Thursday,March 23, 2017

1:30 p.m. - NIRPC Lake Michigan Room

Mayor Joe Stahura,Chair · Kathy Kniola, Vice-Chair

1. Welcome and Introductions

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    1. South Shore Trails - Update

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    1. f'ealur-e Vr-esentativn: TAKE BIKE THE STREETS






A. NWI Paddling Association - Update

  1. 8Grab Bag

    1. Project Updates

    2. Emerging Trends Video

    3. General Anno uncements (upcoming rides, events, etc)


    4. Next 3PC Meeting - Thursday ,April 27, 2017 @ NIRPC

6. Adjournment


Committee Meeting rv NIRPC February 23, 2017


Members & Guests - Shannon Eason, Aaron Borngraber, Mark Schreiber, Robert Boklund, Jeff Sheridan, John Novacich, Tonya Garland, K-Todd Behling, Steve Antonett i, George Topoll, Chris Moore, Eric Ehn,Jessie Renslow, Craig Zandstra, Leslie Phemister, Lynda Lancaster, Al Walus, Sedrick Green, David Wright, Lauren Orchard

Staff - Mitch Barloga, Meredith Stilwell Mitch called the meeting to order.

  1. South Shore Trails Update - None

  2. Feature Presentation: Valpo Bicycle Share

The City of Valparaiso is set to launch Valpo Velocity, an app-based bike share program in partnership with Zagster, in April. A history of bike shares was given. Community benefits of bike shares include serving a variety of citizens, enhancing quality of life, alternative transportation, spurring tourism and providing community links. The bikes for the Valparaiso program were purchased for $1,800.00 per bike. While the Redevelopment Commission is funding the upfront cost the first year, since Valparaiso University wanted bike racks on campus they are providing enough money to fund five bikes.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and range from a logo on a bike basket to a whole system sponsor. Zagster recommended installing bike stations mainly in the downtown area to establish ridership and then the outskirts as the program takes hold. The first hour after checkout will be free,

with time resetting when the bike is returned to any station. During checkout bikes are able to be locked and unlocked at non-station bike racks using the app and features on the bike itself. The local process involves finding funding, including relevant community departments early on, deciding number of bikes, identifying best areas for rack locations, taking pictures, considering accessibility, community information sessions, establishing a name and logo and setting an installation date.


A. Greenways + Blueways 2020 Plan - Update

The Plan has been delayed due to updates prompted by feedback received during the public comment period. Hopes are to have a public comment period in April or May and approval of the Plan in June.


A. NWI Paddling Association -

Plans for 2017 events are being finalized. The 2017 Spring Rendezvous which will be March 19th at Hawthorne Park. A river-long plan is being worked on for where put-ins and take-outs are going to be along the Little Calumet east branch. Michigan City will be hosting a maintenance session on ADA kayak

launches in April. Michigan City has received a Lake Michigan Coastal Program Grant to install a second kayak launch on Trail Creek. While not ADA accessible, it will have some ADA components . It was cited that NWIPA is an amazing group to partner with. They were very helpful with the launch in the City of Gary.

Grab Bag

A. Project Updates

  1. Next 3PC Meeting is Thursday, March 23, 2017

The meeting adjourned at 2:35 .

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