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IMPLEMENTATION

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I M P L E M E N T A T I O N

GOALS, OBJECTIVES & POLICIES

The following represents a summary of the goals, objectives, policies and

activities that have been carried forward from previous plans (2005 and 2010 Ped & Pedal Plans), and feedback from numerous regional stakeholders during listening sessions and NIRPC meetings.

The theme of these goals relate to the topics as covered in the Conservation, Recreation and Transportation chapters of the G&B 2020 Plan.

The goals are broken down into elements which help facilitate implementation and track their progress. These elements include:


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CONSERVATION

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GOAL C1: Encourage and promote the preservation of natural or naturalized conservation buffers and conservation corridors protecting and linking Northwest Indiana high quality priority conservation areas across the landscape


Objective C-1.1: Identify and Map Natural Ecological Communities currently remaining outside of conservation management


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Field check and inventory natural communities identified through GIS Analysis

Seek funding for ecological inventories

Seek funding for ecological inventories & allow ecological inventory on private lands

Seek funding for ecological inventories

Allow ecological inventory and share habitat manage- ment infor- mation

Allow ecological inventory on private lands

Seek funding for ecological inventories

Seek fund- ing for ecological inventories and de- velop data sharing mecha- nisms

Seek fund- ing for ecological inventories & allow ecological inventory on private lands

B

Educate Public and Decision Makers about the public and economic value of undeveloped natural areas

Receive presenta- tions on ecosystem services values.

Incorporate Ecosystem Services into land use plan- ning.

Develop brochures and educa- tional pro- grams on locally specific ecosystem services values.

Develop brochures and educa- tional pro- grams on locally specific ecosystem services values.

Develop brochures and educa- tional pro- grams on locally specific ecosystem services values.

C

Update Mitigation Priority maps and planning documents.

Update Mitigation opportuni- ties and priorities maps

Update Mitigation opportuni- ties and priorities maps

Update Mitigation opportuni- ties and priorities maps

Performance Measures

  • Regional consensus map of existing natural communities integrated into Planning & Environmental Linkages Mitigation maps

  • # of presentations given to local decision makers about ecosystem services valuations in their jurisdictions


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Objective C-1.2: Promote acquisition or protection of conservation buffers surrounding and conservation corridors connecting existing lands managed for conservation


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Encourage cooperative planning and partnerships between local park departments and conservation land owners

Reach out to other land owners when engaging in park

planning or aquisition

Reach out to local park de- partments when plan- ning aquisi- tions

B

Pursue strategic open space acquisition that provides opportunities to expand existing open spaces and improve network connectivity for

the benefit of wildlife and

biodiversity.

Plan for additional right of way acquisition in project funds.

Work with partners on mapping and coordi- nation

Plan for additional right of way acquisition in project budgets.

Work with partners on mapping and coordi- nation

Performance Measures

  • # Acres of land in conservation management

  • # Acres of transitional zone lands in recreational, low impact, or conservation development buffers surrounding conservation lands

  • # Miles of greenway corridors in native landscaping


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Objective C-1.3: Incorporate protection of conservation buffer areas and conservation corridors into local planning and ordinances


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Encourage concentration of new growth around and away from infrastructure

Adopt con- servation ordinances or zoning

Integrate preserved open spaces into new neigh- borhoods

B

Adopt incentives for private property owners and developers to preserve areas adjacent to or connecting to conservation lands in native plantings

Adopt stormwater fee re- bates, tax incentives, or density bonuses to encour- age private conserva- tion devel- opment.

Maintain native habitat areas ad- jacent to conserva- tion lands.

Maintain native habitat areas ad- jacent to conserva- tion lands.

Maintain native habitat areas ad- jacent to conserva- tion lands through conserva- tion devel- opment and cluster develop- ment

Maintain native habitat areas ad- jacent to conserva- tion lands.

Educate lo- cal govern- ments on the value of incentiv- izing con- servation on private lands. Pro- vide techni- cal support.

Performance Measures

  • # of municipalities with conservation development ordinances or zoning

  • # of municipalities with habitat conservation incentives in place

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Objective C-1.4: Promote and support habitat restoration and invasive species management on utility right of way managers. (Related to T-6.1)


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Promote and encourage invasive management on utility rights of way

Participate in con- servation friendly RoW man- agement working group

Participate in con- servation friendly RoW man- agement working group

Participate in con- servation friendly RoW man- agement working group

Participate in con- servation friendly RoW man- agement working group

B

Promote native plantings on utility rights of way

Participate in con- servation friendly RoW man- agement working group

Participate in con- servation friendly RoW man- agement working group

Participate in con- servation friendly RoW man- agement working group

Participate in con- servation friendly RoW man- agement working group

Performance Measures

  • # of partnerships with utility right of way managers and conservation partners


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GOAL C2: Increase public access to natural ecological communities and conservation lands through conservation corridors.


Objective C-2.1: Increase the conservation functions of existing parks, recreational areas, open space, and trails


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Increase naturalized and native landscaping along existing trails and in parks and open spaces

Include habitat goals in local park plans

Include habitat goals in landscape manage- ment plans

Provide technical support for develop- ment of manage- ment plans.

Include habitat goals in landscape manage- ment plans

Include habitat goals and conserva- tion set asides in new devel- opments

Include habitat goals in landscape manage- ment plans

Provide technical support and/or funding for develop- ment and implemen- tation of manage- ment plans

Include habitat goals in landscape manage- ment plans

B

Develop and Implement invasive plant management plans in trail corridors, parks, and open spaces

Work with Northwest Indiana Coopera- tive Weed Manage- ment Net- work

Work with Northwest Indiana Coopera- tive Weed Manage- ment Net- work

Provide technical support for develop- ment of manage- ment plans.

Work with Northwest Indiana Coopera- tive Weed Manage- ment Net- work

Work with Northwest Indiana Coopera- tive Weed Manage- ment Net- work

Provide technical support and/or funding for manage- ment plans

Work with Northwest Indiana Coopera- tive Weed Manage- ment Net- work

C

Partner with conservation organizations to fund and implement long term

maintenance and invasive species management

Work with Northwest Indiana Coopera- tive Weed Manage- ment Net- work

Work with Northwest Indiana Coopera- tive Weed Manage- ment Net- work

Provide Technical Support to other land owners

Work with Northwest Indiana Coopera- tive Weed Manage- ment Net- work

Work with Northwest Indiana Coopera- tive Weed Manage- ment Net- work

Provide technical support and fund- ing for local invasive week man- agement

Work with Northwest Indiana Coopera- tive Weed Manage- ment Net- work

Performance Measures

  • Miles of Recreational Trails with managed native landscaping

  • Acres of public parks and private open space in native landscaping adjacent to or connecting managed conservation lands

  • # of Cooperative Conservation Management Agreements in place in conservation hubs with fragmented land ownership


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Objective C-2.2: Promote and establish the formation of Greenway Centers to increase public access to conservation lands.


