SL Twp. renews bike path tax

The wheels on the bikes will continue to go round and round after voters overwhelmingly approved a 0.49-mill bike path renewal.
Marie Havenga
Aug 6, 2014

Of the 1,866 ballots cast, the final unofficial tally was 1,245 votes "yes" to 621 "no," which represents a 67-33 percent margin.

The levy will be a slight decrease from the 0.5-mill, 10-year proposal that expires this year.

The new initiative will cost the owner of a $200,000 home $49 per year and generate $334,000 annually for bike path construction and maintenance, according to Township Manager Gordon Gallagher.

With the approval, top priority projects are expected to proceed in high gear. This includes:

*A $180,000 extension for the south side of M-104 from Fruitport Road to Krueger Street expected to be bid out this fall with construction beginning in the spring.

*A shared project with the City of Ferrysburg that will bring a path down the east side of 168th Avenue from West Spring Lake Road to VanWagoner. The Spring Lake Township portion, from Bridlepath to VanWagoner, is estimated at $145,000.

Other path extensions on the docket for the next several years include: Palm Drive near Little Black Lake; State Road from 148th to 144th Avenue; and VanWagoner Road.

Township resident Jeff Clark voted in favor of the path millage at All Shores Church on Tuesday afternoon.

“I live right across from the bike path and we use it all the time,” Clark said. “It is the sidewalk in our front yard. We use it three times a day and I ride the path to work. In addition to Spring Lake schools, the bike path was a reason to move to this area.”

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Comments

jlebrasseur

Palm drive should be at the top of the priority list.

It is a nationally designated bike route (US Bike Route 35) and has a TON of cyclists riding past every day, many of them touring cyclists.

There is no shoulder at all on the road, no sidewalks, and several blind corners. It is incredibly dangerous to cycle this short section of well-used road.

Please at least put a shoulder on the road ASAP. Once you hit the Norton Shores line, it is fine. It is just the Spring Lake portion that is horribly dangerous.

happycamper

Does the bike path tax include money for more police patrol, some where complaining there is rule,s on the bike path,s but no one around to enforce those rule,s ?

justpondering

Don't get it, according the cyclist, these aren't bike paths and that’s why they don’t use them. So why spend the money on them.

justpondering

Don't get it, according to the cyclists, these aren't bike paths and that’s why they don’t use them. So why spend the money on them.

TheBee

You can say that again.

polarize

Well you asked for it LOL.......

Don't get it, according to the cyclists, these aren't bike paths and that’s why they don’t use them. So why spend the money on them.

Zegota

I totally agree with polarize, and TheBee, it seems that some cyclists just love to ride dangerously in the middle of the road, just to slow down traffic and to anger drivers. Some streets they should not be on, it is against the law, so once again, where are the Police Departments. Enforce the laws for both, cyclists and motorists.

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