Thank you to all who joined us on June 3, 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the B&O Bicycle Tour. Your support helps make expanding the B&O Trail possible. It was great to have riders on all 4 routes be able to see the newly paved section of the trail including the bridge over White Lick Creek. The weather turned out to cooperate fully and made it a even greater day. We have already begun making plans for next year and look forward to some exciting new possibilities as we begin our second quarter century of bicycle tours.
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It was great to see everyone who came out I support of the B&O Trail for our annual meeting on Tuesday, March 7th at the Avon Town Hall. We gathered to hear from Brian Payne of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Brian spoke about creating a new vision for central Indiana as a follow-up to the bold vision that created the Cultural Trail downtown. An effort is underway now to develop a bold $100 million vision. Various "lens" will be used to measure and assess options for central Indiana. Could an extension of the B&O Trail into downtown Indianapolis be a part of that vision? That is the $100 million question but one that Brian says will be answered in the coming months. Our engagement and input on his group's efforts will be important. Thank you Brian for sharing your vision with the B&O Trail community.
In addition to hearing Brian speak, updates were provided by BOTA president Diana Virgil on 2016 construction projects and 2017 plans. Dave Mace and Steve Blacketer provided financial updates and newly elected HCTDA president Dave Jackson updated the crowd on the B&O Rotary Bell project from 2016. BOTA board member Richard Vonnegut from the Indiana Rails to Trails Council updated everyone on two key state bills currently working their way through the legislature which are important for the future of trails in Indiana. Those two bills are HB 1174 and SB 494. Contact your legislators and encourage them to support these two bills.