Search / Found (28)
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.
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.
Another year has crossed the finish line, and no doubt a metric ton of New Year’s resolutions to live healthier awaits. Lucky for us, our growing trail network offers everyone an opportunity to actually stick with these commitments.
Northwest Indiana boasts a number of outstanding leaders who have brought a passion toward bettering our economic climate and quality of life. At the end of this month, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission Executive Director John Swanson, my boss, will retire from his position t…
The 2012 Quality of Life Indicators Report provides a snapshot of a number of indicators, or socioeconomic factors, demonstrating progress or regression in these areas. It includes a number of “call to action” ideas to move our region forward. One Region is to be commended.
Arriving at the Long Beach, Calif., convention center, I settled myself in for the start of the conference. Up first was Fred Kent, with the Project for Public Spaces. No sooner do I take my first sip of coffee when I hear him say, “If you build around cars, you get more cars. If you build a…
This coming weekend, the inaugural Whiting Hammond After Midnight, or WHAM Ride, will take place.
Last year I took part in my first night bike ride in Valparaiso. I was utterly fascinated with the surreal experience of gliding through neighborhoods amid a sea of LED bicycle lights providing a warm glow upon the dark streets. Being in the middle of the pack, the blinking red back lights i…
With National Trail Day being last Saturday (and with the immaculate weather I certainly hope you enjoyed a trail or two), I would like to focus on a major regional initiative.
In 2008, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission released the first bicycle route map for Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. At the time, we printed roughly 100,000 copies, which were free of charge. These turned out to be hugely popular, and within two years we had run out of …
Time for a brief civics lesson. I'll be gentle.
Since my mum is a purebred Brit, I have been blessed to have visited England many times during my life. During these times on the island, I enjoyed many unique pleasures. Those included visiting ancient castles, entering a pub at 14 (not drinking, mind you), and experiencing a traffic contro…
Ah, winter. These frigid months provide a daily challenge to our quality of life. A couple of months ago, I wrote about riding your bike in the winter, which is very much doable. So much so that our neighbor to the north, Minneapolis, has taken over the mantra as the most bicycle-friendly ci…
A couple of months ago, I wrote about contacting candidates for elected office regarding their views on nonmotorized issues. I made it a point to emphasize this because our elected officials play a significant role in effecting change in a community. This should be obvious.
Sometime ago, I heard the phrase, "It's not cold outside. It's how you dress." When it comes to bicycling in our harsh winter climate, this wisdom certainly holds true.
Tuesday is Election Day. Some look forward to this much like oral surgery, which is sad. True, over the years a once-sacred process of our democracy has evolved into a cacophony of negative ads and finger-pointing. Becoming familiar with our candidates, however, offers a great opportunity fo…
About a month ago, at the tender age of 42, I rode a horse for the first time. Other than cluing you in on my deprived childhood, I mention this because my job is that of a "non-motorized" transportation planner.
Most of us know that in "Back to the Future," Michael J. Fox was transported to the year 1955. Interestingly, a vast majority of children either walked or biked to their local school then -- no matter what grade level.
When we think of canoeing and kayaking, we usually picture such an activity taking place along a river or lake among a majestic landscape as those found in Canada and the Rockies, or perhaps within a beautiful state or national park. If I told you that excellent paddling opportunities exist …
By the early 1900s, Chicago was well established as the premier railroad hub for the Midwest. These railroads helped build a majority of our Northwest Indiana municipalities. However, by the 1980s, about half of these railroads were abandoned due to an increased reliance on truck traffic. Se…
May is National Bike Month. With all the Hallmark holidays and such that cloud our calendars, you probably overlooked this. Fair enough, but this affords me an opportunity to delve from extolling the benefits of bicycling to a simple and overlooked issue — how to ride a bike.
Last month, I wrote about creating a "nonmotorized culture" in Northwest Indiana. This is quite the ambitious vision considering our car-happy attitudes.
"America is growing ... fat." Back in 2005, I made this quip within the pages of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission's 2005 Ped & Pedal Plan, which highlighted strategies to help our region bike and walk more. The 2010 update to this plan has just been completed, and th…
The debate was fierce at the Crown Point Plan Commission that night. A developer was challenging their wisdom in requiring a short stretch of sidewalk along the main drag accessing his proposed subdivision. There were no other sidewalks nearby, but the street accessed several existing subdiv…
President, Veterans Memorial Parkway Commission,
Follow The Times
Call today for details! 219-763-4247
We are a licensed, bonded, and insured business that provides …
Geothermal heating and cooling systems use 40-60% less energy than conventional systems. Learn more about what it might save you today!
We deal with several different suppliers, such as SR Smith, Ha…
- 1 Roof blows off LOFS house, vehicles overturn during storm
- 2 Residents, officials surveying damage in wake of Wednesday night storms
- 3 Paula Cooper: Convicted of murder at 15, a Gary woman prepares for her 2013 release
- 4 Gary woman sentenced to die at 16 to be released from prison
- 5 Woman fatally stabbed in C.P. domestic dispute
Should Lake County have continued to pursue the trash-to-ethanol proposal?
- Valparaiso Basketball What If... (2011-12 Edition)June 17, 2013 5:06 pm
- LIVE: RailCats vs. Quebec, waiting out the rainJune 12, 2013 8:52 pm
- LIVE: RailCats hope to keep winning ways vs. QuebecJune 11, 2013 5:00 pm
- Valparaiso Basketball What If... (2012-13 edition)June 10, 2013 10:30 am