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Identify key locations,existing and proposed for “Greenway Centers,” ideally at the intersections of trails, water trails, conservation lands, and public parks

Participate in mapping to Identify suit- able Green- way Center locations

Mapping, facilitation to Identify suit- able Green- way Center locations

B

Plan for and Invest in additional amenities at Greenway Centers,

especially those called for in IDNR 2013 Lake

Michigan Coastal Program Public Open Space Needs Assessment

Enhance ameni- ties and

wayfinding to create Greenway Centers at existing pub- lic parks

Enhance ameni- ties and

wayfinding to create Greenway Centers

at existing conservation areas

Enhance ameni- ties and

wayfinding to create Greenway Centers at existing pub- lic parks

Enhance ameni- ties and

wayfinding to create Greenway Centers at existing pub- lic parks

C

Plan for new Greenway Centers with amenities at gaps in the regional open space access networkw

Explore new public parks at regional gaps in ac- cess to the Greenway network

Explore new public amenities for public access in preserves where ap- propriate

Explore inclu- sion of public amenities

for access to adjacent greenways

Explore new public amenities for public access on campuses adjacent to greenways

Explore new public amenities for public access in preserves where ap- propriate

Explore new public amenities for public access on campuses adjacent to greenways

Develop public or private eco-tourism infrastructure at Greenway Centers

Invest in wayfinding and other ecotourism supportive infrastructure

Explore en- trepreneurial approaches to ecotour- ism

Explore en- trepreneurial approaches to ecotour- ism

Invest in wayfinding and other ecotourism supportive infrastructure

Invest in wayfinding and other ecotourism supportive infrastructure

Explore en- trepreneurial approaches to ecotour- ism

Performance Measures

  • # of Greenway Centers that are mutually and conveniently accessible to trails, water trails, conservation lands and have infrastructure to promote public enjoyment of same

  • # of amenity enhancement projects at existing parks and greenway access points

  • # of ecotourism businesses adjacent to Greenway Centers

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GOAL C3: River and stream reaches within Regionally Significant Conservation Areas, Locally Significant Conservation Corridors

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or priority blueways will have riparian conservation buffers.


Objective C-3.1: Protect streambank and riparian habitat areas, limit active use of sensitive shoreline & streambank with significant buffers.


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Provide local protection of riparian corridors through planning, zoning and land management practices

Adopt ripar- ian buffer setbacks and protec- tion ordi- nances

Maintain native plantings in buffer areas adjacent to streams

Maintain native plantings in buffer areas adjacent to streams

Maintain native plantings in buffer areas adjacent to streams

Maintain native plantings in buffer areas adjacent to streams

Maintain native plantings in buffer areas adjacent to streams

Educate on the value of ripar-

ian setback ordinances and pro- vide model ordinances. Mapping, technical support

Maintain native plantings in buffer areas adjacent to streams

B

Adopt incentives for private property owners and developers to preserve riparian buffers in native plantings

Adopt storm- water fee rebates, tax incentives, or density bonuses to encourage private ripar- ian buffers

Maintain native plantings in buffer areas adjacent to streams

Maintain native plantings in buffer areas adjacent to streams

Educate on the value of incentiv- izing ripar- ian buffer

conservation on private lands. Pro- vide techni- cal support

C

Plan and design channel

modification activities to mitigate negative physical, chemical and habitat impacts, restore

natural hydrology patterns

Plan and design chan- nel modifica- tion activities to mitigate negative impacts, re- store natural hydrology patterns

Plan and design chan- nel modifica- tion activities to mitigate negative impacts, re- store natural hydrology patterns

Plan and design chan- nel modifica- tion activities to mitigate negative impacts, re- store natural hydrology patterns

Plan and design chan- nel modifica- tion activities to mitigate negative impacts, re- store natural hydrology patterns

Plan and design chan- nel modifica- tion activities to mitigate negative impacts, re- store natural hydrology patterns

Mapping, facilitation collabora- tion for mitigation, technical support

Performance Measures

  • # of communities with floodplain protection ordinances

  • # of communities with riparian setback ordinances or riparian zoning overlays

  • # of communities with riparian conservation incentives to private owners and developers


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Objective C-3.2: Reduce development encroachment in floodplains, wetlands, and riparian buffers.


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Avoid development in

floodplains

Improve zon- ing and de- velopment ordinances to preclude develop- ment in floodplains

Avoid build- ing within flood plains

Prioritize acquisition in flood plains

Plan devel- opments with conser- vation buf- fers around waterways

Avoid build- ing within floodplains

Avoid build- ing within floodplains

B

Adopt riparian buffer setbacks and protection ordinances

Adopt ripar- ian setback ordinances or overlay districts

Educate lo- cal govern- ments on the value of riparian

setback ordi- nances

C

Pursue Opportunities to restore and expand existing wetlands

Seek funding to restore wetlands

on public property

Seek funding to restore wetlands

on public property

Purchase wetland property. Participate in wetland mitigation planning ef- forts. Pursue funding for wetland restoration

Seek funding to restore wetlands

on public property

Educate lo- cal govern- ments on the value of pre- serving both wetlands

for flood protection, stormwater storage, and water quality.

Participate in wetland mitigation planning ef- forts

Seek funding to restore wetlands

on public property

Performance Measures

  • # of communities with floodplain protection ordinances

  • # of communities with riparian setback ordinances or riparian zoning overlays

  • # of communities with wetland protection ordinances

Objective C-3.2: Reduce development encroachment in floodplains, wetlands, and riparian buffers.


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Avoid development in

floodplains

Improve zon- ing and de- velopment ordinances to preclude develop- ment in floodplains

Avoid build- ing within flood plains

Prioritize acquisition in flood plains

Plan devel- opments with conser- vation buf- fers around waterways

Avoid build- ing within floodplains

Avoid build- ing within floodplains

B

Adopt riparian buffer setbacks and protection ordinances

Adopt ripar- ian setback ordinances or overlay districts

Educate lo- cal govern- ments on the value of riparian

setback ordi- nances

C

Pursue Opportunities to restore and expand existing wetlands

Seek funding to restore wetlands

on public property

Seek funding to restore wetlands

on public property

Purchase wetland property. Participate in wetland mitigation planning ef- forts. Pursue funding for wetland restoration

Seek funding to restore wetlands

on public property

Educate lo- cal govern- ments on the value of pre- serving both wetlands

for flood protection, stormwater storage, and water quality.

