In 2010, an online survey was created to help members of the general public express their opinions about the Circle. Below are a sampling of write-in responses to the survey.

DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE
“Lighting of the tree is very crowded, but it is a very personal experience being around so many hopeful and happy people. It’s a great atmosphere.”

“Phenomenal. Especially seeing how pedestrians and autos truly coexist with perfect respect for one another.”

“Enjoyable experience. Great central location and a great public space that connects people to the city.”

“Wonderful! Beautiful backdrop and truly defines Indianapolis.”

“Attended several events, enjoy the open space for large events, but also like the area open to traffic when there isn’t an event to keep the area active at all times.”

“I have attended Bike to Work day on the Circle. It is a wonderful expression of bicycle culture….It is a great event that allows bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the special setting of the circle, close to where many commuting cyclists work.”

“500 festival weekend activities. I had a really good time. Access for pedestrians and cars to the area was convenient. There were outdoor food vendors, displays and seating areas on the Circle.”

DO YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE VISITING THE MONUMENT CIRCLE AREA?
“It’s the best part of the city. More of the city should be designed like the Circle area: wide sidewalks, bollards, attractive lighting, storefronts, etc.”

“It’s a safe area and car traffic is relatively slow.”

“Lots of people and activity makes it feel safe.”

“Clean yet crumbling.”

“Drivers instinctively give the right of way to pedestrians because of the area’s design.”

“The relatively slow speed of vehicles and abundance of pedestrians and cyclists make it seem safe. Security by Indianapolis police is apparent most of the time (especially at lunch).”

DO YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT TO ACCESS THE MONUMENT CIRCLE AREA?
“Weekends are ridiculous with all the teens and their loud cars. They hang out there and back up traffic.”

“When there is some sort of event downtown, auto traffic around the circle is difficult to navigate. Crossing to get to the Monument is tough.”

“Difficult to access during some events that have large attendance.”

“You can get to it from anywhere Downtown.”

“The Circle is very accessible by vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. Parking is not always available, but that’s not what I look for. It’s easy to get around the Circle and arrange to pick up a pedestrian with a car, etc.”

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU CANNOT DO NOW IN THE MONUMENT CIRCLE AREA?
“Drink a beer on the sidewalk and people watch.”

“Eat a nice dinner.”

“I would prefer more outside seating and restaurants in the buildings fronting the circle. Bicycle safety could also be improved.”

“Have a quality dinner overlooking Monument Circle.”

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE THE MONUMENT CIRCLE AREA?
“Upgrades to light fixtures, brick pavers, continual necessary upkeep of such a fine public space. More street vendors, food trucks, etc.”

“It needs more retail and restaurants.”

“Add bike racks and slow down traffic.”

“I think the open air seating inside the bollards in the summer would be a good idea. I like the hot dog vendors type idea and other small retail shops on the first floor of the Circle creates some foot traffic. I think evening events in a section of the Monument Circle would be a draw for downtown and parking and traffic are not as much of an issue 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.”

“I would reduce, though not completely eliminate traffic. Widen the pedestrian and plaza areas, like what one would see in many European cities. Expand food and drink options in the buildings fronting the Circle.”

“Fix the infrastructure, add live music, add more retail shopping and restaurants. Would be nice to have a sort of “glow show” Friday nights with music timed with lasers, buildings changing colors, Monument changing colors. That would be pretty incredible. They do it in California all the time.”

“Daily cleaning, reworking and refurbishing the brickwork. Better upkeep of plantings and increased flora. The place needs some color. Awnings, banners and that kind of thing make it welcoming. Perhaps music piped in.”

“More seating on the outside sidewalks, most areas for seating now are on the Monument or low walls around, it would be nice to sit outside the loop and look at the Monument from that side, not just look away from it.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO WHILE IN THE MONUMENT CIRCLE AREA?
“Sit outside on the steps or at the cafes. Ride my bike from home to the Circle. Watch people. Look at cars and motorcycles.”

“Get ice cream, sit on the steps with kids and watch traffic.”

“The fountains and the steps are constantly drawing guests to walk down to Starbucks, take photos of the Monument and see what else is there.”

“Pick up lunch and eat it on the steps or on the lawns or by the fountain.”

“Sit and watch people, especially after work hours. Early evening on Monument Circle is magical – quiet, calm and the sunlight reflects off westward facing windows all over downtown making it look like it is afire.”

“I love to sit on the steps of the Monument and eat lunch or people watch.”

“Explore the intricate details of the Monument on foot.”

“I enjoy people using the Monument space to relax as I pass through. Makes me want to stop and enjoy too.”

“Admire the architecture and lights during the holidays.”

“I rarely go on the Circle when it’s cold because there is not enough of a draw to overcome the uncomfortable temperatures.”

“Christmas Decor is terrific! It adds a flavor and specialness that makes out of town guests want to walk there to take photos despite the cold. It gives an opportunity to encourage out of town guests to walk through the Monument Circle area on their way to the mall to Christmas shop.”

“Don’t spend much time there when it is cold, really just walk through.”

“Circle of Lights, events at the Hilbert and Columbia Club, taking children around Circle when going places from home (we live in Fall Creek neighborhood and pass through downtown a lot).”

“Holiday and Colts festivities.”

“Drive out of town guests around the monument for respectful observance.”