The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, a pedestrian-and-bike path linking Downtown cultural districts, will take a big leap forward today with the announcement of a $15 million donation allowing construction to begin next year.

PPS looked at cities and trails around the world and helped the project team work through design, engineering and programmatic issues, encouraging the city to build an on-street bicycle network to compliment the trail, and think of the entire street as a public space. Andy Wiley-Schwartz, Vice President of PPS, said of the trail, “There’s nothing really exactly like it.” The closest thing in the United States is in Boulder, Colo., where a bike-and-walk trail system was developed in the downtown area, he said.

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