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Outta the car! hop on a bike

Indianapolis is encouraging students and other Indy residents to abandon four wheels in favor of two.

The city has been recognized as a “Bicycle-Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists, so it makes sense to keep adding new bike trails and improve existing ones. More than 200 miles of bike trails will be added to the city in the next dozen years or so, and new and improved bike trails already have popped up around town.

What that means for students at UIndy is a fun and healthy way to get around town. It’s made it even easier to visit funky Fountain Square near campus as well as downtown attractions on the Cultural Trail. And all that’s just for starters. Don’t forget all the things that downtown Indianapolis has to offer. Just five or six miles from campus, you’ll find Circle Centre Mall, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Indianapolis Zoo, and Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the February 2012 Super Bowl.

Bike trails are a great way to reach destinations all over the city, in fact —Broad Ripple Village, “Mass Ave” (aka Massachusetts Avenue, an artsy, restaurant-rich area) the Wholesale District, the Canal, and much more. And the City Market, which has stood since 1886, has just added the Indy Bike Hub YMCA, which includes a full-service bike shop.

Square wheels

But probably the quickest connection for students is to Fountain Square, just a ten-minute ride from campus via the new bike trail. Nestled southeast of downtown, Fountain Square offers interesting shops, affordable specialty restaurants, an exciting arts scene, and live music venues. Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company donates all profits to nonprofit organizations serving the community and serves fair trade and organic coffee.

Unusual stores in the area sell comics, musical instruments, home décor, fresh flowers, and even bicycles, among many other things. Fountain Square features free admission to art galleries and studios the first Friday of every month—a great way to see some local art or neighborhood artisans in action. Nights at Fountain Square include dancing, duckpin bowling, theatre, and lots more. And you never know what treasures you’ll find in the Square’s unique vintage stores and antique shops.

Get green

The bike trails in and around the city will improve your fitness and promote a healthy lifestyle, and it’s much friendlier to the environment. So the next time you think about heading downtown or to Fountain Square, skip the car.

Bikeless? Consider a self-guided walking tour of downtown Indy, highlighting buildings of architectural and cultural significance. Visit www.walkindianapolis.com.