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Tell us where this trail should go! Are there any locations where potential routes which may be more advantageous? This may include trail segments which:

  • Avoid steep slopes (significant grade changes can make it difficult or even impossible for some trail users),
  • Are located near local businesses or recreation areas (restaurants, ice cream parlors, and parks offer a great place to stop along the trail),
  • Have shaded areas (relief from direct sunlight offers a more comfortable trail experience),
  • Traverse near roadways with lower traffic volumes/speeds (dangerous conditions can arise when adjacent or intersecting roadways near a trail have high traffic volumes and speeds),
  • Travel through scenic areas (a trail can be much better enjoyed with aesthetic views)

Place a marker on the map where you see opportunities for the trail.

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9 months 2 weeks ago

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Consider 17th street vs Douglas
Response from Anonymous
Is it possible to go along the river between D Ave and Plainwell on the west side where they worked on the river and left paths for their equipment
9 months 2 weeks ago

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Consider D and Riverview to Plainwell
9 months 2 weeks ago

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follow N Westnedge to D avoid hill
Response from Anonymous
Agree! D Ave hill is way too steep for a trail
Response from Gino Schafer
This proposed route follows mostly existing roads all the way to Grand Rapids. This allows the the bicyclist to inhale as much car exhaust as is possible compared to the other routes. If that is what you want to do on your day off, then vote for this route. I prefer to be away from roads when exercising as much as possible. The scenery is much better, the route more interesting, and the air cleaner.
9 months 2 weeks ago

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Bringing the trail down the sidewalk is a bad idea. The sidewalk is narrow and is used for pedestrians, It cannot be widened because of power poles and private property.

In addition you have an entrance to The Old Mill, a very busy driveway, going into the Mill parking lot and further west Plainwell Ice Cream which is like a zoo from April to October. This area would be extremely problematic.

There needs to be a well engineered crossing of M-89 with maybe and island in the center of M-89 and user operated flashing lights with appropriate advanced signage and signage at the crossing. The trail could then continue north on Consumers property parallel to Acorn St and then cross Acorn at a point to line up with Broad Street again using Consumers Energy ROW. There would need to be a pedestrian crossing of the Grand Elk Railroad to access Broad Street.

9 months, 1 week ago

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Bringing the trail through Wayland will be great for Wayland businesses. Open Road Brewery downtown Wayland fully supports the effort. Keep up the good work!

www.openroadbrewing.com
9 months ago

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I'd love to see this part of the M-6 trail diverted off of 68th with this construction. There has to be a way for the trail to cross 131 without having to ride on the road.
Response from Jim D.
I was here Tuesday, and the trail disappeared at 68th street. I had no idea I was supposed to be on the sidewalk. Luckily the cars on 68th street were courteous to me on the road. Would love to see a proper path or at least sharrows.
9 months, 1 week ago

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Beautiful section of the old Interurban Railroad. View is at 4th St./19th St., looking SE.
Response from Kevin Patmore
Yep, pretty spot, runs right over Silver Creek as well where many fisherman catch trout. Unfortunately, if you turn around, you will see that this path runs right through the center of the front yard of one of the houses along this proposed route, which is probably not what that family would prefer.
9 months, 1 week ago

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Existing trail to Caledonia here. possibility to route trail south through Yankee Springs Rec Area?
Response from Anonymous
I also support moving the proposals east to pass through Caledonia via the Paul Henry Trail. Would nicely link Yankee Springs into the network.
Response from Texas Twp Resident
Another vote for a connection to Yankee Springs!
Response from Anonymous
Love the idea of connecting this area eventually, but may not be practical to be part of this project.
9 months, 1 week ago

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Pedestrian/bike tunnel underneath 131 (similar to the one on the west side just north of downtown Grand Rapids) and run the trail off 92nd St which sees little to no traffic.
9 months, 1 week ago

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If the trail were to be run underneath US-131 at 92nd Street, the trail could begin traveling north here which is owned by MDOT.
9 months, 1 week ago

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Utilize the Byron Public Schools property and create a safe crosswalk facility for bikes and pedestrians to get across 84th Street safely to reach the trailhead at Douglas Walker Park. This would reach the Kent Trails network.
8 months 2 weeks ago

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This sounds great!!!
8 months, 1 week ago

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I would love a walk path close to Dorr. Run or bike and not have to worry about traffic.
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106th to 110th is an excellent section of trail. It includes a historic Interurban rail bridge over the Gun River, a nice set of sandy dunes, and a view of rolling hills and a horse farm. The trail is already intact and usable. There is an access point that comes off the trail just south of 110th that could conceivably bypass the elevation issue at 110th. The 110th to 112th section is also very pretty. It rises above a creek for awhile then and connects nicely to the trail at 112th. The trail then proceeds with little elevation variation to Martin, going past the somewhat visible ruins of the old Monteith Junction railroad station (just north of 114th).
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This is a view off the trail just north of 114th.
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There is good access to the trail at Thurl Cook Park, along with decent parking. Sherwood Park (playground, portable restrooms, scenic trestle bridge, Veterans' Memorial, Deans' Ice Cream) is only a short walk away.
Response from Matthew Bradley
Dog Park coming Spring 2018 to this location.
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First of all the overall proposal is fantastic. I like route 1B or 2 as they are not adjacent to a road. More natural experience. I know maintenance costs could increase but I think a better ride experience.
Response from Anonymous
1 or 1B are natural rides. I mistakenly referred to 2.
Response from Julie
I would agree. I like 1 or 1B. Prefer 1 because it uses infrastructure already available and somewhat maintained. Might be less costly and more speedy to put up! My bike is ready to hit these trails!!!!
7 months 2 weeks ago

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Staying off Division is a good idea, so use Route 1
7 months ago

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It would be nice if the trail could be extended south from here! I understand that it might not be possible, though.
5 months, 1 week ago

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Why not a camping spot with two or three sites with a water pump?
5 months, 1 week ago

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Why not use the old railroad bed from Byrron to Hopkins instead of inhaling carbon monoxide along m131 all the way to Kalamazoo? More serene and scenic.
Response from Anonymous
rails to trails
2 months, 1 week ago

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Potential trail head location
2 months, 1 week ago

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Trailhead and MDOT Park-and-Ride near US-131 north of 68th Street
2 months, 1 week ago

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A spur off 100th Street over to Byron Center would be a great idea!
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Rideshare parking lot off 142nd Ave. Could be a future trailhead.
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Lodging for bikers looking to do multi-day treks (Comfort Inn Suites off 124th near Shelbeyville)
2 months, 1 week ago

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Veteran's Memorial Park in downtown Martin could be a future trailhead
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