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Explore Johnson County Trails
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Promoting Connectivity Within Our Community
Welcome to Explore Johnson County Trails, an initiative of Aspire Johnson County that began as a Leadership Johnson County team project.
Multi-modal transportation has become more than a buzz-phrase. It is now an integral piece of connectivity.
The creation of every mile of new trail means a child has a safe place to ride his or her bike, a family can walk together creating bonds and memories, a business can offer their employees a mental health break from the job and residents can feel the side effects of a healthy walking habit.
Aspire Johnson County has created a Trails Team made up of local business and health stakeholders and volunteers to lead the walking and biking trails movement throughout our community.
The Trails Team Mission
The Johnson County Trails team is committed to creating a comprehensive Trails Plan which will encourage the development and use of pedestrian/bicycle trails within and between the county's many cities, towns and destinations. The Trails Plan will:
- Incorporate the established trails plans of the cities of Greenwood and Franklin.
- Support new trails for the county's smaller municipalities.
- Identify opportunities and means for connectivity between cities, towns and destinations within the county.
Benefits of a County Trail System
A comprehensive, county-wide trails system will make the county's cities, towns and landmarks more connected and more accessible by more means of travel.
A comprehensive trails system will provide new opportunities for healthy, positive family time; new educational activities for our county's youth and schools; and new ways to gather and celebrate community events.
An accessible, county-wide trails system will increase opportunities for exercise and recreation for all county residents and will lower the county's near-total dependence on the automobile.
With a plan in place to prioritize, choose and delineate locations for trails, sidewalks, bike lanes, and connector junctions, the county be able to safely accommodate existing and future pedestrians and bicyclists.
A comprehensive trails system will make the county more attractive to potential residents and businesses, as homebuyers increasingly are adding trails to their must-have list, and many businesses intentionally seek out communities that are walkable and bikeable.
Franklin's Greenway Trails
Greenwood's Tracy Trail
Current Trail System
This useful, dynamic and accurate map of trails through Johnson County, Indiana uses ArcGIS technology and is updated by local government entities. For a more detailed map, scroll along the key and select a community trail name.
Johnson County Trails Master Plan Project
Thank you for visiting the Johnson County Trails Plan.
The Plan is in the early stages of the process and nothing has been decided. We are now currently seeking public input with regard to where citizens would like to see trails developed before we move to collecting data on the desired routes and destinations.
Due to the scope of the project, we will not be able to personally contact every citizen. There will be a citizens advisory committee, a public survey, 4 public input meetings around the county, 2 public presentations of the draft plan, and a presentation of the final plan to the Plan Commission. The citizens advisory committee and the county will advertise the public meetings through social media and press releases. An email contact list will be maintained throughout the project. Please see the Public Input page for more information on meeting times and locations.
The final plan will serve as a vision for trail development over the next 25 to 30 years. It is a vision that will increase property values, attract businesses, attract residents, help retain the younger generation, promote agricultural tourism, increase the overall health of the community, and increase community pride. The plan does NOT assess the technical feasibility of placing trails in particular locations, and it does NOT provide construction details for trails. The plan is intended to provide a broad vision for trail locations and design guidelines for trail construction. The plan is not “set in stone” and should be reviewed periodically as development occurs throughout the county.
Please check back often to see progress on the plan and how you can provide feedback.
Johnson County Trails and Aspire Johnson County in cooperation with Johnson County, are developing a county-wide trails plan that will connect communities, parks, schools, businesses, retail and dining, and government facilities.
Aspire applied for an Opus grant through the Johnson County Community Foundation and received $40,000 to create the plan.
This plan will help improve non-motorized accessibility, promote safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, and make Johnson County a more enjoyable place to live and visit. This growing need for alternative transportation has risen for several reasons. Personal economics, a movement to become a healthier society, increased safety for children (that cannot drive yet), adults that want the option of depending less on their car, and an ever-increasing elderly population are driving this trend.
Johnson County Trails, Aspire Johnson County, and Johnson County would like to thank and recognize those organizations and individuals that have contributed to the creation of the Johnson County Master Trails Plan.
