New roads, sidewalks and intersections in Northwest Indiana should be built
to accommodate a variety of users including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit
riders and drivers, according to regional planners.
Indiana Regional Planning Commission has adopted “Complete Streets” policies
for NIRPC-administered transportation projects in Lake, Porter and LaPorte
“This is a
forward-looking policy that recognizes that we have to make our communities
more livable for current and future residents,” Crown Point Mayor David Uran
said. “Our roads will also be safer when we anticipate the needs of all
of “Complete Streets” include sidewalks, bike lanes, wide shoulders, raised
crosswalks and crossing opportunities. Complete Streets also incorporates
design flexibility to accommodate site-specific needs and budgets.
is supported by a broad coalition of transportation, planning, government,
and health organizations that calls itself the National Complete Streets
Coalition. NIRPC is the third Metropolitan Planning Organization in Indiana
to adopt Complete Streets. The others are the Bloomington/Monroe County MPO
and the Madison County Council of Governments.
Executive Committee adopted Complete Streets guidelines by resolution on May
20, after a six-month exploration of the concept and its application. The
action ratified previous approvals by the agency’s Transportation Policy and
Ped, Pedal and Paddle committees.