Bike path millage approved

Voters stepped up support for a 0.5-mill non-motorized path proposal on Tuesday with 349 yes votes and 202 back-pedaling ballots.
Marie Havenga
Nov 6, 2013

The 10-year millage will cost the owner of a $150,000 home an additional $37.50 per year, beginning with next summer's tax bill.

“I think it's going to be a good thing for the citizens,” said Ferrysburg Clerk and Treasurer Debbie Wierenga. “I've heard a lot of positive feedback.”

Wierenga and Mayor Dan Ruiter said they were impressed with turnout – 533 residents cast ballots.

“That's a great one,” Ruiter said. “I'm pleased all the way around with the turnout, the vote for the bike path and everything else.”

Ruiter said he believes people approved the measure because of safety and health reasons.

The nonmotorized paths will be constructed along North Shore Road from the fire barn to North Shore Park, and on 168th Avenue from West Spring Lake Road to VanWagoner Street.

Estimated costs are $750,000 and $250,000, respectively, according to City Manager Craig Bessinger.

Further engineering and design are on the horizon, the manager said.

City Council plans to sell bonds to construct the paths as soon as 2015, when reconstruction is scheduled for North Shore Road.

“There was support from a lot of people that saw the need for a bike path along North Shore Road,” Bessinger said, noting that access to the four parks along that stretch – Fire Barn Park, Coast Guard Park, North Beach Park and North Ottawa Dunes – should become much easier for pedestrians and bikers.

Councilwoman Regina Sjoberg, who spoke against the millage proposal at past council meetings, said voters have had their say.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.




My wife and I are avid walkers and bike riders on this bike path and are excited about expanding our walking/biking world. We have rode out to North Shore, but we haven't felt very safe because of the traffic. 'Looking forward to the completion of these projects. Does anyone know when this will be completed and which side of the roads they will be on?


Still, be careful on these paths. They are quite dangerous. I was run over by a car the other night while on one while trying to get across Jackson so I could head into town on the bike lanes (which are safer but not perfect).

See my comments here if you want to read more of what happened and see photos:

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