Don Cummings and Toni Traylor
Jeff and Sharon Beck
Johnson County REMC
Lisa Lintner Valenzuela
Mallow Run Winery
Opus Community Foundation
Need for the Plan
In the U.S. 30% of the population currently does not drive a motor vehicle
- People physically unable to drive
- People that are financially unable to afford the cost and maintenance of a vehicle
- Increasing population who chose to use alternative transportation for its economic, environmental, and health benefits
- For every $1 spent in trail / bicycle infrastructure, $3 in direct medical costs are saved
- Adults should participate in moderate activity for at least 150 minutes a week (30 minutes a day x 5 days per week)
- 30 minutes of walking each day can prevent diabetes
- In the state of Indiana, 30% of adults are considered obese
- In the state of Indiana 16% of teenagers are considered obese
- Sedentary lifestyles are on the increase
- In 1969 the percentage of school children walking to school was 48%
- Today the percentage of school children walking to school is 13%
- Studies show that kids who walk or bike to school arrive ready to learn and more focused
- Workers who walk or bike to work are more productive and more focused
Traits of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Community
- Better quality of life for citizens of the community
- Improved Economic Development
- Improved Environmental Benefits
- Improved Health Benefits
Goals and Objectives
- Create connections between the communities of Greenwood, Franklin, White River Township, New Whiteland, Bargersville, Trafalgar, and Edinburgh within Johnson County.
- Be ready for future funding opportunities when they present themselves.
- Identify future Safe Routes to Schools opportunities.
- Enhance community connections to neighborhoods, parks, schools, businesses, retail and dining, and government facilities.
- Increase the number of people that exercise daily by providing safe walking and biking experiences for citizens of all ages and levels of ability.
- Increase the number of people walking and bicycling for everyday transportation purposes such as commuting to work, to school and running errands.
- Increase the quality of life for the residents of Johnson County in an effort to retain current citizens and attract new citizens.
- Provide guidance and priorities for implementing infrastructure to support walking and bicycling with a broad range of funding and support.
- Increase eco-tourism in Johnson County by attracting people that are looking for recreational activities in the region.
Process and Schedule
Inventory and Analysis Stage
Kickoff Meeting April 18
Steering Committee Meeting May 8
Stakeholder Meetings May 9
Public Input Meetings May 14-23
Steering Committee Meeting June 12
Draft Plan Stage
Steering Committee Meeting June 26
Steering Committee/ Stakeholder Meeting July 10
Public Draft Plan Presentations July 23 and 25
Final Plan Stage
Steering Committee Meeting July 31
Steering Committee/ Stakeholder Meeting August 19
Plan Commission August 26
Plan Commission September 23
We cordially invite interested citizens living or working within Johnson County to join us at one of the following times and locations to provide valuable input regarding the Johnson County Trails Master Plan. We will be discussing desired pedestrian and biking routes, desired destinations, and existing problem locations. Each meeting is an open house format and citizens may stop by anytime to provide input.
Tuesday, May 14, 3 to 7 p.m.
Greenwood Public Library
310 South Madison, Greenwood, IN 46143
Thursday, May 16, 3 to 6 p.m.
Johnson County Public Library – White River Branch
1664 Library Boulevard, Greenwood, IN 46142
Tuesday, May 21, 3 to 7 p.m.
26 East Jefferson Street, Franklin, IN 46131
Thursday, May 23, 3 to 7 p.m.
Johnson County Public Library – Trafalgar Branch
424 South Tower Drive, Trafalgar, IN 46181
The firm of Griffin Collaborative Designs (GCD) was hired to help facilitate the master plan. Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to contact us with the information provided below.
Jason Griffin , GCD – Project Manager
David Hittle, Director - Johnson County Zoning and Planning
Dana Monson, Director - Johnson County Development Corporation
About Aspire Johnson County
Aspire Johnson County, a community development program of the Johnson County Development Corporation, has a mission to make Johnson County a destination to live, work, learn and play.
Established in 2013, this program has identified several key areas of community need - including tourism, workforce development and sustained growth.
A need for a county-wide trail system has been identified as a major opportunity for the quality of life for our residents. It also is an important community asset for companies seeking a new location for their business.