Mid Michigan Community Pathway Group

CHARTER STATEMENT

Develop the Mid-Michigan Community Non-Motorized Pathway starting with the segment from Ithaca through Clare, promoting partnerships with communities, businesses and governments in the area.    

Long-Term Goal:

Have a separate non-motorized pathway providing a quality non-motorized environment for all through safety, health, education, culture and art.  Provide linkage to businesses and communities through other routes, including regional tracks.

Purpose:

Create the Mid-Michigan Community Non-Motorized Pathway for the benefit of the public residents, communities and governments in the area of the path.  Elements of the path include:

  •  Separate non-motorized path
  •  Connection to the communities
  •  Quality family experience
  •  Link to public parking (park & ride, bike) lots
  •  Promote art and cultures
  •  Support education
  •  Provide a low-stress quality experience
  •  Link to major trails
  •  Low impact environmentally and socially

Tasks:

  • Identify long-term corridors for a separated path.
  • Encourage short-term solutions and local connections.  Support business and communities to promote a quality experience.
  • Recognize opportunities for community loops to encourage positive education and cultural experience.
  • Identify funding options for path development and connectivity to encourage a greener lifestyle.
  • Promote fund raising events for the public and path maintenance.  Develop the path for cyclists, pedestrians and rollerbladers.
  • Include provisions for handicap users.

Success:

In 20 years, we hope to develop a separated pathway connecting Mid-Michigan communities starting with Ithaca through Clare.  It will include linkage to regional paths such as the Fred Meijer and the Pere Marquette trails.  The pathway will be able to support communities by connecting the non-motorized system which will get individuals to local destinations, creating a quality family experience without the use of motorized vehicles.  We hope to have a funding mechanism in place to provide maintenance for the next 20 years.  We also hope to have evidence of a healthier more sustainable community, both physically and economically.