Thursday, June 6, 2019 – 1:30 PM

NIRPC Lake Michigan Room


1.0 Welcome and Introductions

2.0 Approval of Minutes of April 4, 2019 Meeting (pp. 1-2)

    1. NIRPC Business

    2. Public Health Presentation - Gabrielle Biciunas

    3. Presentation: Next Level Trails

3.2 Unified Planning Work Program

    1. Ped

    2. South Shore Trails – Update

    3. Presentation: Great American Rail Trail

    1. Pedal

    2. Presentation: Valpo Bike Friendly Community - Chuck Gleason

    1. Paddle

    2. NWI Paddling Association – Update

7.0. Grab Bag

    1. Emerging Trends Presentation

    2. Project Updates

    3. General Announcements (upcoming rides, events, etc.)

    4. Next 3PC Meeting – Thursday, October 3, 2019 @ NIRPC – 1:30 PM

8.0 Adjournment

Ped, Pedal & Paddle Committee Meeting NIRPC Lake Michigan Room

April 4, 2019

Members & Guests Brian Snedecor, Don Ensign, Ed Morales, Dave Shafer, Tom Fath, Brad Enslen, Jenny Orsburn, Bryan McCarty, Dean Button, Christine Williams, Teri Saltzman, Mark Schreiber, Chris Moore, John Novacich, Mark O’Dell, Jeff Sheridan, Dalia Zygas, Kelly Goodpaster, Jake Dammarell.

Staff – Mitch Barloga, Trey Wadsworth, Dominique Edwards, Mary Thorne

Brian Snedecor called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and self-introductions.

The minutes of the February 7, 2018 meeting were approved on a motion by Dave Shafer and a second by John Novacich.

NIRPC Business

Mitch Barloga presented an overview of the NWI 2050 Plan presented the draft NWI 2050 Plan which is out for public comment through April 30. The Plan examines trends and influences of the future including economy and place, environment, mobility, and people and leaders. It identifies strategies to pursue, investments to make, and progress to measure to achieve the vision for the region. This plan provides sixteen critical paths of action to be prepared for Northwestern Indiana’s future. The Plan is online at Information includes the Plan Storybook, the Plan in PDF format, a link for comments and information on the open houses and public hearings which will be held during the last full week of April.

Also out for public comment through April 30 is the 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program. It is on the NIRPC website at under the Transportation/2020-2024 TIP dropdown. All input from the public and the topical committees will be presented in a public comment report.

The Transportation Conformity Determination for the NWI 2050 Plan and 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program can be found on the NIRPC website under the Environmental - Air Quality drop down. It is also open for public comment through April 30.


South Shore Trails Update No report was given.


Mitch Barloga gave a presentation about a conference he attended in Bentonville, Arkansas on collaborative regional trail initiatives where rail safety issues were also highlighted. This northwest part of the state has built an impressive network of bicycle

infrastructure, thanks, in part, to the Walton Family Foundation, which is headquartered in Bentonville. That region’s trails comprise a network of about 350 miles of shared-use and mountain biking trails, including more than 130 miles of shared-use paved paths. In 2017, cycling brought an estimated $137 million in economic benefits to the area


Mitch Barloga said the Annual Rendezvous will be held at Hawthorne Park in Porter on April 7th at 11:30 a.m. There will be no kayaking.

Project Updates –

Mitch Barloga said 11 entities are involved in a single infrastructure project for signage on trails on the Erie Lackawanna Trail in Lake County and the Prairie Duneland Trail in Porter County. It will be let in January. The contractor is Hawk Enterprises.

General Announcements

The next meeting is scheduled for T hursday, June 6, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lake

Michigan Room at NIRPC. It was noted that if committee business necessitates, an earlier meeting can be scheduled.

On a motion by Mark O’Dell and a second by John Novacich, Brian Snedecor adjourned the meeting at 2:25 p.m.