But that doesn't mean the township will strike up the kickstand and spring to action.
Plans are already in place to construct a $50,000 bike path crossing over the Jerusalem Bayou Bridge on West Spring Lake Road. That figure is significantly less than the original $300,000 estimate for the 8-foot-wide path.
Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said the bridge crossing — which would connect to bike paths on either side of the bayou — could be completed late this year or early next year when the Ottawa County Road Commission plans to redeck the bridge.
Sluka, who has lived a stone's throw from the Jerusalem Bayou Bridge for 43 years, said she's never seen an accident on the bridge. She said 168th Avenue is a much more dangerous stretch.
“I thought there had to be a better way,” said Sluka, 16218 Highland Drive. “The alternative is to put the bike path over on 168th Avenue. That would be giving people a safe way to travel and close the (bike path) gap.”
Sluka said her idea of a 1.5-mile path from the north end of West Spring Lake Road to Taft Avenue received overwhelming support from neighbors. She said she contacted an engineer who estimated bike path construction at $190,000 per mile.
“I really was surprised at the response,” Sluka said. “My first contention was we should be doing this because it's cheaper. A couple of those people told me they have made requests for some help because of the danger there is for the traffic on 168th. They don't even like crossing the street to go to their mailboxes.
"There was not one door I rapped on that didn't say yes (to signing the petition),” she added.
Sluka said she envisions her proposed path someday stretching south to Smith's Bridge.
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