Monday, September 6, 2010

Proposed US Bike Route 35 Follows Lake MI Coast

proposed US bike route 35

received from the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission

The Michigan section of United States Bicycle Route 35 (USBR 35) is being developed by a Corridor Committee made up of representatives of the Cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Petoskey, Traverse City, Manistee, Ludington, Muskegon, Holland, South Haven and Saint Joseph. The role of this group is to develop and propose a route to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). MDOT will consider the route, and if acceptable, will apply for national recognition as a United States Bicycle Route.

The designation is a recommendation as to the most suitable roads and trails for a touring bicyclist. The route takes advantage of existing road and trail facilities with no proposed construction. In the future, there may be signage along the route. Find information on the U.S. Bike Route system on the Adventure Cycling Association website.

The Michigan route under consideration would run approximately 500 miles, from New Buffalo to Sault Ste. Marie and development has begun with input from county road commissions, municipal officials and the Michigan Department of Transportation. Participation in the planning process by state and local bicycle clubs, as well as bicycle enthusiasts is requested.

In Berrien and Van Buren Counties, this bicycle route would connect the cities of New Buffalo, Bridgman, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor and South Haven. This proposed route is mapped and can be viewed (see link).

The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission will host a public hearing to solicit comments on the proposed route and discuss this section:
6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 Michigan Works Anchor Rooms A-B
499 W. Main Street, Benton Harbor

See US Bike Route System
See Bike Route 35
Comments on the proposed route can be directed to: Suzann Flowers, Program Assistant, SWMPC
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