Greenways, Bikeways & Waterways

  • Strategy

    Develop a pedestrian plan.

    Actions:


    Develop and adopt pedestrian plan for county that supports barrier-free and accessible (ADA) environments, furthers complete streets and informs future infrastructure and transportation planning and implementation. More details

    Health by Design

    100%

    Start Date:

    August 1, 2015

    Completion Date:

    April 30, 2016

    Status update:

    May 4, 2016: The Marion County Pedestrian Plan was completed and adopted by the Metropolitan Development Commission on May 4, 2016 as transportation element of the Comprehensive Plan for Indianapolis and Marion County.

  • Review gap analysis of existing Greenways plan conducted by Plan 2020 fellow. More details

    Health by Design

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    June 30, 2018

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: The Indy Moves Transportation Integration Plan was adopted on November 7, 2018 and included a gap analysis in its process. As a result a network of non-greenway separated multi-modal paths and lighter-traffic shared-street neighborways were added to connect and complement the greenways system.

  • Strategy

    Make Indianapolis waterways a community asset that provide cultural, economic, and educational opportunities focused at key destinations

    Actions:


    Create a local artist database for each ROW focus waterway area. More details

    Reconnecting to Our Waterways

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2016

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: This was completed in 2016, but it's not been maintained as this was not a part of our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan

  • Increase and improve the pedestrian and bike network by 600 blocks within 3 miles of ROW focus waterways. More details

    Reconnecting to Our Waterways

    35%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: There has been 211 new blocks of pedestrian and bike network in ROW focus area since 2015 (baseline year)

  • Promote 55 acres of waterway corridor restoration on public and private lands in ROW focus areas. More details

    Reconnecting to Our Waterways

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: 76.04 acres of waterway corridor restoration in ROW areas

  • Promote water quality through pollution prevention via creation and implementation of toolkits and information dashboards for key stakeholders. More details

    Reconnecting to Our Waterways

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: Multiple toolkits have been development and shared with ROW partners, include "All thing Water: Home Owner Guide" and Invasive removal toolkit

  • Increase residential, commercial, and real property tax base by 10% within 1/2-mile of ROW focus waterways. More details

    Reconnecting to Our Waterways

    43%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: Average residential (14.2%) and commercial (-5.6%) AV % change in 2019 was 4.3% from 2015

  • Assess, remediate, and/or redevelop 70,000 square feet of industrial/brownfield land within 1/2-mile of ROW focus waterways. More details

    Reconnecting to Our Waterways

    80%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: Assisted with 55,914 square feet of industrial/brownfield redevelopment

  • Install educational signage at all large and medium scale cultural destinations within 1/2-mile of a ROW waterway to promote stewardship, the value, importance and/or history of the waterway. More details

    Reconnecting to Our Waterways

    90%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: 17 new signs to be installed summer 2020

  • Incorporate and maintain Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) features at ROW destination location and along the waterways. More details

    Reconnecting to Our Waterways

    85%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Create a system-wide, 5-yr master plan to coordinate all efforts on all waterways. More details

    Reconnecting to Our Waterways

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: Created a 3-yr strat plan and currently updating the plan another 2- years

  • Strategy

    Support and expand existing multimodal transportation efforts through partnerships and coordinated marketing.

    Actions:


    Convene and lead a taskforce to bring more resources to bear on the expansion of the greenways and bikeways system and other bicycle infrastructure projects. More details

    Central Indiana Community Foundation

    60%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    June 27, 2017: CICF has convened the taskforce, Connected Indy, which has begun meeting regularly. The taskforce is currently exploring a big vision and plan for the next phase of bicycle and pedestrian connectivity in Marion County, which includes a $100 million investment strategy. Additionally, with an emphasis on transportation integration, a new personal mobility plan that involves the development of an app will allow users to connect all transportation modes to get to their destination.

  • Strategy

    Prioritize investments in projects based on identified overlaps in the multi-modal plans informed by villages and community nodes, anchor institutions, and cultural destinations.

    Actions:


    Advocate and fundraise to move the Greenways Master Plan forward, in partnership with the City of Indianapolis. More details

    Indianapolis Parks Foundation

    25%

    Start Date:

    June 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    January 27, 2017: Partner of ConnectedIndy, working to advance the City's greenway plan. The group holds monthly meetings to determine priority greenways and how to fund needed projects.

  • Strategy

    Develop sustainable funding model for multimodal transportation infrastructure, operation and maintenance.

    Actions:


    Establish a work committee to identify public and private funding tools that advance and support the establishment of and connectivity to transit, trail and greenway corridors. More details

    Indianapolis Parks Foundation

    25%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Project:

    Habitat Restoration/Invasive Species Removal

    http://www.kibi.org/

    A leader in community-based invasive plant removal and restorative native plantings, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful oversees large-scale habitat restoration efforts along Indianapolis waterways, including Pleasant Run, Fall Creek, and Little Eagle Creek. Habitat restoration projects involve removing invasive plant species such as honeysuckle and grapevine, then later replanting with native trees and plants.

    With the overall goal of improving the quality of life for the Indianapolis communities surrounding these waterways, KIB’s habitat restoration work aims to positively impact both the environment, by improving water quality and reestablishing life-sustaining landscape for urban wildlife, as well as Indianapolis residents, by increasing access to the waterways and engaging multiple generations of Indianapolis residents in community-based environmental stewardship and education regarding the importance of waterways and native planting. In 2015, KIB led several invasive removal projects along Indianapolis waterways, covering approximately ten acres.