Ferrysburg bike path proposal rolls toward November ballot

Ferrysburg City Council voted 5-1 this week to let voters decide the fate of a 0.5-mill request to construct non-motorized paths for bike, pedestrian, wheelchair and other uses.
Marie Havenga
Jun 4, 2013

Council member Regina Sjoberg cast the lone dissenting vote.

“I don't believe this is the time to tax people when there's 8 percent unemployment,” Sjoberg said. “We have some bike paths. A lot of people are on fixed incomes. When you say, 'By the way, you owe another $50,' it might be a trial for some people and I can't support it.”

About 20 residents attended Monday's meeting. Of the nine residents who voiced opinions, three spoke against the proposal.

Howard Ryan Brown, 551 Ridge Ave., said he struggles to pay his taxes already.

“You keep adding and adding,” Brown said. “It's a luxury item. I just don't think it's warranted at this time.”

Councilman Mike DeWitt said he believes a safe route is necessary for residents.

“Basically you take your life in your hands if you ride a bike on North Shore Road,” DeWitt said. “I think this would be an asset to the community. This is not a frivolous issue. It's a safety issue.”

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Comments

SignalMaintainer

Just last night I was almost run over by a motorist not paying attention on North Shore Drive on my way home from the fountain. It was so close, I had the mirror slightly clip me.

On top of that, the surface on North Shore Dr is absolutely horrible for bikes. It is rough, especially the shoulder. It may feel smooth in a car, but will easily eat a bike especially in the curves right before the beach. It is simply a death trap riding that stretch of road. A multi-use path, or at the very least a smooth bike lane will be greatly appreciated for many of us cyclists in the area, plus it has the added benefit of keeping people out of the normal travel lanes.

The other proposed path does not make much sense, but there is definitely a need on North Shore, and it WILL get used.

Also it is no secret that Sjoberg is anti-cycling.

theQuin

I am constantly amazed at people who make gross generalizations. So, since Ms. Sjoberg doesn't want to tax people, "it is no secret that Sjoberg is anti-cycling"?
Who is ever "anti-cycling"? It's not a religion. It's a hobby. Ms. Sjoberg stated that she is opposed to extra taxes at this time, and in this economy. SignalMaintainer should not read more into that stance than is there. I guess he got his signals mixed.

rajaju

As a property owner on North Shore I have to agree with Ms Sjoberg, my reason is that the truck traffic is heavy, the car traffic and volume is also very heavy, kids and adults will be crossing the road ( because of bike path) playing around the road, and still be riding in the road like bicycles do now,I am sure that when, not if, a person gets into it with one of those big trucks or a car driver late for work,the bicyclist will lose and it will not be pretty...........

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