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Per Executive Order 05-21, "... in the Central Indiana region, the state's goal is to continually increase participation in the Central Indiana Commuter Services program to at least 5% of total employees by December 31, 2005."
Are you tired of the increasing cost of gasoline and the stress of commuting? If you work at the Indiana Government Center or at other state facilities in central Indiana, there are now expanded options to improve our air quality and decrease traffic congestion and commuting expenses, while also saving you time and travel-related stress.
Central Indiana Commuter Services coordinates carpool and vanpool programs to match employees traveling similar routes during similar hours. The CICS program also offers "bicycling buddy" matching and transit rider and walker registration.
As an inaugural CICS "Participating Employer," registered state of Indiana employees who carpool, vanpool, bicycle, ride transit or walk to work at least three times per week can receive an emergency ride home up to five times per year (for example if you have a sick child to pick up at school in the middle of the work day). More details are available by calling 317-327-RIDE (7433) or 888-737-RIDE (7433) or by visiting Central Indiana Commuter Services' website. This site also features a commute cost calculator to show how much your commute to work is really costing you.
Extra IGC Parking Convenience: If you are a state employee in an active carpool and use the Indiana Government Center Washington Street or Senate Avenue garages, you can park in designated Carpooling Preferred Parking Spaces on your active carpool days when you display a special parking permit provided by the parking garage office. Check with your parking garage office for parking permit information. And remember, if you drive your own car, keep tires properly inflated and your engine maintained for peak performance and fuel economy.
The National Institute for Fitness and Sports, located at 250 University Blvd. (about 2 blocks west of the IGC), is beginning a shower/locker membership for regular bicycle commuters. For information, contact NIFS at 317-274-3432. For bicycling tips and information (including routes), check out the Indiana Bicycling Coalition.
Bike to Work Day, 2005 Results
As a part of the 2005 Bicycle to Work Month, over 45 registered state agency participants from 11 different state agencies rode their bicycles at least 675 miles to and from work on Friday, May 20. "Pedal-n-Park" corrals were sited at the Indiana Government Center as well as at the Indianapolis City-County Building. The Indiana Bicycle Coalition tallied a total of 169 registered bicycle riders throughout Indiana who rode at least 2,200 miles commuting to and from work.
The state agencies with the most riders were the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (13) and the Indiana Department of Transportation (11). Other participants represented the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Natural Resources (4 each), the Indiana Department of Health and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (3 each), the Indiana Department of Revenue and the Indiana Supreme Court (2 each), the State Student Assistance Commission, Indiana General Assembly, and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (1each).
The State Student Assistance Commission had the greatest percentage of total agency employees riding (6%).
Thanks to everyone who rode, to vehicle drivers who were extra alert on the roadways, to IndyGO for showing how easy it is to use their bus bicycle racks, and to the Indiana and the Bicycle Coalition for providing the parking corral and for working with state agencies to put together a fun and educational event. In addition, thanks to the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, located a few blocks west of the Indiana Government Center, for use of their shower facilities for BTWD participants. And, thanks to all the other community partners who also supported and promoted BTWD throughout Indianapolis and in other Indiana communities, including Anderson, Bloomington, Carmel, Columbus, Terre Haute, Valparaiso and Winamac.
Visit the IndyGo website or the DNR Service Center in Indiana Government Center for a complete list of bus schedules, prices, and passes. IndyGo buses can also carry bicycles, so you can combine bicycling and bus riding to get to work easier. Convenient Indiana Government Center bicycle parking is available on the east and west ends of the North and South buildings along Government Place - just look for the parking signs!