Gov. Eric Holcomb made several appointments to the Bicycle Trails Task Force, which was created by the Indiana General Assembly this year to propose ways to connect existing bicycle trails throughout the state and increase bicycle safety. One of those members is Carmel City councilor Bruce Kimball.
“As Gov. Holcomb has stated along with a recent IUPUI economic report, Indiana needs to see more of an influx of skilled workers in coming decades,” Kimball said. “There is a declining youth in many of our small cities. These communities have been hit hard by the new economy. Quality of life will be a key component in attracting new businesses and employees. Trails have shown to be a very low-cost but effective way to improve quality and economic life in many cities and towns. I’m looking forward to working with officials and commission members across the state to create a trail network that will be an asset and serve all Hoosiers.”
The Indiana Bicycle Trails Task Force was created by House Enrolled Act 1174. In addition to connecting trails, the task force also will make changes to Indiana law to encourage safety on trails and roads.
Task force members will be unpaid. Holcomb appointed 12 members to the task force and also asked Jerome Adams and Joe McGuinness, in their respective roles as state health commissioner and commissioner of the Dept. of Transportation, to join the task force or to designate members of their departments to serve, as well as Rebecca Holwerda to serve as the governor’s designee.