Centrally located and easy to access, Carmel, Indiana is a fast-growing city adjacent to Indianapolis’ north side. With a current population of about 102,000, Carmel is known for its roundabouts, eye-catching public art and nationally recognized holiday Christkindlmarkt. Carmel has also been designated a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists and Places for Bikes. Carmel is proud of its nearly 220 miles of bikeable and walkable paths and trails. Planning a visit to the city? Consider bringing along or arriving on two wheels and not just four.
You don’t have to be an accomplished cyclist to bike in Carmel. In addition to the 26-mile long Monon Greenway, of which 5.6 miles are located in Carmel, there are 223 miles of easy-to-ride side paths along many of the major throughfares.
Suburban to Urban
If your preference is a tree-lined route with plenty of greenspace to enjoy and even the occasional deer, start off at River Road Park on the east side of the city and enjoy a leisurely ride on a smooth, wide path that runs alongside the White River. This path easily connects to the recently completed 126th Street path that runs east and west and will take you all the way to Carmel’s central core at Range Line Road and City Center.
Make it an all-day adventure! The southern end of Carmel’s portion of the Monon Greenway is at 96th Street. Why not ride or drive to the trailhead there then head north. Stop along the way and check out Central Park and the Monon Community Center then grab a bite to eat in Midtown
at one of several delicious eateries with both indoor and patio seating. Continuing further north will take you through the Arts & Design District and through a beautifully canopied section of the trail.
Out of town visitors or even locals enjoying a staycation, will be pleased to know that the City’s Hospitality Corridor along Meridian and Pennsylvania Streets features a number of hotels, many of them with outdoor bike racks and all of them ready to graciously accommodate storage of bicycles for guests indoors if asked. Not traveling with a bike? Check one out from Carmel’s Bike Share program which has 50 bikes at seven station locations around the City. If you really enjoy riding, plan a trip to Carmel in late September when Bike Carmel hosts its second Roundabout Ride with both 25- and 50-mile route options.
If riding slow and dining out is more your style, then consider adding Carmel to your travel itinerary for one of Bike Carmel’s Slow Roll Dinner Cruises. Whatever your riding style, Carmel is a great place to experience from the seat of a bicycle.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Carmel has several bike retail and repair shops – Carmel Cyclery, Pedego Electric Bikes, Future Velo Electric Bikes, Gray Goat Bicycle Co. (North)
- Located along the Monon Greenway are bike repair stations with tools, pumps and other accessories
- Carmel has convenient bike parking stations in public parking garages in the Arts & Design District, Midtown and City Center
- Convenient public bathrooms are along the Monon Greenway at Rohrer Road, Clay Terrace, Arts & Design District, Midtown, City Center, Central Park and 96th Street
Family Fun Ride
• Saturday, May 14
• Saturday, June 11
• Saturday, July 9
• Saturday, August 13
Slow Roll Dinner Cruise
• Tuesday, June 14 • Tuesday, July 12
• Tuesday, August 9
National Bike to Work Day
• Friday, May 20
• Saturday, September 17