Master Plan Intent
The intent of the Valparaiso Pathways and Greenways Master Plan is a planned network of bicycle and pedestrian routes and facilities for residents and visitors of all ages. This network will allow its users to walk or bike to their destinations in lieu of taking their cars.

The Valparaiso Pathways and Greenways Master Plan fulfills the goals identified in the recent community surveys and previous studies. It provides opportunities to improve the health, fitness, and quality of life of Valparaiso's residents. However, motivating individuals to walk or bike will require developing safe, convenient, and attractive facilities.

Establishment of Guidelines
Valparaiso pathways and greenways will require the establishment of design guidelines in order to successfully implement the vision, goals, and objectives of the Master Plan. The guidelines will assist the city administration and departments along with the proposed Valparaiso Alternative Transportation and Greenways Advisory Board (VATGAB) in the development of bicycle and pedestrian facilities that are safe, convenient, and attractive as well as ensure uniformity of the design, layout, and construction of these facilities throughout the Valparaiso community.

The development guidelines should be used in conjunction with the standards developed by the City of Valparaiso Public Works Department, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).