Participate in wetland mitigation planning ef- forts

Seek funding to restore wetlands

on public property

Performance Measures

  • # of communities with floodplain protection ordinances

  • # of communities with riparian setback ordinances or riparian zoning overlays

  • # of communities with wetland protection ordinances

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Objective C-3.3: Increase riparian lands in public ownership to manage conservation corridors and increase recreational access to water- ways.


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Acquire riparian properties for conservation and public recreational access and use

Acquire riparian properties for conser- vation and public rec- reational use

Acquire riparian properties for conser- vation use

Acquire riparian properties for conser- vation use

Acquire riparian properties for conser- vation and public rec- reational use

Acquire riparian properties for conser- vation use

B

Increase purchases of conservation easements or public access easements on riparian properties

Purchase conserva- tion ease- ments in riparian properties

Offer land for public acces or conserva- tion

Purchase conserva- tion ease- ments in riparian properties

Allow pub- lic access for active and pas- sive recre- ation

Allow con- servation easements in new de- velopments

Performance Measures

  • Miles of riparian stream corridors in public ownership


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GOAL R1: Encourage and promote regional coordination and planning in trail development


Objective R1-1: Inventory and evaluate existing and potential trail corridors in NW Indiana


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Continue to maintain & update “Regional Priority Corridors Map”

Participation in 3PC

Participation in 3PC

Participation in 3PC

Participation in 3PC

Participation in 3PC

Participation in 3PC

NIRPC hold monthly 3PC meetings

Participation in 3PC

B

Determine if existing trail corridors are feasible for development

Protect abandoned rail corridors

Work with local gov’t & land trusts

Purchase property & work with municipali- ties

Make avail- able for trails through agreements

If corridor available, incorporate in develop- ment

If corridor available, incorporate in site plan

Work with local gov’t and map

Make avail- able for trails through agreements

C

Analyze waterways for canoe and kayak feasibility and access points

Work with NWIPA and incorporate in plans

Allow water access for canoes and kayaks

Purchase land for launches

Allow water access for canoes and kayaks

Provide launches in new devel- opments

Allow water access for canoes and kayaks

Plan for increased access to waterways

Allow water access for canoes and kayaks

D

Collaborate with entities and local landowners on new trail corridors

Work with property owners

Work with munici- palities on donation or compensa- tion

Work with landowners on ease- ment or purchase

Make avail- able for trails through agreements

Work with lo- cal planning offices on corridors

Work with lo- cal planning offices on corridors

Assist local and county municipali- ties with new trails

Work with lo- cal planning offices on corridors

E

Involve South Shore Trails and NW Indiana Paddling Association in building citizen coalitions

Reach out and collabo- rate on new plans and ordinance creation

Join SST and NWIPA to

advance re- gional goals

Collaborate on similar visions and develop mutual strat- egies

Invite to help plan for expansion of recreational

opportunities

Collaborate on new de- velopment designs

Partner with sponsorships and/or sup- port events and projects

Invite to stakeholder groups for planning and funding

Contact for teaching or training op- portunities

Performance Measures

  • # of miles of additional trail built in Priority Corridors

  • # of corridors which turn blue, or completed, on “Regional Priority Trails and Corridors Map”

  • # of new trail corridors added to map

  • Amount of boat launches developed for canoes and kayaks

  • # of meetings with private landowners regarding adjacent trail development

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Objective R1.2: Encourage consideration of trails into local and regional development review procedures


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Promote trail corridor networks in local comprehensive plans

Adopt

trail-friendly language

Promote best prac- tices for lo- cal govern- ments

B

Amend local ordinances to mandate trails in

new subdivisions where feasible

Update zoning and subdivision codes

Work with local gov’ts on progres- sive designs

Promote best prac- tices for lo- cal govern- ments

C

Mandate connections to existing trails for new subdivisions

Update subdivision codes

Incorpo- rate con- nections to trails in design

Promote concepts to local gov’ts

D

Develop minimum design standards for consistent trail development at both local and regional scale

Incorporate in subdivi- sion and zoning codes

Design subdivisions with best practices

Mandate standards for feder- ally-aided projects

E

Encourage local entities to involve regular citizen input on new trail creation and upkeep of existing facilities

Create citizen led group with public en- tity input on trails

Encour- age local officials to involve citizens in

trail devel- opment

Encour- age local officials to involve citizens in

trail devel- opment

Encour- age citizen input at regional planning level

Performance Measures

  • # of new Comprehensive Plans adopted with trails prioritized in new developments

  • # of subdivision or related ordinances revised to reflect trail placement in new developments

  • # of new canoe and kayak launches created in new developments

  • # of new trail advocate groups formed between citizens and local officials

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Objective R1.3: Cooperation with interstate entities


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Foster consistent communication with partner MPO’s in Chicago (CMAP) and SW Michigan (SWMPC)

Continue to invite to regional meetings (TPC, 3PC,

etc)

B

Review bi-state trail planning initiatives including the development of the tri- state Marquette Greenway

Cooperate with Chi- cago and Michigan partners regularly

C

Consult with non- motorized advocate groups on garnering support for multi-state trail initiatives (Active Transportation Alliance, Trails for Illinois, Harbor Country Trails)

Work with both local entities and NIRPC on a consistent basis for trail devel- opment

Invite advocates to NIRPC

meetings and attend theirs regu- larly

Performance Measures

  • # of meetings annually between CMAP and SWMPC officials regarding cross-state trail coordination

  • # of meetings between NIRPC staff and neighboring advocate groups in Illinois and Michigan


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GOAL R2: Promote the benefits of trails


Objective R2-1: Produce products that guide and educate region residents on trails


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Update and distribute the Greenways & Blueways Map

Have copies at municipal offices

Promote map to friends and family

Promote to members

Sponsor maps

Use maps to plan trails at de- velopments

Sponsor maps and distribute at local of- fices

Update and distrib- ute map every 4 years

Distribute at schools and cam- puses

B

Collaborate with local entities on signage promoting proper use of trails

Develop signage plan with installation and design

Encourage local enti- ties to install signage and assist

Allow sig- nage along corridors

Incorporate signage in new devel- opments

Promote NIRPC

Unified Wayfind- ing Guide for federal projects

Work with locals on signage on campus and cam- pus loca- tions

C

Update current, and develop new maps for water trails

Work with NWIPA on

maps

Promote map to friends and family

NWIPA to

take lead on map develop- ments

Sponsor new maps

Use maps to plan launches at new devel- opments

Sponsor new maps

Seek new map op- portunities with NWIPA and help with fund- ing

Distribute at schools and cam- puses

Performance Measures

  • # of copies of Greenways & Blueways Map printed and distributed per year

  • # Number of water trail maps (Lake Michigan and Kankakee River) distributed per year

