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2020-2021 Progress and News

total 162 miles:  70 miles open, 92 miles preserved (57%)
central 100 miles:  60 miles open, 75 miles preserved (75%)
 Status Map of Projects Along NRHT

Oct '20 Indy Greenways Opens New 1.7 Miles of Pennsy Trail
Oct '20 Airport Loop Bike Ride Event a Success for Indy West Side
Mar '20 Monthly NRHT, Inc. Bike Rides Planned for 2020

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October 2020
Indy Greenways Opens New 1.7 Miles of Pennsy Trail

The Pennsy Trail gap between Indianapolis and Cumberland is now 1.7 miles shorter.  This Fall, Indy Greenways opened their next section of paved trail from Shortridge Rd to Post Rd east of Irvington.  Notably, this section includes a nice trail tunnel under I-465.   Hikers, dog walkers, cyclists, and other paved trail enthusiasts are enjoying its connectivity to Irvington.  It is also good to see that Googlemaps has already added this new section to their bike trails mapping layer.

This is part of a 3.4-mile extension project, the second half of which will complete the trail connection to Cumberland's Pennsy Trail in 2021.

Pennsy Trail tunnel under I-465

Indy Pennsy Trail east of I-465

Oct 2020
Airport Loop Bike Ride Event a Success for Indy West Side

On October 3, the White Lick Creek & Vandalia Trail Alliance held its 2nd annual fundraising bike ride, this year called the Airport Loop Bike Ride around the Indianapolis International Airport.  110 participants came out for the event, including 90 cyclists on 20, 10, & 5-mile routes and 20 hikers and 12 sponsors supported the event with generous donations and on-site displays.  All enjoyed the nice cool, sunny weather during the tour around the airport's perimeter roads.

It was very good to see such strong support for development of the White Lick Creek Greenway and Vandalia Trail bike/pedestrian facilities in western Indianapolis to connect to Plainfield and west, Avon area and north, and east into Indianapolis. Many thanks to the Indianapolis Airport Authority for offering their roads and generous planning support and sponsorship for the event and for their police force's very effective help escorting and providing traffic security at key intersections for the large group of cyclists spread out around their facility. Also, a big thanks to the Bridgeport Central Baptist Church for making their nice parking lot and facilities available as the ideal staging point for the event.

The other sponsors of the event were:
  Athletico Sports Therapy
  Indy Gateway
  Regal 8 Inn
  SKA Landscape Architects
  Midwest Trike Megastore
  Bright Sheet Metal Company
  Pete Cowden, candidate for State Senate
  Jeff Ashcraft Management Services of Primerica
  Morgan Insurance Group
  Rose Promotions
  Dan Adams, Artisan Realtors

Here are a few photos plus a link to more.

Airport Loop Bike Ride registration & sponsors

Airport Loop Bike Ride ready to launch

Airport Loop Bike Ride cruising on Perimeter Road


March 2020
Monthly NRHT, Inc. Bike Rides Planned for 2020: 

NRHT, Inc. has planned a series of free monthly bike rides to explore the open sections of the cross-state National Road Heritage Trail and to enjoy the local culture of each area. Below are the dates that are set this Spring and summer and the maximum mileages. The out and back routes allow riders to choose shorter distances and still ride with the group. Most rides will include 2 trails connected by low traffic on-road sections.  Individual announcements will be made for each ride giving starting times and locations and more details on the surface types, etc.  For a preview, visit the NRHT maps page.

May 16 - Terre Haute/Vigo County (NRHT, ISU trails, Wabashiki Trail) [22 miles]

June 13 - Hendricks County (Plainfield & Hendricks County Vandalia Trails) [45 miles]

July 25 - Hancock County (Greenfield & Cumberland Pennsy Trails, Buck Creek Trail) [32 miles]

Aug 15 - Henry County (Raysville & Lewisville NRHTs) [19 miles]

Sep 19 - Putnam County (People Pathways, Vandalia Trail, Putnam Nature Trail) [30 miles]

  Henry County Henry County Hendricks County Brazil / Clay County Cambridge City Greenfield /
                          Hancock County Richmond / Wayne
                          County Indy / Marion County Greencastle /
                          Putnam County Terre Haute / Vigo