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Kellie Hwang reports from Central Indiana, where a recently released a pedestrian infrastructure map in connection with an ongoing Regional Pedestrian Plan [pdf] effort lays out the pedestrian risk in and around the city of Indianapolis.
"On this map of Central Indiana, there's a collection of bright green lines in the center, with more scattered throughout. The rest of the map is a glaring web of bold, red angled lines protruding out of the Indianapolis metro area," reports Hwang.
Green indicates streets with existing sidewalks and other pedestrian infrastructure. Those kinds of streets total 1,704 miles in the region. "The red lines show 3,748 miles worth of gaps where pedestrian facilities don't exist, either on one side or both sides of the road," according to Hwang.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization published the map after a year and a half of into the Regional Pedestrian Plan, which updates the original version of the plan, completed in 2006.
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