  • # Number of safety signs installed along regional trail routes


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Objective R2.2: Promote the development of amenities and wayfinding to accommodate trail users


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Promote Unified Trail Wayfinding Guide to all entities

Adopt standards for local trail projects

Promote standards in region

Incorporate designs on trails within corridors

Use guide for signage design at new devel- opments

Use guide for wayfinding to properties from trails

Educate re- gion entities on guide

Use guide for wayfinding on cam- puses

B

Mandate all new federally-aided trail projects to use standards in Unified Trail Wayfinding Guide

Incorporate costs in fed- eral applica- tions

Promote standards when advo- cating

Mandate for all federally- aided trail programs

C

Fabricate and install signage along waterways using NIRPC’s Water Trail Signage Manual

Use guide on water trail access and routes

Allow sig- nage on property along water trails

NWIPA to

promote de- sign manual on routes

Allow sig- nage on property along water trails

Incorporate designs in new devel- opments

Allow sig- nage on property along water trails

Promote guide to all regional entities for

implementa- tion

Allow sig- nage on property along water trails

Encourage the use of public art along trail corridors

Contact local high schools or colleges to promote art

Sponsor art projects

South Shore Arts to work with schools and local entities on projects

Sponsor art projects

Collaborate with local artists with trails in de- velopments

Collaborate with local artists with trails on property and sponsor

Promote national best practices and work with local entities on implementa- tion

Art students to work with local entities on projects

– schools to sponsor

Promote innovative trail design amenities

(benches, shelters, etc.)

Incorporate new designs in local proj- ects

Work with communities to sponsor amenity

Collaborate with local entities new facilities

Install new amenities within cor- ridors

Incorporate amenities in new devel- opments

Install new amenities on trails on property

Encourage amenities on trails region- wide

Install new amenities on trails on property

Performance Measures

  • # of local entities who promote Unified Trail Wayfinding Guide standards on local trail facilities

  • Inclusion of Guide standards in all NIRPC-attributed project solicitations for new trails

  • # of signs installed along regional water trails

  • Amount of public art projects initiated along regional trail corridors

  • # of new amenities (benches, water fountains, restrooms, etc) installed along particular trail in given year


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Objective R2.3: Involve “non-traditional” partners to the trail development process


Policy


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Invite health providers an opportunity to promote trail benefits

Collabo- rate with local hospitals on wellness programs

Collabo- rate with health providers on support for trails

Incorporate wellness programs at office locations

Incorporate wellness programs at office locations

Invite health providers to NIRPC

topical committee meetings

Collabo- rate with health providers to improve curriculum

B

Dialogue with local foundations on creative funding strategies

Meet with foundation represen- tatives on mutual trail strategies

Contribute on behalf of trail de- velopment to local foundation

Partner with foundations on fund- ing trails or amenities

Work with foundations on match- ing monies for trails

Work with foundations on match- ing monies for trails

Work with foundations on match- ing monies for trails

Invite foun- dation rep- resentatives to NIRPC

meetings

Partner with foundations to produce funding programs

C

Partner with retail outlets who sell trail-related equipment on trail promotion campaigns

Partner with retailers to hold events and grow members

Contact retailers on strategies to promote trail use

D.

Seek support from local developers and local businesses on supporting existing and new trail facilities

Partner with businesses on amenity sponsorship and events

Shop at businesses that openly support trails

Partner with businesses on amenity sponsorship and events

Work with local enti- ties to sup- port trails and ameni- ties

Work with local enti- ties to sup- port trails and ameni- ties

Work with local enti- ties to sup- port trails and ameni- ties

Connect businesses and local entities on trail devel- opment

Performance Measures

  • # of meetings per year with health providers and their associates

  • Contact with each county community foundation in the NIRPC region

  • # of meetings with retail outlets and creation of partnerships to build interest in trails

  • # of meetings with local developers in region on promoting trails in their new proposals


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Objective R2.4: Promote best practices in operations and maintenance (O&M) of trails


Policy


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Encourage local officials to take part in O&M training

Seek train- ing for municipal staff in region and beyond

Encour- age local officials to attend training

Provide and/or inform lo- cal entities about train- ing oppor- tunities

B

Create a resource site on the NIRPC webpage promoting use of best O&M documents

Develop site on NIRPC web- page at Greenways & Blueways link

C

Continue policy of mandating progressive maintenance plan for all newly funded federally- aided trail projects

Improve ex- isting O&M plans to reflect na- tional best practices

Advocate for better trail mainte- nance poli- cies where deficient

Provide and/or inform lo- cal entities about best practices and aide in their imple- mentation

Performance Measures

  • # of O&M workshops facilitated by NIRPC

  • Outline for progressive maintenance plan highlighted in NIRPC-attributable federally-aided projects


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GOAL R3: Maintain funding priorities to allow for implementation of trails


Objective R3.1:Facilitate a collaborative regional-level decision-making environment


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Facilitate a collaborative regional-level decision- making environment

Participate at NIRPC

3PC meet- ings

Participate at NIRPC

3PC meet- ings

Engage regional stakehold- ers at meetings & workshops

B

Encourage participation at monthly Ped, Pedal and Paddle Committee (3PC) meetings

Send mu- nicipal trails representa- tive

Send repre- sentative

Promote 3PC meet- ings and attend regularly

C

Foster collaboration between regional stakeholders to prepare funding solicitations for federally-aided trail projects

Partner with other enti- ties on trail projects

of mutual interest

Encour- age local entities to submit trail applica- tions

Promote and assist federal funding programs for trails

Performance Measures

  • # of media and social outlets which notify public of monthly 3PC meetings

  • # of meetings with local entities on development of funding applications


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Objective R3.2: Encourage eligible entities to fund regionally significant routes


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Promote completion of routes as identified on the “Priority Regional Trails & Corridors Map”

Preserve and devel- op priority trail corri- dors

Advocate for preser- vation of corridors

Work with local enti- ties to de- velop linear corridors

Install trails in corridors along de- velopments or preserve right of way

Install or preserve trails in corridors adjacent to proper- ties

Encour- age priority routes to develop and re- vise map to gauge progress

Install or preserve trails in corridors adjacent to proper- ties

B

Collaborate with local entities on creative local match funding strategies

Work with founda- tions, chambers of com- merce, health, etc.

