CICF's For Good

“If you can’t get from point A to point B easily, affordably, and equitably—meaning in a way that’s available to all residents in the community—it really pulls the entire community down.” – Ron Gifford

In this episode of For Good, we convene local leaders and residents for a conversation about personal mobility and transportation in Central Indiana, and strategies underway to ensure everyone has equitable opportunities to access various modes of transportation and obtain housing, jobs and health services.

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* Ben Snyder, marketing and communications manager at CICF

* Wildstyle, community ambassador at CICF

* Ron Gifford, project manager for Personal Mobility Network

* Bryan Luellen, vice president of public affairs at IndyGo


* Current IndyGo projects, including rapid transit

* Ford Mobility City:One Challenge

* CICF’s Family Stabilization initiative, including the Personal Mobility Network

You’re listening to For Good, Central Indiana Community Foundation’s podcast highlighting stories about passion, purpose, and progress in Central Indiana. At CICF, we believe in creating a community where everyone can reach their full potential, no matter their place, race or identity. This is our community and these are your stories.

Ben Snyder: Hello, and welcome to For Good. I’m Ben Snyder, marketing and communications manager at Central Indiana Community Foundation. Today on the show we’re talking about transportation and the Personal Mobility Network created and incubated by CICF. We’re recording from the Julia M. Carson Transit Center, which opened in 2016 and is home to IndyGo’s bus transit system, a fitting location for our conversation. And as you might guess, our three guests today are very involved in transportation and mobility here in Indianapolis. Can you each introduce yourselves?

Bryan Luellen: I’m Bryan Luellen, public affairs with IndyGo.

Wildstyle: I’m Wildstyle. I’m a Central Indiana Community Foundation ambassador.

Ron Gifford: I’m Ron Gifford. I’m the project manager for the Personal Mobility Network.

BEN: Awesome. Great. Thank you, guys, for coming and joining us for this conversation today. Starting off, we know that Indianapolis has the second highest transportation cost as a percent of income among the 30 largest metros. What do you think contributes to that high cost in our community, and how does that impact you personally? Let’s start with you Wildstyle.

WILDSTYLE: Well, actually, I didn’t know that before, but that’s not surprising. I spent 13 years as an auto mechanic, and I can tell you that just from that point of view seeing what customers went through, and then with my own cars of actually being able to fix them but having to make sure I had enough money in the bank account just to pay for the parts, was stressful. So maintenance, obviously our roads could be in better condition. And then I think there’s been a huge issue previously, not as much now but still quite a bit, with the police enforcement and basically them causing a lot of people to lose their licenses over stuff that really isn’t necessarily public safety.

BEN: And Ron?

RON: Well,

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