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Trails to Love

The annual Covered Bridge Festival brings thousands of people to Parke County, Indiana every year, providing a boost to their local economy in a short period of time. The Covered Bridge Gateway Trails Association is working on creating a more permanent flow of tourism by building connecting liner parks. In 2009 the Association, a501c3 non-profit, was formed, by a group of folks who are not avid cyclists or runners, but people who care about the future of Parke County. They are concentrating on a 12 mile trail development from Rockville to Rosedale. Through the Rails-to-Trails program Governor Daniels started, they…
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Electric Car Share in Indianapolis

Electric Car Share in Indianapolis

Beginning in late 2014 Indianapolis became the site of the largest electric car share operation in the nation.  With this development Indianapolis has become the leader in this very important step in changing transportation within dense metropolitan areas.  Prior to this the only electric car share operations were on the west coast.  Indianapolis and Indiana received positive press coverage in the Spring of 2014 when Forbes Magazine carried a story about Blueindy. This service will provide electric vehicles for hourly rental at convenient locations across the city.  Blueindy plans to establish 200 stations with 500 vehicles in Indianapolis during the…
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Trail Extension Ribbon Cutting

Trail Extension Ribbon Cutting

An extension to the hiking-biking trail system was opened in Anderson on May 31, 2014.  The trail now extends from the Rangeline Road on the far eastern side of town through the center of town reaching Raible Avenue on the far western side of town.  The trail follows the White River as it flows through town skirting the downtown area.  The trail also has an extension around the wetland preserve and two lakes of Shadyside Park located just north of the downtown area. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by more that 50 hikers, bikers and city officials.  The local…
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Converting Gas Guzzlers to Electric Hybrids

Converting Gas Guzzlers to Electric Hybrids

Echo Automotive has developed technology at their Anderson (Madison County) tech center that the National Truck Equipment Association has called the most innovative product of the year.  The technology bolts onto existing or new fleet vehicles and turns them into a highly efficient hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicles. The EchoDrive™ system enables vehicles to leverage electric grid power at a fraction of the cost of fossil fuels. EchoDrive™ applies the energy stored in the battery via the electric motor to assist the powertrain when the internal combustion engine is most inefficient, significantly reducing the workload of the engine and the…
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Freewheelin’ Community Bikes

Freewheelin’ Community Bikes

Getting your first bicycle is one of life’s milestones for most people. Most of us can remember the day it happened. But for some families, there just aren’t the resources to purchase a bike. That’s where Freewheelin’ Community Bikes comes in. Freewheelin’ offers an “Earn-a-bike” program in which kids, aged 8-18, participate in an eight week training program learning how to repair and maintain a bike. Upon completion, they receive a quality bike. Along the way, they acquire mechanical skills and mentoring from leaders who have previously completed the course. Lessons about leadership, accountability and perseverance are by-products of the…
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