City denies request for extended hours on Monon Trail

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thousands of cyclists use the Monon Trail daily, but the city of Indianapolis denied a request to keep the biking and walking trail open every evening.

The trail typically closes at dusk; however, there are times when they leave it open. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials said that on July 4, they needed all the manpower downtown that they could get.

However, the push for extended hours go beyond the Fourth of July. The biking advocacy organization INDYCOG is lobbying city officials to permanently extend the trails hours.

“I think that would be a great idea,” said Payton Reardon, who uses the trail daily

However, others disagree.

“I love the trail, but for me, during the day is fine,” said Greg Kampenga.

“I’m sure most people would have good intentions, but it would only take one or two incidents in a neighborhood of someone doing something malicious to cause people to be concerned,” said Nate Ridderman.

While popular during the day, the 10-mile trail has numerous dark spots. Police say extending the hours past dusk would require lighting and police patrols. The trail is currently patrolled by Indy Parks Rangers.

INDYCOG says if the Monon Trail were to stay open 24 hours a day, it could raise the city’s bike-friendly status from bronze to silver. Officials say that could improve the city’s national cycling reputation.

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