Consider donating corridors to local enti- ties

Assist local entities with grant writing and seeking funding

Grant agree- ments or easements on property for trail use

Grant agree- ments or easements on property for trail use

Continue to pro- mote new funding avenues for trails

Grant agree- ments or easements on property for trail use

Performance Measures

  • Progress towards partnerships with local foundations, hospitals and corporations on securing funding for trail development (local match or entire project)


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GOAL T1: Encourage and promote regional coordination and planning in non-motorized network development


Objective T1.1:Promote Complete Streets (CS) policies and practices in all regional and local transportation development decisions


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Encourage the adoption of Complete Streets resolutions or ordinances

Write, review and adopt CS policies

Advocate local entities to adopt CS policies

Provide technical assistance in crafting policies

B

Follow, where possible, nationally accepted or recommended design standards

Work with NIRPC, and research best prac- tices

Promote best prac- tices

Employ best practices

Promote CS best prac- tices and policies at NIRPC meet- ings

Collaborate with munici- pal entities on best practices

C

Hold annual workshops training local officials on the benefits of Complete Streets

Attend CS workshops both locally and region- ally

Attend CS workshops both locally and region- ally

Schedule CS training on regular basis

Host CS training on college campuses

Performance Measures

  • # of Complete Streets resolutions or ordinances adopted annually

  • # of municipal adoptions of NIRPC’s Complete Streets design guidelines (public domain document)

  • # of Complete Streets workshops held annually


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Objective T1.2: Incorporate consideration of bicycle and pedestrian accommodations into local and regional development review proce- dures.


PolicyActivity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Encourage multi-use, clustered land use development that results in more convenient bicycle and pedestrian access

Revise zon- ing and subdivision codes

Advocate for develop- ments that support clustered land use

Design new clustered develop- ments with bike and ped access

Promote and educate local entities on progres- sive land use design

Site new schools new established residential areas

B

Educate and promote non-motorized concepts and policies within vision

and regulation documents

Revise zon- ing and subdivision codes

Advocate for bike and ped access at local levels

Provide forum for learning with meetings and work- shops

Provide college-level classes on smart land use design

C

Encourage consideration of long-range maintenance plans for non-motorized facilities

Develop progressive mainte- nance poli- cies

Advocate for progres- sive main- tenance policies

Develop mainte- nance standards for POA’s

Develop mainte- nance plans for properties

Promote progressive mainte- nance poli- cies

D

Promote the development of a long-term sidewalk maintenance plan which inventories facilities in need of repair, or missing (gaps)

Develop policy that priori-

tizes mainte- nance and addresses sidewalk gaps

Work with local entities to fix or install new side- walks

Collaborate with local entities on developing mainte- nance plan

Work with local entities to fix or install new side- walks

Promote and educate on best policy practices

Work with local enti- ties to fix or install new sidewalks on campuses

Performance Measures

  • Progress with entities adopting NIRPC’s Creating Livable Centers (CLC) standards as described in 2040 Regional Comprehensive Plan

  • # of municipal comprehensive plans and ordinances which incorporate provisions for pedestrian and bicycle facilities

  • Adoption of maintenance plans for trails, sidewalks and related non-motorized facilities

  • # of multi-year sidewalk maintenance plans adopted annually

  • Miles of new bicycle lanes added annually

  • # of sharrows added annually

  • Miles of shared route (Class III) added annually

  • Percent of roadway miles with complete sidewalks or bicycle facilities on both sides

  • Percent of population within a ¼-mile network distance to sidewalk, trail or bike facility

  • Percent of transportation-disadvantaged population within a ¼-mile walking distance to sidewalk, trail or shared use path

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Objective T1.3:Reach out and involve “non-traditional” partners


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Involve health care providers, chambers of commerce, and other business associations in working at the regional level for non-motorized travel

Partner with non- traditional partners on policy de- velopment

and network funding

Begin dia- logue with local entities to advance non-motor- ized travel options

Collaborate with non- traditional stakehold- ers to assist progress at local levels

Begin dia- logue with local entities to advance non-motor- ized travel options

Begin dia- logue with local entities to advance non-motor- ized travel options

Contact non- traditional partners and educate

on how to advance policies

Work with non-

traditional partners of creating safer envi- ronments for children to bike and walk

B

Encourage municipal entities to partner with said stakeholders at local level, and involve them in advocacy committees to advance facility development

Educate stakeholders on how to be effective contributors

Promote benefits of collabo- ration

with non- traditional partners

Performance Measures

  • Adding contacts from the health care industry, tourism, civic organizations to NIRPC email list

  • # of annual meetings between local officials and non-traditional partners on promoting non-motorized issues

  • # of annual presentations before chambers of commerce and civic organizations on the benefits of non-motorized transportation


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Objective T1.4:Coordinate bicycle and pedestrian planning at all levels of government, particularly in the same geographic area


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Work with entities such as the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission, Indiana

Dunes National Lakeshore, Kankakee River Basin Commission and others

Reach out to government entities in community on partner- ship oppor- tunities

Collaborate with quasi- governmen- tal units on advancing bike and ped travel

Create part- nerships for where corri- dors interact with quasi- government lands

Partner with quasi-gov- ernmental agencies to advance bike and ped travel on properties or sponsor

Invite quasi- governmen- tal agencies to regional committee meetings and explore mutual goals

Facilitate dialogue with quasi- governmen- tal entities on educa- tion opportu- nities

B

Pursue legislative means to preserve and acquire abandoned rail corridors by local entities

Plan and codify provi- sions in local codes for corridor pres- ervation

Work with local entities on donations or purchase of corridors

Advocate preservation of trail cor- ridors

Work with local and state entities on donations or purchase of corridors

Promote state and local legisla- tive changes to preserve corridors

C

Encourage and assist in coordinating the

design and installation of wayfinding systems that are consistent throughout the non-motorized network

Develop design stan- dards for lo- cal network system

Promote wayfinding where ab- sent at local and county levels

Incorporate wayfinding per local plans in all new devel- opments

Install way- finding on properties where bike and ped networks exist

Promote use of Unified Trail Wayfind- ing Guide, and other signage standards in communities

Install way- finding on campuses where bike and ped networks exist

D

E

Performance Measures

  • # of annual meetings with representatives from governmental and quasi-governmental organizations

  • # of local ordinances amended to advance the preservation of abandoned rail corridors

  • Amount of new wayfinding elements installed


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GOAL T2: Improve connections between sub-regional and interstate networks & destinations


Objective R1-1: Inventory and evaluate existing and potential trail corridors in NW Indiana


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Research and identify existing and/or previous bikeway planning performed on a regional, county or local level

