With 8 miles of designated bike-pedestrian paths, Indy’s newly completed Cultural Trail is a safe and convenient way to navigate between the five major downtown regions of Mass Ave., Indiana Avenue, Fountain Square, the Canal and White River State Park, and the Wholesale District. An additional spur hooks into the Monon Trail, leading north to the fun and funky Broad Ripple Village.
Unlike so many other urban bike trails, this one isn't tucked out of the way behind buildings or stretched along a lakeshore away from all the hubbub; it was created by removing a lane of traffic from downtown city streets. When you're on it, you're in the thick of things, passing in front of major venues like the Indiana State Museum, City Market, Monument Circle and the Indianapolis Zoo.
About $2 million worth of trailside public art makes for delightful discoveries along the way. On Mass Ave., the "Ann Dancing" LED display depicts a woman hypnotically swaying to her own beat. A faint floral scent hangs in the air down the Chatham Passage alleyway thanks to hidden scenters beneath the pavement, and at night, a latticework pattern materializes under your feet, created by lights hidden beneath a grate cover. Near the American Legion Mall, the Glick Peace Walk features 12 mini luminary gardens celebrating a dozen people who have had a major impact on our lives, including Jonas Salk and Susan B. Anthony. Hotels, restaurants and new businesses regularly pop up on the Cultural Trail, and its already strong appeal should continue to grow.