DYER | There’s new hope for a bike trail in Dyer.
Mitch Barloga of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, unveiled the group's plans to acquire about a mile of vacated Norfolk Southern right of way in Dyer.
The right of way would eventually be turned into a bike path which would connect with the Pennsy Greenway, a bike trail currently under construction between Lansing and Crown Point.
Town officials are particularly pleased the Dyer path would be near Central Park, said council President Joe Cinko.
“We’re actually going to have something that (a cyclist could use) to take a 20 mile bike ride," he said.
With Norfolk Southern abandoning rights of way across town and in neighboring communities, Dyer had briefly considered attempting to buy the right of way within its borders. But when Canadian National expressed interest in buying the same right of way, Dyer decided not to pursue the idea any further.
NIRPC is actively pursuing acquiring one mile of the right of way with help from grant money, council members learned during the study session. Barloga also said NIRPC would be interested in eventually transferring the path to the town, at zero cost to Dyer.
A bike trail which connects with an existing trail is eligible for federal transportation dollars, plus a local match, he said.