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Hammond opens bike, pedestrian bridges

Hammond opens bike, pedestrian bridges

HAMMOND | Walkers, runners and cyclists can enjoy using two trails in the city without the concern of crossing busy streets.

July 07, 2014 6:22 pm Photos

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Hammond opens bike, pedestrian bridges

Hammond opens bike, pedestrian bridges

A bicyclist rides across the Erie Lackawanna Trail bridge just after the official opening Monday in Hammond. The span is over the 167th Street, Columbia and Southeastern intersection. Officials also opened the trail bridge connecting the Monon Trail over 165th Street. Both bridges allow cycl…

July 07, 2014 5:45 pm
Hammond opens bike, pedestrian bridges

Hammond opens bike, pedestrian bridges

Kathy Kazmierczak, of Hammond, center, and others cross the Erie Lackawanna Trail span over the 167th Street, Columbia and Southeastern intersection in Hammond just after its official opening Monday.

July 07, 2014 5:30 pm
MITCH BARLOGA: Creating safe streets for our aging society

MITCH BARLOGA: Creating safe streets for our aging society

Aging is certainly inevitable, but the impact is greater today than at any time in the history of our country. Those born after World War II -- between 1946 and 1964 -- are affectionately described as the “baby boomer” generation, which in turn produced a huge spike in our population. Now th…

July 03, 2014 12:00 am
Bike/pedestrian bridges changing the game

Bike/pedestrian bridges changing the game

Bicycle/pedestrian bridges on a grand scale are popping up across Northwest Indiana, changing the look and feel of a region best known in the past for big industrial plants belching smoke and not so much for healthy living.

June 14, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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MITCH BARLOGA: Experience region at night with Starlight Express Pass

MITCH BARLOGA: Experience region at night with Starlight Express Pass

Riding your bicycle at night offers an experience unlike during the day. The air feels different, as does your perspective on your surroundings. Having the darkness around you provides a special type of intimacy, which depending on your attitude toward the dark can either frighten or liberate you.

June 05, 2014 12:00 am
MITCH BARLOGA: Creating a bicycle-friendly community in your hometown

MITCH BARLOGA: Creating a bicycle-friendly community in your hometown

Measurements are taken often at how well our communities fare on a number of topics. There are statistics regarding places with the least crime, or most sunshine, and even number of fast-food joints per capita. There are also measurements regarding bicycle-friendly standards, along with benc…

May 01, 2014 12:00 am
MITCH BARLOGA: A funding primer for bicycle, pedestrian facilities

MITCH BARLOGA: A funding primer for bicycle, pedestrian facilities

It can be safely assumed residents in Northwest Indiana love their trails. Since 1990 we have grown tenfold to over 130 miles of paved, regional routes that connect a majority of our communities. How they get built, along with related facilities such as sidewalks, takes money.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am
MITCH BARLOGA: Making streets accessible for people with disabilities

MITCH BARLOGA: Making streets accessible for people with disabilities

In my role as active transportation planner for NIRPC, I am reminded often of the importance of making our streets safe and accessible for nonmotorized users. Although most of my work does focus on bicycle and able-bodied pedestrian access, attention still must be afforded to people with dis…

March 06, 2014 12:00 am
MITCH BARLOGA: Despite weather, Le Tour de Shore rolls in soon

MITCH BARLOGA: Despite weather, Le Tour de Shore rolls in soon

Whoever is done with this winter weather, please raise your hand.

February 06, 2014 12:00 am
MITCH BARLOGA: 2013 was active year for active transportation

MITCH BARLOGA: 2013 was active year for active transportation

Yet again another year has passed into history, so no better time to assess the progress our region has made for nonmotorized (or active) transportation — and what lies ahead in 2014.

January 02, 2014 12:00 am

NIRPC environmental committee declines stance on Illiana vote

PORTAGE | The environmental committee of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on Thursday discussed the proposed Illiana Expressway without agreeing to a recommendation for a vote by the full board.

December 05, 2013 7:46 pm
MITCH BARLOGA: Thank parents of NWI's regional trails

MITCH BARLOGA: Thank parents of NWI's regional trails

Today in Northwest Indiana, we proudly boast more than 130 miles of off-road, multi-use trail in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am
Porter County man hopes GPS signs mean happy trails for all

Porter County man hopes GPS signs mean happy trails for all

As a veteran, top-ranked marathon runner and triathlete, Bill Pauley is used to racing against time, but he's been involved in a different race this year. A race to save lives.

November 17, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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MITCH BARLOGA: A Golden Spoke moment for bistate region

MITCH BARLOGA: A Golden Spoke moment for bistate region

Leaders and advocates from Northwest Indiana and the neighboring Chicago Southland came together on the state line between Munster and Lansing recently to officially open the Pennsy Greenway.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
MITCH BARLOGA: A Great Lakes water trail to be proud of

MITCH BARLOGA: A Great Lakes water trail to be proud of

Last year, a couple of young women truly defined the word "intrepid." Best friends Amy Lukas and Mary Catterlin set out on a “dugout,” or handmade canoe from a cottonwood tree, and sailed the perimeter of Lake Michigan. Their entire journey covered 1,200 miles of the 1,638 miles of coastline…

October 03, 2013 12:00 am
MITCH BARLOGA: Yesterday’s railroads are today’s trails

MITCH BARLOGA: Yesterday’s railroads are today’s trails

If you regularly read this column, or are just a hiking or bicycle enthusiast, you know about the robust development of off-road trails in Northwest Indiana.

September 05, 2013 12:00 am
MITCH BARLOGA: Improve bicycling safety on our streets

MITCH BARLOGA: Improve bicycling safety on our streets

Last Monday, a Chicago businessman, and skilled bicyclist, was killed riding his bike while on vacation with his family in Michigan. There is still no known reason why the driver of the automobile swerved into him. You could imagine a number of possibilities.

August 15, 2013 12:00 am
Mitch Barloga

Mitch Barloga

Mitch Barloga is transportation planning manager for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

August 15, 2013 12:00 am
MITCH BARLOGA: Transportation freedom remains elusive

MITCH BARLOGA: Transportation freedom remains elusive

Today you will most likely take part in some activity celebrating our nation and freedom in general. If you live in Northwest Indiana, chances are you will access these activities by automobile, even if they might be in walking or biking distance from your house. It is very unlikely you will…

July 04, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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