Dedication ceremony for the Dunes-Kankakee Trail

People prepare to ride provided bikes along the Dunes-Kankakee Trail on Wednesday following a dedication ceremony. 

John Luke, The Times

INDIANAPOLIS — A legislative taskforce looking for ways to connect bike trails throughout Indiana is gathering this week.

The Indiana Bike Trails Task Force will meet 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Indianapolis Zoo to discuss ideas and gather input.

The group was created this year by the General Assembly. It's tasked with developing proposals to link up bike trails, as well as determine ways to pay for the projects.

The group must release its findings by July 2019, including six possible ways to fund the improvements and a timetable for getting the projects done.

Indiana currently has over 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometers) of hard surface, off-road trails open to bicycles. But officials say the state lags behind others when it comes to linking up those trails.

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