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The P&E Trail begins at the corner of Main Street, 16th Street and Crawfordsville Road in Speedway, Indiana, an enclave of Indianapolis. This eastern endpoint of the trail is just a stone’s throw away from the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, from which the town gets its name. The aptly-named trail occupies a former Peoria & Eastern Railway corridor, which was later abandoned by Conrail.
Paralleling Crawfordsville Road for its entire route, the P&E Trail is a safe alternative to the busy corridor—also known as Hulman Memorial Way—for cyclists and pedestrians. In the west, the trail currently ends at the B&W Plumbing property between Crawfordsville Road and Speedway Drive. A cooperative agreement with the company allows trail users to continue behind the building to access Cunningham Drive, which expands trail users’ access to the southern neighborhoods of Speedway.
The trail currently has a gravel surface, but paving is planned for 2014. That initiative, as well as a planned second segment behind the Chase Bank, Marsh Supermarket and Extra Space Storage buildings off Crawfordsville Road, is the direct result of the passion and vision of the Speedway Trails Association, which regularly applies for federal funding to add and improve trails in Speedway. The committed group also runs an annual ‘Diamond in the Rough’ fundraiser, using the improving P&E Trail, the planned B&O Trail, the Eagle Creek Trail and undeveloped connecting paths to highlight the need for a paved trail network in Speedway.
For more information about the ‘Diamond in the Rough’ fundraiser and the other great work Speedway Trails Association is achieving in their town, see their official website.
Angle parking for the P&E Trail can be found along Main Street; take the adjacent bike path north to access the trail. Additional parking lots will be designated as the trail is extended west.
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