Indianapolis Sidewalk Accessibility

PHOTO: Brand new sidewalk curb cut in downtown Indianapolis.

The majority of sidewalks in downtown Indianapolis are in an acceptable state of repair. Due to the harsh winters, some sidewalks will show cracks or contain rough segments. The better cared for streets and sidewalks are located in the city center, downtown and business districts. Curb cuts are present at most intersections.

Recently, the city has made investments to install cur cuts in downtown sidewalks that have not previously had them. These curb cuts, like the one pictured here, have been designed to make the city more accessible for wheelchair users.

The city is largely flat, though some limited areas feature elevation that will take a bit of extra effort in rolling. The areas in the center of the city’s downtown district are largely flat and easy to navigate. Pedestrian signals are available at all intersections. Bike lanes are also present next to many downtown sidewalks and can be used by wheelchairs to avoid the sometimes crowded sidewalks, particularly around the government center.

Sidewalks and streets are regularly plowed and de-iced in the event of snow, but as with winter weather in any destination, wheelchair users may have difficulty navigating areas where snowfall has accumulated. In the aftermath of snow fall, the city’s public works department is very good at clearing sidewalks so that they are passable by wheelchair users.  Curb cuts are also cleared (most of the time). The city’s bus service usually remains operational in the event of snowfall.