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Think Regional/Act Local

Bike and ped meetings

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July 14, 2014 - SEMCOG has been working with the Michigan Department of Transportation and communities and organizations throughout the region for over a year now to develop a Regional Nonmotorized Plan for Southeast Michigan. There has been an incredible increase in biking and walking over the past few years all over Southeast Michigan, and communities continue to look for dollars to provide for safe biking and walking paths.
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This planning process we undertook included:
  • Creating an inventory of existing and planned facilities in the region,
  • Developing guidelines for new facilities,
  • Identifying the most critical gaps in the system, and
  • Recommending regional policies to facilitate safe nonmotorized travel
    Public meetings to gather input and information have occurred throughout this process. Now there is an opportunity for the public to look at the draft plan and see if your input and comments have been addressed. SEMCOG and MDOT will be holding nine public meetings throughout the region beginning this week and running through September.
Here is the summer schedule of public meetings:
  • Macomb County – Thursday, July 17; 4-7 p.m., Richmond Community Center (36164 Festival Drive, Richmond, MI 48062)
  • Wayne County – Wednesday, July 23; 4-7 p.m.; Wayne Community Center (4635 Howe Road, Wayne, MI 48184)
  • St. Clair County – Thursday, July 24; 4-7 p.m.; Pine Shores Golf Club (515 Fred W. Moore Highway, St. Clair, MI 48079)
  • Oakland County – Tuesday, July 29; 4-7 p.m.; Wayne State University (33737 West 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331
  • Wayne County – Wednesday, August 6; 4-7 p.m.; Recreation Stone Creek Banquet Hall (One Maguire Drive, Flat Rock, MI 48134)
  • City of Detroit – Thursday, August 14; 4-7 p.m.; Wayne State University Engineering Building (5050 Anthony Wayne Drive, Detroit, MI 48202)
  • Monroe County – Thursday, August 21; 4-7 p.m.; Dundee Council Chambers (350 West Monroe Street, Dundee, MI 48131)
  • Livingston County – Thursday, September 4; 4-7 p.m.; Carnegie District Library (314 West Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48843)
  • Washtenaw County – Thursday, September 18; 4-7 p.m.; Ypsilanti Council Chambers (One South Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197)
The plan is scheduled for adoption by the SEMCOG General Assembly on November 13, 2014. Hope to see you at one of the meetings.
Carmine Palombo
If you want to know what about anything related to transportation in Southeast Michigan, don’t miss Carmine Palombo's blog. Carmine has more than 30 years of experience in various phases of transportation planning at SEMCOG. He is responsible for administering SEMCOG’s transportation planning program, which includes the region’s long-range transportation plan and short-term transportation plan.

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