By Lindy Thackston
INDIANPOLIS (Sept. 25 ,2014) - The Indianapolis Parks Department is scheduled to decide on extending trail hours for the Monon and other greenways at a meeting Thursday afternoon.
The vote was originally set for last month but it was tabled until today.
Local biking advocacy group, INDYCOG, has been pushing to extend greenway hours, saying it gives everyone an opportunity to take advantage of the trails.
INDYCOG started a petition to change the hours and had collected more than 1,000 signatures within five days. There are a lot more than that now.
But some people question the safety behind the plan.
"We completely understand that because it is our safety," said INDYCOG'S Kevin Whited. "The chances of being assaulted on the Monon are probably much lower than your chances of being struck by a car. The more people riding the trails, the safer it will be."
Trails are open from dusk until dawn, but Whited believes the set hours are putting the brakes on Indianapolis becoming a world-class biking city.
INDYCOG would like the trails open 24/7. The parks board is voting to extend the hours from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.
"I just think it's a beautiful thing that we can have these open at all times for us just to work out and have a good time," said Brian Stone.
"I personally would not ride at night, but I think it's a good idea and it gives everyone an option," said Cindy Winters.
"Everyone just needs to use their own judgment," said another bike rider.
The meeting is at 3:45 p.m. at the City-County Building.