Swarm Street completion brings more bikers to Fountain Square

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -Swarm Street, a portion of the Indy Cultural Trail that runs through the Virginia Avenue parking garage, is bringing more bikers to Fountain Square in downtown Indianapolis. The project is named for the lightning bug-style show that lights up as you walk on it.

24-Hour News 8 reported Thursday night that this portion of the trail was officially opening Friday. And while it’s great for cyclists, it also provides a much needed link to Fountain Square. There’s a hope it will set off another business boom for Fletcher Place and Fountain Square.

Just 24 hours after opening, businesses are already able to tell a difference with the bike traffic. So much so that South of Chicago Pizza in Fletcher Place will soon even have extended hours.

“We’re just going to extend our hours so we can accommodate. We’re really busy. I’m shocked,” said Bob Jaeger, South of Chicago Pizza owner.

Bikers are flocking to Fountain Square with the new convenience of Swarm Street.

“So, it makes things a lot better already. I can tell,” said William Phillips, biker.

The final touches were put on the Swarm Street project Thursday, making the Cultural Trail complete after a year of delays on the project.

“People would ride up there and then just not know what to do,” said Phillips.

Bikers love the creativity and convenience the final connection makes.

“Rode the trail. I found out about this area yesterday. So, that’s why we had the idea to go down and have breakfast,” said Mark Randall, biker.

Business boomed for Fountain Square when the majority of the cultural trail opened last May.

“We had business, but not enough business. But now, our business almost doubled since they did the cultural trail,” said Jaeger.

For the first time, the trail seamlessly connects downtown to Fountain Square.

24-Hour News 8 saw one family riding through the tunnel and saw them again chowing down on some deep dish at South Chicago. It was their first Swarm Street experience.

“I never went through that tunnel before. Yeah, with the light. It was really cool,” said Deandre Nichols, biker.

Now, bikers are heading to Fountain Square and Fletcher Place to boost business all while using a new path that is artistic, convenient and much safer.

South of Chicago will soon be open on Sundays and have longer hours on Monday because of booming business.

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