The proposal includes a bike path on North Shore Road from 174th Ave by the fire station to North Beach Park (1.6 miles) and one on 168th Ave from Van Wagoner to W. Spring Lake Road (.6 mile). A separated bike path on North Shore Road would provide a safe route for pedestrians and bicyclists to get to and from community treasures such as Coast Guard Park, North Beach Park, North Ottawa Dunes and Fire Barn Park. The amenities along North Shore Road offer a tremendous variety of recreational opportunities and linking them together with a bike path and the existing bike path network would open a new world of adventure for our area.
The proposed bike path on 168th Ave from Van Wagoner to W. Spring Lake Road will connect to the existing 15-mile bike path that encircles Spring Lake. Many young families live in this region and it is a heavily traveled area. Spring Lake Township also has a future bike path planned on Van Wagoner from 168th Ave to W. Spring Lake Road, which would create a well-connected bike path for the neighborhood when completed.
Adding bike paths and widened shoulders to roadways promotes the concept of ‘complete streets,’ enhances the active culture in NW Ottawa County, and complements existing bike paths in Ferrysburg, Spring Lake Township and the Village of Spring Lake. Bike paths have also been documented to enhance property values and are quite often a primary draw for home buyers. Investing in the proposed bike paths, as well as generating revenue for bike path maintenance, enhances community health, transportation options, and property values. And most importantly, it will provide a space for our kids to be adventurous and safely separated from vehicle traffic. Please vote yes on November 5th.
Lukas Hill, Nunica