A group designed to provide recommendations to legislators and Governor Eric Holcomb about connectivity among the bike trails in the state says in a midterm report it is "on target" with objectives. The Indiana Bicycle Trails Task Force will next meet in a month as it moves toward a final report that is due to state leadership by next July.
Holcomb selected members of the task force, which was approved by the General Assembly and was launched last July.
The goals of the group include:
- Safety: discuss the most recent survey data and existing statistics on bicycle related accidents and causes, look at existing regulations pertaining to bicycles and draft recommendations on improving the safety regulations;
- Funding: review all potential funding sources, whether it be federal, state, municipal or private and present a list of creative funding options; and
- Trail Corridors: present a series of recommendations to enhance state trail planning, including criteria for new corridors, prioritization of existing corridors, branding and funding options.
Task force Chairman Kyle Hannon says "the task force is right on target with its goals. I think we’ve been given the opportunity to create something special and to make Indiana the premier state for trails and bicycling in the U.S."
The group’s next meeting is scheduled for September 26.