes across U.S. 31 to gain access to the Monon Trail and our City Center and Arts & Design District,” said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard. “The completion of this path project makes that possible and will hopefully spur other communities to think big when it comes to connecting bike trails across the Central Indiana region and beyond.”

Making new connections and improving existing ones is part of Carmel’s overall plan to improve its reputation as a bicycle-friend community. The city is currently recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly City with more than 180 miles of multi-use paths and trails along streets, corridors and greenways and hopes to build upon that in the future.

This year, the City began providing portable, pop-up bike racks at major events, along with free bagged chairs for use at outdoor concerts for those who traveled to these events by bike. The city also continues its efforts to expand local bike-sharing by encouraging businesses to add Zagster bike-sharing locations to improve connectivity for employees and customers who seek alternative modes of transportation.

“More than simply a way to increase recreational activity for residents, the City of Carmel views our reputation as a bike-friendly community as a vital tool in the larger economic development efforts designed to attract a high quality workforce,” said Mayor Brainard. “Unlike generations past, today’s workforce consists of both young and old who carefully choose where they want to live, work, play and raise a family before they actually accept employment. The more choices we can give them in regards to transportation, housing and employment, the more competitive we are for jobs and a good workforce.”

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Carmel designated a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community

June 2010 - On Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 at 3:30 p.m., join Mayor Brainard, Ron Carter and other  city officials and trial dedication participants in celebration to dedicate the new trail located just north of 136th Street off of the Monon Greenway.  Refreshments from Dairy Queen will be provided, on the Monon Greenway just north of 136th Street. Look for the tent and balloons.

Carmel designated a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community

June 2010 -   Carmel has been designated a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists from 2006 through 2012. “We are continually improving facilities for bicycles by making trail connectivity a priority and improving pathways. The 5.2 mile Monon Greenway in Carmel has played a major role in encouraging residents to think about using their bicycles more often as a form of transportation,” said Mayor Brainard.

Bicycling is the most energy-efficient form of travel ever devised and can accommodate almost any level of fitness. It is also good for the environment as it helps reduce air, water and noise pollution. Studies have shown that more than half of all Americans live less than five miles from their place of work, a reasonable distance to bike for people in average physical shape.