Biking & Walking
US Bicycle Route 37 Development
The next submittal to formalize US bicycle routes is in early April. The public survey closed Jan 31. Thank you for your feedback!
Progress continues in formalizing US Bicycle Route 37. When approved, the route connects Indianapolis to Chicago. A proposed route has been identified, all local government agencies approved it and INDOT is reviewing it.
During INDOT’s public comment period, several concerns were raised regarding three sections. One is in Tippecanoe County with the other two in Jasper and White Counties. It is INDOTs desire to develop alternative routings of these three sections. A key component in choosing the new routings is cyclist’s input. This is where we need your help.
The section in question in Tippecanoe County is River Road and the proposed routing is between the intersections of Burnetts Road and State Street. INDOT recognizes that in the future a trail will be construction along River Road, but until it is completed, an alternative is desired.
Using Strava and BikeRide, three alternative routings were developed, and they are shown on Map 1. To determine a preferred route, we are conducting a short survey. It’s comprised of only two questions: 1) As a cyclist, which route would you prefer; and 2) Tell us why you chose this route. Your feedback will be the driving force in deciding which alternative is chosen.
Link to Survey:
Survey has closed with 156 responses. Thank you for your feedback!
The proposed routing of USBR 37 is between CR 600N and SR 16 in Jasper County. The route runs through the towns of Rensselaer and Collegeville. Complaints of high-speed traffic and the number of commercial trucks were mentioned during INDOT’s comment period.
An alternative routing was develop using county roads and they are located east of the original proposed route. Map 2 shows the location of the two.
We are asking cyclists to ride the alternative route and then provide feedback. Specifically, we would like to know how ridable it is, the road surface condition and if it feels safe to ride on. After your ride, please email us at APC@tippecanoe.in.gov and give us your feedback.
The proposed routing of USBR 37 on SR 16 is between US 231 and CR 300E (White County) and it traverses through The Town of Monon. Like the US 231 segment, complaints of high-speed traffic and the number of commercial trucks were mentioned during the INDOT comment period.
Two alternative routes have been developed and they also utilize county roads. Both are located just north of SR 16. Map 3 shows the proposed routing of the two alternatives.
We are asking cyclists to ride original proposal and alternative routes and then provide feedback. Specifically, we would like to know how ridable it is, the road surface condition and if it feels safe to ride on. After your ride, please email us at APC@tippecanoe.in.gov and give us your feedback.
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Bicycling and walking is more than just a recreational activity – it’s becoming a preferred form of transportation. Known as active transportation, bicycling and walking to everyday destinations has many benefits, ranging from improved health to reductions in vehicle congestion to reduced pollution, all of which to create an overall better quality of life.
The communities within the MPO planning area have noticed an increase in the number of people bicycling and walking and are taking steps to provide safe and convenient facilities. The Area Plan Commission, as the federal transportation agency for Greater Lafayette, assists the cities, towns and county in planning for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and also allocates funding for federally funded projects.
Bike Walk Greater Lafayette
Bike Walk Greater Lafayette is working to develop and implement a Safety Education and Awareness Program that will promote safety benefits for all road users – people who bike, people who walk and people who drive or take transit. The Safety Education and Awareness Program includes these major elements:
• Create a 3-Year Action Plan
• Acquire, customize, develop and distribute various forms of safety education materials
• Develop and distribute bicycle and pedestrian route maps
• Develop, support and sponsor training programs and classes
Safe, Fun, Connected
Bike Walk Greater Lafayette Safety Plan
The Safety Plan (pdf) developed by Bike Walk Greater Lafayette advances a culture of safe, shared use of local transportation networks among all people, regardless of their mode of travel. Based on input from knowledgeable individuals and groups, “Comfort Maps” were developed displaying bicycle routes and sidewalks, trails and paths in Lafayette, West Lafayette and in the county. These maps describe the level of comfort for bicyclists and pedestrians of various experiences, age and skill levels.
The Area Plan Commission, Lafayette, West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County have developed various plans and programs.