Greetings!    

As a fellow Cultural Trail user, there's no denying the value of having eight miles of pathways, public artwork, and easy access to local attractions that connect the cultural districts of downtown Indianapolis. Through our just-released assessment of the Trail, we found people are using it in record numbers and business owners are vying for a coveted spot on or near the Trail. Property values near the Trail have increased more than $1 billion. This imaginative structure has clearly made downtown Indianapolis more vibrant for residents and visitors.
  
Public safety is an important focus for Indiana communities and is one of our key research areas. We've partnered with state and local agencies throughout Indiana for more than two decades. Troy Riggs is now contributing to these efforts as the Institute's Director of Public Safety Outreach. With his vast public safety and law enforcement background, we are pleased to bring his expertise to our work and partnerships.

When talking about public safety, you can't ignore the impact of traffic collisions. Following the state's implementation of the graduated driver's license in 2009, teen drivers are experiencing fewer injuries and are involved in fewer crashes. Our annual traffic safety fact sheet on young drivers highlights a nearly 40 percent decline in young driver injuries from January 2009 to December 2012.  

 

We invite you to stay connected to our Thriving Communities, Thriving State project, a two-year initiative focused on Indiana communities of all sizes. The project's commissioners, Institute staff, and graduate assistants are making progress as they examine Indiana's future from the perspectives of urban, mid-sized, and rural/small town communities. We're months away from unveiling our recommendations. And with your help, we're closer to helping Indiana build and sustain stronger communities. 

R. Mark Lawrance
, Director

(317) 261-3010 mlawranc@iupui.edu
    @mlawranc
Our Work

New study highlights Cultural Trail's economic impact
It's no secret that the Indianapolis Cultural Trail is popular. According to our latest study, the Trail's popularity continues to boost the city's economy and overall appeal.

The study points to eight key areas, all helping downtown Indianapolis thrive. Two of those areas detail the impact of having more people use the Trail and spend money while doing so.

For the study, 558 Trail users, including business owners, were surveyed. The average expected expenditure for all survey participants was $53. Out-of-town visitors had an average expected expenditure of $113. Over half of the respondents (63 percent) noted that this spending would occur at a restaurant near the Trail.

Other key findings include:
 -- More than 95 percent of Cultural Trail users believe the Trail is safe, secure, and reduces the reliance on vehicles.  
-- Property values along and near the Trail have increased 148 percent since 2008 (within approximately one block of the eight-mile Trail).
-- Usage along the Trail exceeds most other Indianapolis Greenways and Trails.
-- Exercise and recreation are the primary reason for use.

Sue Burow, senior policy analyst, and Jessica Majors, graduate assistant, led the study, which was funded by the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

REPORT
ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF THE INDIANAPOLIS CULTURAL TRAIL: A LEGACY OF GENE AND MARILYN GLICK

ISSUE BRIEF
REASONS TO LOVE THE INDIANAPOLIS CULTURAL TRAIL: A LEGACY OF GENE AND MARILYN GLICK

INDIANAPOLIS CULTURAL TRAIL
WWW.INDYCULTURALTRAIL.ORG

PRESS RELEASE
NEW STUDY HIGHLIGHTS CULTURAL TRAIL'S ECONOMIC IMPACT  

     
Riggs to lead public safety efforts
Troy Riggs has joined the Institute as its Director of Public Safety Outreach. He most recently served as Director of Public Safety for the City of Indianapolis.
 
In his new role, Riggs will lead and facilitate public safety projects and continue the Institute's leadership as a center for best practices and applied research on criminal justice issues. He will also teach students as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs  
(SPEA). 
 
RIGGS TO LEAD PUBLIC SAFETY EFFORTS AT THE INSTITUTE  
 
Traffic safety study finds decrease in accidents, injuries among teen drivers
Every year, the Institute, in collaboration with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Governor's Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving, analyzes vehicle crash data from the Automated Reporting Information Exchange System (ARIES) maintained by the Indiana State Police.

Columns in The Indianapolis Star and South Bend Tribune citied the Institute's June 2013 report, which found that from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2012, younger drivers had nearly 40 percent drop in injuries. Read more about this report and the current young drivers data in our annual Traffic Safety Fact series.

HOW A NEW INDIANA LAW MAY SAVE TEENS' LIVES  
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Did you know?
The Thriving Communities, Thriving State project continues to examine Indiana's future from the perspectives of urban, mid-sized, and rural/small town areas. 
 
John Marron, senior policy analyst, details the state's current landscape, noting the connection to building stronger communities with these four videos.  
 
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