Provide lo- cal data on plans and policies for regional analysis

Assist with collecting data from government entities

Assemble plans at all levels of gov- ernment and analyze for connection opportunities

Assist with collection of data

B

Establish a process for identifying short local links to the regional trail network

Inventory gaps in local non-motor- ized network and report to NIRPC

Assist with collecting data from government entities

Collect data and digitize into GIS format for accessible research and report- ing

Performance Measures

  • Map areas where gaps exist between population areas and regional trails

  • # of new connections to trails made annually

  • Proportion of residences within a half-mile walking distance or 2-mile biking distance to specific key destinations, such as parks, business

districts or elementary or middle schools


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Objective T2.2:Complete links to major trip generators and enhance access to jobs


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Link to employment and retail centers, public transit stations and parks

Identify local trip gen- erators and employees

Advocate for connec- tions to trip generators

Collabo- rate with all government entities on connections to genera- tors

Collabo- rate with all government entities on connections to genera- tors

Encourage connec- tions to trip generators, especially Livable Cen- ters

Identify connections needed to schools and campuses

B

Make links accessible by bicycle within three miles and pedestrians within a half-mile of destination

Create mea- surable plans and policies to achieve objective

Hold local entities ac- countable and assist with route identification

Create new develop- ments near residential areas

Map and measure trip genera- tion zones and non- motorized distances

Fill in side- walk gaps near ele- mentary and secondary schools

C

Identify and map points of interest for recreational users and tourists to NW Indiana

Produce map of local attractions with bike routes ID’ed

Promote regional des- tinations and safe routes to them

Sponsor mapping and signage efforts

Sponsor mapping and signage efforts

Update Greenways & Blueways Map with regional des- tinations

Assist in measuring popularity of local desti- nations

Performance Measures

  • Linear feet of sidewalk improved or created in downtown districts and near parks

  • # of transit stops with improved or created sidewalks

  • Highlighting non-motorized networks and areas of interest on regional, county, and tourism maps

  • # of jobs accessed in less than 30 minutes using walking or bicycling


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Objective T2.3:Promote development of amenities to accommodate non-motorized users of all abilities


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Increase accessibility to people with disabilities by applying Universal Design (UD) standards

Consult with ADA guide- lines for street and sidewalk design.

Maintain sidewalks on property

Promote UD standards in new con- struction

Incorporate UD stan- dards in site develop- ment plans

Apply UD standards in their existing facilities

Promote ad- herence UD standards for new projects

Apply UD standards around campus

B

Encourage comfortable areas to walk and

bike with landscaping, decorative lighting and benches

Incorporate design poli- cies in plans and ordi- nances

Keep sidewalks in good shape

Promote best prac- tices at all levels of gov- ernment

Explore public use of corridors and work with lo- cal entities

Design bike and walk- friendly de- velopments

Create bike and walk- friendly envi- ronments

Promote best practic- es in regional plans and policies

Create bike and walk- friendly envi- ronments

C

Provide property bicycle parking near destinations, and encourage adoption of bicycle parking ordinances for new developments

Adopt bicy- cle parking ordinance

Promote bicycle park- ing ordi- nances

Design safe and secure bicycle park- ing close to entrances

Install safe and secure bicycle park- ing close to entrances

Promote bicycle park- ing model ordinances

Install safe and secure bicycle park- ing close to entrances

D

Promote facilities such as public restrooms and

water fountains, especially in areas of high bicycle and pedestrian activity

Install facilities where need dictates

Advocate for new or improved facilities

Sponsor develop- ment of new facilities

Incorporate new facilities in develop- ments

Sponsor develop- ment of new facilities

Promote new and improved facilities and use federal funding

Incorporate new facilities on cam- puses

Performance Measures

  • Percent of total street crossings that meet accessibility standards (e.g. curb ramps, crosswalk grade cross slope, and no median barriers)

  • # of new commercial developments in region annually that encourage safe pedestrian and bicycle movements

  • # of new bicycle parking ordinances adopted annually

  • Amount of amenities developed annually that cater to non-motorized travelers

  • # of communities who actively promote Universal Design standards in subdivision and building codes


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GOAL T3: Encourage and increase bicycle and pedestrian access to and from all transit and multi-modal facilities


Objective T3.1:Promote safe and convenient bike and pedestrian access


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Identify potential park- and-ride facilities that could be developed along and/or near non- motorized transportation networks

Work with transit agencies on design of facilities

Promote increased facilities along routes regionwide

Create facili- ties if devel- opments are along transit routes

Create access to properties if adjacent to transit routes

Identify gaps where new facilities

can be built along transit routes near networks

Create access to properties if adjacent to transit routes

B

Consideration of bicycle parking, signage, connected sidewalks, lighting and regular maintenance

Incorporate at or near transit stops

Encourage ameni-

ties where needed in region

Design con- nections to nearby tran- sit stops with amenities

Install con- nections to nearby tran- sit stops with amenities

Promote best design practices encouraging multi-modal connections

Install con- nections to nearby tran- sit stops with amenities

C

Promote the development of bicycle sharing programs at transit stations

Partner with transit agen- cies and bicycle retail on place- ment of shar- ing stations

Promote bicycle sharing at re- gional transit locations

Sponsor new bicycle sharing sta- tions where feasible in region

Identify tran- sit stations that could benefit from bicycle sharing, and secure fund- ing

Research need for sharing stations on campuses for transit access

Performance Measures

  • # of park-and-ride facilities with bicycle lockers installed

  • # of improved transit stops that are connected to streets, sidewalks or pedestrian paths by an accessible route and that have acces- sible boarding and alighting areas

  • Progress towards the installation of bicycle sharing ports near stations

  • Percent of transportation-disadvantaged population within a half-mile walking distance or 2-mile biking distance to a transit stop


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Objective T3.2:Collaborate with transit operators to promote and provide multi-modal capabilities on all routes and vehicles


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Accommodate bicycles on transit vehicles

Encour- age transit operators to install racks on buses

Expand Bikes on Trains South Shore Line to daily service (off- peak)

Promote bicycle ac- commoda- tions on all buses and trains

Install bike racks on all campus bus service lines

B

Expand transit system to provide stops at or near trail corridors, with trailheads to be developed at existing

transit stations and stops

Work with transit agencies to extend ser- vice to trail corridors

Inventory opportuni- ties for transit to connect with trail cor- ridors

Performance Measures

  • # of buses with bicycle racks installed

  • Expanding the South Shore Line’s Bikes on Trains program to include off-peak weekday service

  • Percent of population within a half-mile walking distance or 2-mile biking distance to a transit stop

