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Best places to bike ride in Indianapolis, IN

Whether you’re looking to get some fresh air or cut down on your carbon footprint, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best spots around Indy to take the bicycle for a spin.

Mountain bike parked on pedestrian bridge over Eagle Creek

City Editor Nicole recently moved to the west side and is loving having the B&O Trail nearby.

Photo by INDYtoday team

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Looking to get some fresh air + cut down on your carbon footprint?

We recently shared that Indianapolis scored a 43 out of 100 on Walk Score’s bikeability meter, deeming it a “somewhat bikeable” city.

However, there are still plenty of spots around Indy to go for a spin — whether you’re looking for a casual ride or more of an adventure.

Hit the trail

The Monon Trail now spans from downtown Indianapolis to Sheridan. It offers a smooth ride, shaded paths, and plenty of options to stop for a bite along the way — especially when you reach mile 6.2 (aka the gateway to Broad Ripple).

Dozens of bikes parked at a local restaurant along the Monon Trail

Half Liter BBQ is a perfect stop along the Monon Trail to grab a bite and hang out.

The Cultural Trail is your path to city exploration — connecting downtown to several hot spots including Mass Avenue, Fountain Square, and White River State Park. The trail is also undergoing an expansion on South Street, Indiana Avenue, and to the White River on the near west side.

There are also several ways to network, from utilizing Pacers Bikeshare to joining a free group trail ride.

This trail is planned to one day stretch more than 60 miles. For now, it exists in two segments — from Indianapolis to Speedway with a pedestrian/bicyclist bridge over Eagle Creek + 6.25 miles of tree-lined routes to Brownsburg. Just last week, the trail celebrated the opening of a new 1.9-mile section.

Off the beaten path

This path that follows Central Canal is made of crushed limestone that extends from Broad Ripple to 30th Street. You’ll pass through Butler University’ campus + intersect with Newfields’ 100 Acres.

This is the perfect place for mountain bikers across 96th Street on Indy’s north side — situated on 127 acres of parkland with seven miles of single-track dirt trails that offer a variety of terrain for mountain bikers.

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