MDOT Bay Region Non-Motorized Plan and Road and Trail Bicycling Map Update 2016/2017

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Goal

To provide an update of the map of the Bay Region Trails and related facilities to promote outdoor activities, tourism and better quality of life through healthier communities.

Summary

Michigan is a bicycling paradise with its scenic vistas and miles of picturesque orchards and waterfront. The "Bay Region Road and Trail Bicycling Map" originally produced by the East Central Michigan Planning and Development Regional for The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) encompassed a 13-county region in East Central Michigan, including Arenac, Bay, Clare, Iosco, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Genesee and Lapeer. 

The MDOT Bay Region has since been reconfigured and now encompasses a 15-county region, including Arenac, Bay, Clare, Iosco, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Genesee, Lapeer, Shiawassee and St Clair.

This update will be a collaborative effort between MDOT and the Region. The updated map will show road surface types, traffic volumes, paved/unpaved trails with regional significance, recreational facilities, points of interest, and other amenities that make cycling across Michigan more enjoyable. Copies of the existing map are available at www.michigan.gov/mdot-biking and/or EMCOG office in Saginaw, MI and on EMCOGs website at www.emcog.org.

The current information on the existing map is from 2011 which is 5 years old.  The EMCOG region and MDOT Bay region have been fortunate in this time to have new facilities built and trails constructed. As suggested by many of the individuals and biking groups, all these facilities need to be updated on the map.

Objective

  1. Gather public input via viral sources for update suggestions.
  2. Gather public input via meetings and telephone for update suggestions.
  3. Gather input from all biking groups for updates suggestions.
  4. Collect all the updates for the 15 county Bay Region from all possible local sources, printed material and online sources.
  5. Coordinate with other RPCs and project grantee for data and information on updates
  6. Coordinate with the MDOT Bay Region planner and the MDOT Lansing staff on the analysis of required updates.
  7. Work with contractual GIS specialist for updates on the map. Some of the additions can be additional points of public interest like zoo, beaches, gold courses, carpool lots, nature preserve, etc. Some other locations can be bike shops, urgent care centers, etc.
  8. Produce draft maps with updates
  9. Gather public input via multiple methods (online, e-mail, meetings, workshops and/or charettes)
  10. Make edits based on public review and MDOT suggestions.
  11. Finalize and print updated "Bay Region Road and Trail Bicycling Map"

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Timeline

June 2016-August 2018

Existing Plans and Maps by County

Arenac County

Bay County

Clare County

Genesee County

Gladwin County

Gratiot County

Huron County

Iosco County

No Maps or Plans Available.

Isabella County

Lapeer County

Midland County

Ogemaw County

No Maps or Plans Available.

Roscommon County

No Maps or Plans Available.

Saginaw County

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

No Maps or Plans Available.

Sanilac County

Shiwassee County

No Maps or Plans Available.

St Clair County

Tuscola County