  • Percent of transit stops that are accessible


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GOAL T4: Promote the benefits of bicycle and pedestrian networks


Objective T4.1:Update the Greenways + Blueways 2020 Plan and Map


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Distribute via all potential mediums

Have maps ready at all municipal facilities

Promote map and plan on so- cial media

Distribute map at places of business

Make maps available regionwide and mail to those out- side region – publish plan online

Distribute maps at campus facilities

B

Promote plan to all municipal entities within NIRPC three-county region

Collaborate with NIRPC on public input to planning process

Promote plan update and par- ticipate in public com- ment

Reach out to all of Green- ways Eight stakehold- ers on their feedback on plan before and after first draft

Involve college students in planning process

  • # of map copies distributed regionally in a given year

  • # of sponsors who support map development


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Objective T4.2:Create and/or expand public awareness and education programs with a particular focus on health and safety


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Focus on health, environmental, economic benefits, and other quality of life issues

Promote benefits in plans and newsletters

Collaborate with lo-

cal entities on public awareness

Market non- motorized benefits in new devel- opments

Promote corporate wellness programs

Promote benefits at regional meetings and work- shops

Update cur- riculum for educating on benefits

B

Coordinate with entities on awareness programs such as Safe Routes to School, Bike to Work and Air Quality public education programs

Work with NIRPC on

these pro- grams and implementa- tion strate- gies

Advocate programs at all levels of government and schools

Programs and events promoting bicycling to work

Promote and assist with events and programs regionwide

Develop Safe Routes to School programs and events

C

Educate law enforcement on violations involving both motorized and non- motorized movements and interactions

Educate police de- partments on Share the Road poli- cies

Promote Share the Road pro- grams police departments

Advance enforcement strategies to governments entities

Educate campus police on proper bicycling behavior

D

Promote bicycling and walking as legitimate transportation choices for commuting

Hold events encourag- ing bicycling and walking to work

Promote safe com- muting options in communities

Create de- velopments with Livable Centers

Create incentives to bike or walk to work

Assist with policies and best prac- tices

E

Expand and encourage safety education for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers alike

Hold bike rodeos for children and other programs

Develop safety guides for regional use

Make safety courses available for employees

Provide as- sistance and information to entities

Ask local police to conduct bike rodeos

Performance Measures

  • Non-motorized related events that take place in a given year

  • # of walking school bus programs at regional elementary and middle schools

  • Weekly updates on NIRPC Facebook and Twitter pages encouraging bicycling and walking

  • # of municipal programs teaching bicycle safety at schools

  • # of walking or biking trips

  • # of observed violations for motorists (failure to yield, distracted), bicyclists (failure to yield to pedestrians) and pedestrians (jaywalking)

  • # of bicycle-involved and/or pedestrian-involved crashes over five years

  • Collaboration with South Shore Trails to promote regional non-motorized network development

  • Conduct on-site surveys every year for pedestrians and bicyclists assessing perceptions of safety and user satisfaction

Objective T4.2:Create and/or expand public awareness and education programs with a particular focus on health and safety


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Focus on health, environmental, economic benefits, and other quality of life issues

Promote benefits in plans and newsletters

Collaborate with lo-

cal entities on public awareness

Market non- motorized benefits in new devel- opments

Promote corporate wellness programs

Promote benefits at regional meetings and work- shops

Update cur- riculum for educating on benefits

B

Coordinate with entities on awareness programs such as Safe Routes to School, Bike to Work and Air Quality public education programs

Work with NIRPC on

these pro- grams and implementa- tion strate- gies

Advocate programs at all levels of government and schools

Programs and events promoting bicycling to work

Promote and assist with events and programs regionwide

Develop Safe Routes to School programs and events

C

Educate law enforcement on violations involving both motorized and non- motorized movements and interactions

Educate police de- partments on Share the Road poli- cies

Promote Share the Road pro- grams police departments

Advance enforcement strategies to governments entities

Educate campus police on proper bicycling behavior

D

Promote bicycling and walking as legitimate transportation choices for commuting

Hold events encourag- ing bicycling and walking to work

Promote safe com- muting options in communities

Create de- velopments with Livable Centers

Create incentives to bike or walk to work

Assist with policies and best prac- tices

E

Expand and encourage safety education for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers alike

Hold bike rodeos for children and other programs

Develop safety guides for regional use

Make safety courses available for employees

Provide as- sistance and information to entities

Ask local police to conduct bike rodeos

Performance Measures

  • Non-motorized related events that take place in a given year

  • # of walking school bus programs at regional elementary and middle schools

  • Weekly updates on NIRPC Facebook and Twitter pages encouraging bicycling and walking

  • # of municipal programs teaching bicycle safety at schools

  • # of walking or biking trips

  • # of observed violations for motorists (failure to yield, distracted), bicyclists (failure to yield to pedestrians) and pedestrians (jaywalking)

  • # of bicycle-involved and/or pedestrian-involved crashes over five years

  • Collaboration with South Shore Trails to promote regional non-motorized network development

  • Conduct on-site surveys every year for pedestrians and bicyclists assessing perceptions of safety and user satisfaction

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Objective T4.3: Establish NIRPC as a resource for technical assistance to the local planning agencies as the local network connects to the regional bikeway system


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Continue to host Ped, Pedal and Paddle Committee (3PC) meetings as a regional roundtable promoting best practices

and encouraging implementation

Send representa- tives to 3PC meetings and other NIRPC

meetings and func- tions

Attend NIRPC

meetings to discover how to assist with regional goals

Send representa- tives to 3PC meetings and other NIRPC

meetings and func- tions

Consider attend- ing NIRPC meetings or working with staff on oppor- tunities

Consider attend- ing NIRPC meetings or working with staff on oppor- tunities

Consider attend- ing NIRPC meetings or working with staff on oppor- tunities

Continue to host 3PC and other events and workshops

Consider attend- ing NIRPC meetings having staff visit

campus for presenta- tion

B

Keep NIRPC website and social media up-to-date on progress

Monitor NIRPC

website for updates

Regularly check NIR- PC website

Monitor NIRPC

website for updates

Monitor NIRPC

website for updates

Assign NIRPC staff to keep current

Monitor NIRPC

website for updates

C

Create models tracking average trip lengths for walkers and bicyclists

Submit data to NIRPC if

possible

Help with research for NIRPC

Submit data on employees biking to work

Create models for measure- ments

Assist NIRPC with re- search

Performance Measures

  • Regular monthly meetings of NIRPC’s 3PC

  • Monthly review of NIRPC website to keep non-motorized information current

  • Produce aggregate average trip distance for all modes of travel, gauging potential for non-motorized travel


