Bike path extension overdue

Grand Haven Township officials recently announced that they are looking to build a 600-foot-long bike path along the west side of 172nd Avenue, connecting the township to the city’s southeast side.
Aug 1, 2013

With the increase in traffic in that area, as well as a large concentration of senior housing, we feel a thorough look into the project is warranted.

Currently, the city is putting in handicap-accessible curb cuts, indicating the need is relevant. 

During the past 22 years, this particular segment of the pathway has been considered only twice, with the last time being six years ago. Much has changed in that area since 1991, and it’s certainly time that the bike path does, too.

More and more people are using bikes for their preferred mode of transportation, and we applaud the township for initiating the extension of the bike path in an attempt to keep users safe. 

In addition, seniors who traverse that area should be able to do so in a safe manner, and that isn’t currently possible.

The project is estimated to cost $71,500. It is our hope that the property owners in that area also recognize the need and cooperate with township officials to get this project done.

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Comments

Jimvh

I researched this a bit before commenting and agree that this extension is overdue. Grand Haven residents have no safe way to bike or walk to Meijers, D&W or Walmart without this 600 foot extension. I've biked over 1,800 miles this year many of those miles along Grand Haven pathways. This area looks to be the single most dangerous area to travel via bike that for many that I've observed have to travel to get their shopping done.

On a similar note, the Lakeshore bike path between Robbins and Kirk Park is in need of resurfacing. It's probably the most used pathway in Grand Haven and Grand Haven Township. I suspect even some bikers on the Lakeshore road would consider the bike path if they were not jarred every few feet by uneven driveways and bike path patches. I know I would. It would also put the Lakeshore bike path on par with the smooth ride starting after Kirk park all the way to Holland.

I've ridden most all the bike paths from Holland to Spring Lake and some in Muskegon, and Grand Rapids. I'd give a C-D grade to Grand Haven and Grand Haven Township paths. I'd give an A-B to all the other paths.

Still, I'd say that 600 foot area on 172nd is in the most need to improve the safety of the people using it now without a path.

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