Paul Taylor

Active Transportation in Michiana

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Sep 052015

MACOG four county region

Active Transportation is the means of getting around by human energy, primarily walking and bicycling. According to the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG), this transportation mode promotes healthy people, a healthy environment, a healthy economy and mobility for all. There is growing interest in active transportation, not only in Michiana, but nationwide. With that in mind, MACOG is developing a Regional Active Transportation Connectivity Plan.

MACOG will analyze current networks and identify gaps in order to create a vision for active transportation in the region. They are looking for stakeholders: people who may be affected by increased active transportation. If you are interested in being involved in the planning process, they have asked that you send an email to, with the subject “Active Transportation Connectivity Plan”.

Spring Bike/Ped Counts lend credibility to earlier count data

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May 222015
Annualized Data Chart

Annualized Data Chart

May 14 marked the third year that bicycle and pedestrian traffic has been documented in Michiana. Counts were made at seven locations: all were within the norms established in the prior two years of counting, except for the Orange Street site where annualized bicycle traffic was the lowest since counting began in the summer of 2012.

The May 2015 counts were significantly lower than the same month in 2014. Weather may have been a factor. May 8, 2014 was a sunny 88°, while May 14, 2015 was cloudy and 63°. Direct comparisons could be made for 5 sites: all of them had reduced traffic by over half (55%).

The counts are conducted by volunteers, and adjustment factors are applied to annualize the counts. The Michiana counts are part of the National Bicycle/Pedestrian Documentation Project. The chart at the left shows the projected annualized traffic. Click on the chart to zoom in.

Notre Dame Cycling Races – volunteers needed

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Apr 122015

ND Cycling

Here is a chance for local bikers to help put Michiana in the cycling news.

The Notre Dame Cycling team is hosting the 2015 MWCCC Regional Championships on the weekend of April 25-26. Collegiate cyclists from across the Midwest will be coming to Niles, MI on Saturday for the Team Time Trial and Road Race on Saturday and to the Eddy St Commons just south of campus for the Criterium on Sunday. In order to have a successful and safe event, race organizers are looking for several volunteers on Saturday, April 25 to help with various duties to put on the race. If you are interested, please take a look at the sign up sheet below, which includes the locations and brief descriptions of the different volunteer duties. Breakfast and/or lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Jim Snitzer who is helping organize the race said “Please consider volunteering for the event and thank you for your support of the team!”

You can sign up for a shift here: 2015 Race Volunteer Signup

Bikes on the South Shore train – take a survey!

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Feb 192015

nictd-logoThe Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission has created a survey to find out whether residents are interested in the possibility of allowing bikes onto South Shore trains. The commission posted a press release to its website. The survey was reported by ABC57 news.

The BMC is encouraging cyclists to participate in the survey, even if an occasional  ride to downtown Chicago or Dunes Park for a day of riding is your only goal. You can read the details and  take the survey at