Your Comments Needed to Improve Michigan Trails Plan

IMBA urges mountain bikers who ride in Michigan to add their comments to the Hansi_Photo_120413_Hansi_Photo_120413__MG_9117state’s Comprehensive Trails Plan. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will accept comments from the public until Friday, Jan. 25.

Take Action! Let the DNR know that their trails plan should be expanded to include more recognition of Michigan’s large and dynamic mountain biking scene. You can review the latest draft of the plan here and complete a short survey to have your opinions heard.

See the Michigan Mountain Bike Association’s website for additional info.

“Although the DNR bills this as a ‘comprehensive’ trails plan, it needs improvements to adequately recognize all trail users including mountain biking. This is our opportunity to help fix that,” says Andy Williamson, IMBA’s director for the Great Lakes Region.

Williamson provided the following review of how the draft plan could be improved:

  • The MMBA, Chapter leaders and IMBA are engaged with the DNR however your input is still needed.
  • The analysis of State-Level Pathways networks provides insufficient recognition of Michigan’s major mountain bike destination. Copper Harbor gets a nod but the Keweenwaw Point trail and the NTN trails in Marquette are overlooked. Not to mention the hundreds of miles trails in the lower peninsula that deserve recognition.
  • On page 20 there’s are no cost estimates provided regarding mountain bike trails. IMBA has provided relavant information.
  • On page 21 there’s an opportunity to recognize IMBA’s widely recognized guidelines for trail maintenance and construction best practices.
  • Overall the document could be improved by giving more attention to mountain biking, one of Michigan’s most popular trail activities.