Indianapolis-Marion County is a vast and evolving city interested in prioritizing people movement and supporting walkable neighborhoods. Momentum behind the Complete Streets Ordinance and a broad desire to improve community health has fueled public desire for walkable streets and enhanced transit options.
Nelson\Nygaard worked with the city and local nonprofit Health by Design to develop a city and countywide Pedestrian Plan to make Indianapolis safer, more accessible, and more walkable for people of all ages and abilities. We conducted extensive community outreach using innovative approaches to connect with traditionally underrepresented communities, including cinemas, bus stop outreach, tradeoff surveys, and tabling at community events. We developed a data driven pedestrian prioritization strategy that uses health and equity factors to encourage investments in pedestrian infrastructure that have the greatest impact on health disparities and historical inequalities in the city and county.
The plan will support increased physical activity and promote healthy living. By including recommendations for funding, policy and systems changes, and pedestrian-specific programs, the plan is changing the ways Indianapolis and Marion County approach and implement pedestrian improvements and programs.