Lowell considers bike trail proposal

2013-06-16T17:16:00Z 2013-06-16T21:51:04Z Lowell considers bike trail proposalBy Melanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 16, 2013 5:16 pm  • 

LOWELL | The Lowell Town Council heard a proposal recently to create a bike trail that could possibly connect to other region trails.

Active Transportation Alliance, a nonprofit that assists communities in such endeavors, made the pitch at a recent council meeting.

"We do destination-based planning," said Leslie Phemister, the suburban outreach manager for the group's Chicago chapter.

Such planning, she said, would allow the town to tap into funding otherwise unavailable.

Phemister said the group would organize open houses, conduct surveys and gain as much public input as possible.

Council Vice President Craig Earley, D-1st, is on the recently established bike trail committee. He said Mitch Barloga, of the Northern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, said NIRPC could help as well.

"We can take it in baby steps," Earley said.

Earley said a short-term goal of the committee is designating bike routes that might connect the town's parks.

Dan Blankenship, of Lowell, was pleased with the proposal.

"The bike trail is one of the best ideas I've heard in a long while. ... I hope you move forward on it," Blankenship said.

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