Northwest Indiana Greenways & Blueways

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Mitch Barloga from NW Indiana Greenways & Blueways was the speaker at 4/8/13 Green Drinks in Valparaiso. He talked about ways the region is trying to be more user-friendly for non-motorized transporation.

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Northwest Indiana Greenways & Blueways

  1. 1. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) reported that the UnitedStates has a $2.2 TRILLION shortfall in maintaining infrastructure
  2. 2. A survey of 2,000 recent home buyers was co-sponsored by the NationalAssociation of Home Builders and the National Association of Realtors – April 2002
  3. 3. TrailsRoad Transits Federal Transportation FundsAviation Freigh t Safety
  4. 4. BY LAND…• Currently 85 miles of paved trails in NWI (Approx. 13 miles in 1990)• All or part of 9 trail corridors are operational• Approx. 52 miles funded for imminent development• Approx. 6 miles slated for construction start in 2013• Planned vision of 28 Priority Corridors spanning 500 miles of off-road trails• Currently 600+ miles of Shared Route (Porter & LaPorte Counties)
  5. 5. Where Can I Park?!
  6. 6. Complete Streets• The Complete Streets concept is an initiative to design and build roads that adequately accommodate all users of a corridor, including pedestrians, bicyclists, users of mass transit, people with disabilities, the elderly, motorists, freight providers, emergency responders, and adjacent land users.• Currently 130 adopted nationwide, with three MPO’s in Indiana
  7. 7. BY SEA…• 15 potential water trail routes identified in 2007 Greenways & Blueways Plan• RLake Michigan Water Trail brochure – Revised in June, 2011• Explored regional routes along Little Calumet and Kankakee Rivers• Kankakee Water Trail Map – April 2011• Worked on local routes in Lowell, Dyer, Portage & Michigan City• Local Route on Little Calumet River in Porter• Campsite along Kankakee River in LaPorte 2013
  8. 8. Indiana
  9. 9. PennsyGreenwayNorthwest
  10. 10. Gary Green Links Plan
  11. 11. C&O Trail
  12. 12. Oak Savannah Trail Planned ConnectionErieLackawannaTrail Erie-Lackawanna/Oak-Savannah Connection
  13. 13. PorterBrickyardTrail
  14. 14. American Discovery Trail
  15. 15. Thank You! Mitch Barloga, AICP Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (219) 763-6060 mbarloga@nirpc.org

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