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Objective T4.4:Promote the provision of public access to bicycles


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Research options to install bicycle sharing ports

Look into locating ports where feasible

Promote in- stallation of ports where feasible

Research locations in region

where ports would be feasible

Look into new ports at campus locations

B

Collaborate with local entities to provide funding for bicycle sharing systems

Seek creative funding for ports

Assist local entities with funding op- portunities

Sponsor new port locations

Sponsor new port locations

Promote federal funding where fea- sible

Sponsor new port locations

Performance Measures

  • # of bicycle sharing ports opened annually


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Objective T4.5: Promote non-motorized transportation economic benefits


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Provide data on economic gains from nearby trails and walkable business districts

Collect sales data and jobs created

Conduct research on economic output

Provide data on home and rental costs

Provide data on employee numbers and sales

Collect regional data and provide baselines

Assist with data col- lection

B

Encourage bicycle tourism market

Work with chambers of com- merce and install USBR signs

Offer homes for rental or space in yards for campers

Work with local and county tourism of- fices

Develop a “bike- friendly business” plan to at-

tract visitors

Work with chambers, tourism and get signs installed

Performance Measures

  • Amount of United States Bicycle Route (USBR) signs installed per year

  • # of new jobs created by trail corridors per year after opening of facility

Objective T4.5: Promote non-motorized transportation economic benefits


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Provide data on economic gains from nearby trails and walkable business districts

Collect sales data and jobs created

Conduct research on economic output

Provide data on home and rental costs

Provide data on employee numbers and sales

Collect regional data and provide baselines

Assist with data col- lection

B

Encourage bicycle tourism market

Work with chambers of com- merce and install USBR signs

Offer homes for rental or space in yards for campers

Work with local and county tourism of- fices

Develop a “bike- friendly business” plan to at-

tract visitors

Work with chambers, tourism and get signs installed

Performance Measures

  • Amount of United States Bicycle Route (USBR) signs installed per year

  • # of new jobs created by trail corridors per year after opening of facility

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I M P L E M E N T A T I O N

I M P L E M E N T A T I O N

GOAL T5: Maintain a set of funding priorities to allow for the implementation of a regional non-motorized transportation network


Objective T5.1:Maintain a collaborative regional-level decision-making environment


Policy


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Encourage regular participation at 3PC meetings

Assign repre- sentative to attend

Assign repre- sentative to attend

Promote meetings and hold regularly

Assign repre- sentative to attend

Promote meetings and hold regularly

Promote meetings and hold regularly

B

Keep updated email lists for meeting and funding notifications

Confirm on email list for 3PC

Like NIRPC G&B Face- book page and Twitter

Confirm on email list for 3PC

Confirm on email list for 3PC

Regularly update lists

Confirm on email list for 3PC

Performance Measures

  • Regularly review NIRPC’s Constant Contact lists

  • Monthly notices of 3PC meetings on NIRPC website and all social media


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Objective T5.2:Identify funding sources to implement and develop non-motorized transportation networks


Policy


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Promote and encourage non-motorized applications for NIRPC attributable federal funding programs (STP, CMAQ, HSIP, etc.)

Participate in 3PC meetings for current information

Participate in 3PC meetings for current information or check NIRPC web- site

Participate in 3PC meetings for current information or check NIRPC web- site

Use 3PC meetings, emails and social me- dia to no- tify about funding programs

Participate in 3PC meetings for current information or check NIRPC web- site

B

Research all potential public and private sources outside traditional non-motorized funding avenues (partner with DNR Coastal Program grant referal service)

Work with non-

traditional sources for creative funding strategies

Consider donating land or finances for network develop- ment

Research new fund- ing oppor- tunities and share with local and regional entities

Consider donating land or finances for network develop- ment

Consider donating land or finances for network develop- ment

Consider donating land or finances for network develop- ment

Research new fund- ing oppor- tunities and share with local and regional entities

Assist in research- ing new funding avenues via student projects

Performance Measures

  • Update pedestrian and bicycle facilities federal funding application with 3PC

  • # of non-motorized plans created, or infrastructure developed with funding not attributable to NIRPC


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I M P L E M E N T A T I O N

I M P L E M E N T A T I O N

GOAL T6: Reduce ecological impacts of transportation networks through promotion, deployment and management of green infrastructure.

Objective T6.1: Promote Ecologically Sensitive management of transportation Rights of Way


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Promote and encourage invasive management on transportation rights of way

Participate in conserva- tion friendly RoW man- agement working group

Participate in conserva- tion friendly RoW man- agement working group

Participate in conservation friendly ROW manage- ment work- ing group

B

Promote native plantings on transportation rights of way

Participate in conserva- tion friendly RoW man- agement working group

Participate in conserva- tion friendly RoW man- agement working group

Participate in conservation friendly ROW manage- ment work- ing group

C

Promote and Support wildlife crossings in significant conservation areas.

Participate in conserva- tion friendly RoW man- agement working group

Participate in conserva- tion friendly RoW man- agement working group

Participate in conservation friendly ROW manage- ment work- ing group

D

Require culverts and other drainage structures be right sized for aquatic resource protection and connectivity

Identify areas where culverts and drainage structures in- hibit aquatic connectivity

Identify ap- propriate design stan- dards

Identify ap- propriate design stan- dards

Performance Measures

  • Linear miles of right of way with invasive management plans

  • Linear miles of right of way with native plantings

  • # of wildlife crossings installed on roadways in significant conservation areas

  • Model purpose and need statements for culverts and other roadway drainage structures


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Objective T6.2: Expand use of functional green infrastructure practices for stormwater management in transportation rights of way


Policy/Activity


Local

Government


Private Property


Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners


Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Adopt a NIRPC Green Streets Policy

Participate in a work- ing group to develop a Green Streets policy

Participate in a work- ing group to develop a Green Streets policy

B

Develop a Northwest Indiana Green Streets Manual

Participate in a work- ing group to develop a Green Streets Manual

Participate in a work- ing group to develop a Green Streets policy

Participate in a work- ing group to develop a Green Streets Manual

C

Promote Adoption of local Green Streets Policies

Adopt lo- cal green streets poli- cies

Install green infra- structure in develop- ments

Educate communi- ties about the value of Green Street Poli- cies and Incentivize their adop- tion

Performance Measures

  • Adoption of a NIPRC Green Streets Policy as companion to Complete Streets

  • Completion of a Northwest Indiana Appropriate Green Streets Manual

  • # of Presentations on Green Streets Policy adoption to local officials

  • # of Green Streets Policies Adopted


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