HAMMOND | The Hammond Parks Department wants to hear opinions from residents about bringing the public bike sharing program Zagster to the city.

According to its website, Zagster – similar to the popular Divvy bike share program in Chicago – provides residents a fast and convenient way to get from point A to B with convenient stations throughout the community.

As of 2013, Northwest Indiana has 130 miles of bike trails in three counties and, in 2014, the city officially opened two pedestrian bridges: the Erie-Lackawanna Trail bridge spanning Columbia Avenue and 167th Street near Southeastern Avenue and the Monon Trail bridge over 165th Street and Lyman Avenue.

Spearheaded by Parks Administrator Donna Muta, the bike stations would likely be located at various points throughout the city – most notably near Wolf Lake Pavilion and the Dowling Park project, which will feature a 1.8 mile bike trail upon completion.

Muta said she hopes the program will grow to a point where a station can be placed closer to Purdue University Calumet, giving students an opportunity to ride to games at Dowling Park or to local businesses.

“Bike sharing programs are becoming increasingly popular in Indiana – most notably in locations such as Indianapolis, Carmel and West Lafayette. This program could be great for Hammond,” she said.

But before the program is implemented, feedback from residents is being sought. A  six-question survey is available through Friday on the main page of www.gohammond.com

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Annette is Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for two decades. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.