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Fort Wayne, IN | Bronze Level
Recent bicycling investment: In 2011, The City of Fort Wayne completed construction of the Towpath Trail. This 6 mile trail was pivotal in creating 50 miles of interconnected trails within the 68 mile trail network. The City, with help from a federal grant, also has installed 135 bike racks throughout the downtown area and some of the major corridors in the surrounding area. The City also had Bike Valets at several functions and provided free parking for over 1000 bikes. Finally, Fort Wayne coordinated a Pass With Care campaign with a local hospital, where twelve billboards throughout the city and county with messaging for were displayed for 60 days.
Bicycling highlights: In a 2008 survey to the community, the City was astonished by the response of more than 4000 residents who resoundingly wanted more bike infrastructure. In 2009, Fort Wayne hosted its first bike summit which drew more than 200 people.
Percentage of arterial streets with dedicated bicycle facilities: 13%
Signature cycling events: Fort Wayne is home to several signature cycling events that appeal to a variety of cyclists: Parkview Cycling Festival, Mountain Bike Mayhem, 2011 Indiana Cyclocross Cup, Three Rivers Velo Sport Festival Tour, Trek the Trails (Tuesdays, weekly), and the annual Chilly Challenge (January 1st).
Some coming bicycling improvements: In 2012, the City will construct a 1 mile Safe Routes To School sidewalk project that will connect 11 neighborhoods with 5 schools. Also, the construction of the Phase 1-B of the St. Joseph Pathway extension will be completed, which will connect 10 neighborhoods, 3 commercial districts, 4 educational institutions and 4 recreational areas. The City will extend its bicycle network by 10 miles of on-road bike facilities that will connect neighborhoods with schools, and will design a complete streets ordinance.
Bicycle Friendly Community
Level Awarded: Bronze
BFC Since: 2012
Square Miles: 110.5
Contact: Dennis Donahue
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