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Overall description of the highs and lows of commuting.

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I am lucky to live in one of the more connected neighborhoods in Indianapolis and work downtown.  Over the past three years, I have made a walking to work my primary method of commuting.  Although the commute is time-consuming (about 35 to 45 minutes one way), I enjoy the peace of mind, avoiding the frustrations of driving/parking, and the exercise.  Thankfully, on days that weather is severely inclement or I am pressed for time, two IndyGo lines are within walking distance of my house.  Thanks to the recent referendum, these lines run with more frequency and I will soon be within walking distance of a Red Line stop.

The commute has some downsides, particularly intersections that prefer cars over pedestrians.  However, for the most part, I love my commute.  My only hope is that other residents (including those that live further away from the central city) will be able to have other commuting options beyond driving. 

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Ryne Click Thank you for contributing. It's awesome that you've been able to transition to walking more consistently. What aspects of that transit experience do you think could be enhanced through design? Or better yet, do you have an idea that would impact your, and other, commutes on foot?

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Alexander Hoffmann  A few off the top of my head, at least from a pedestrian perspective: review of crosswalk signal timing (crossing 10th at Central/East only allows 10 seconds for pedestrians), widening sidewalks, ensure that all sides of intersections have functioning signals installed (for instance the NE corner of the New Jersey and Marker intersection does not have a pedestrian signal), adding warnings for cars existing parking garages, banning turns on red within Mile Square, adding a grace period for pedestrians crossing intersections (all vehicular traffic is at red where as crosswalk traffic is still activated). Obviously, these are applicable where I live (central city), but many in Marion County unfortunately lack the basic sidewalks and pedestrian infrastructure in their neighborhoods. That's a completely different discussion.

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Ryne Click These are the examples that can help drive a conversation around making change in the area. If you're able to, please join the community working session on April 17th to get some of your ideas into the pipeline for the challenge and community to think about.