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…
Whoever is done with this winter weather, please raise your hand.
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.
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.
Today in Northwest Indiana, we proudly boast more than 130 miles of off-road, multi-use trail in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Mitch Barloga is transportation planning manager for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.
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…
This time, it’s personal. People ask me quite a bit about my passion for what I do, so here’s one explanation how it came about.
Indiana has a reputation for not being bike-friendly, but Northwest Indiana is an exception.
A study published this month ranks Indiana among the nation's worst states for cycling and Illinois among the best, but one local planner said he believes the results are misleading.
Avid bicyclist Chris Husum can leave his house in Munster and ride out to Chesterton mostly using the region's trail network.
We have finally crossed into the warmer months in our region, which offer excellent opportunities to enjoy our communities by bicycle. Fitting, then, that May would be deemed National Bike Month, as it has been since its inception in 1956.
Recently, I rummaged through my garage to get my bike ready for the season, along with my son’s. In the process it dawned on me that many of you might not be familiar with getting your own bike in shape – so consider this a quick guide.
A few months ago I lathered a heap of praise upon Hammond and its robust trail network. However, long before Hammond officials “caught religion” on this matter, Valparaiso was leading the way in developing a series of intercity trails and wide sidewalks. These efforts were duly recognized la…
I first introduced you to our growing “blueways” network back in 2011. Since then a tidal wave of progress has swept over the Calumet region, and as our warmer days approach, it’s high time to highlight the great progress in water trail development in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.
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