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Corridor 35 Implementation / Route comparison to LMB Shore Line Route
« on: March 31, 2010, 04:59:19 am »
Kerry Irons
Adventure Cycling Association
989-631-6368

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3-30-10 evaluation of LMB Shore Line maps vs. USBR-35 draft Google maps (south to north):
. Route uses McCracken to Lakeshore in Muskegon, LMB uses Lincoln/Sherman/Beach/Lakeshore Dr.
. Route uses Hart-Montague trail.  LMB uses shore roads out of Montague (Cook, Old Channel Trl,, Hancock, Lehman, Elers, Chase Rd, Meinert Rd, Lehman/48th Ave)  to B-15 and by-passes Hart.  LMB has Hart-Montague Trail option which is 35 miles shorter.
. Route uses Harrison/8th/64th/Wayne from Hart to Pentwater. LMB uses 72nd to Monroe.
. Route uses James St. in Ludington, LMB uses Washington.  City of Ludington recommends Rath Ave.  Route uses Ludington Ave (US-10).  City says too much traffic.  Route uses Lakeshore to Jagger to Jebavy.  LMB uses Lakeshort to Dewey to Jebavy.  USBR-20 uses Tinkham to Jebavy.
. Route uses Maple into Manistee, LMB uses County Line Rd, Red Apple, Cherry, 1st St.
. Route uses Forest Ave/7th/Main St/Michigan Ave. to M-22 in Frankfort. (Why not Main St from Lake St. instead of routing on M-115?)  LMB uses 11th/James St. to M-22 (goes to school for camping).
. Route uses CR 614/E. Cherry Bend Rd/CR 633 into Traverse City.  LMB uses CR 616/E. Hoxie Rd/E. Grandview Rd.
. Route uses US31/Front St/Munson Ave. in Traverse City.  LMB uses TART trail plus Washington St/Garfield Ave/Civic Center Dr/Eeigth St/Hastings St.
through Traverse City to Bunker Hill Rd.
. Route uses US-31/Brackett Rd/CR 605 (Elk Lake Rd) from Traverse City to Elk Rapids.  LMB uses Bunker Hill Rd/bike path/Bates/Sayler/Yuba/Angell/Munro/Townline/Elk Lake Rds to Elk Rapids/ . Route uses Lake/Iroquois/Ames St/Cairn Hwy/Quarer Line Rd/O'Dell Rd/Joe Marks Trail/Birchview Dr/Golden Beach Rd./San Marion Trl from Elk Rapids to Torch Lake.  LMB uses River St/Dexter St/N. Bayshore Rd/Williams Rd/Cairn Hwy/Indian Rd/West Torch Lake Rd/Barnes Rd/US-31.
. Route uses Barnard Rd to enter Charlevoix.  LMB turns off Barnard Rd. to Ferry Rd/Black Rd/Marion Center Rd.
. Route uses US-31 in Charlevoix south of the bridge.  LMB uses Stover/Ferry Ave/Belvedere from M-66.
. Route uses only M-119 from Harbor Springs to Good Hart.  LMB uses Lake St/Lake Rd in Harbor Springs and Lower Shore Dr for part of the distance.
. Route uses Lakeside Dr/Dujauncy St in Mackinaw City.  LMB stays on Central Ave.


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Corridor 35 Implementation / GPS navigation file, gpx format
« on: March 29, 2010, 03:37:08 am »
Below is a navigation file in gpx format, for use with GPS navigation systems.  Other formats are available by request, such as Garmin, Lowrance, etc.  If it is on this list, http://www.gpsbabel.org/capabilities.html#, I should be able to convert it.  Ask in this thread and/or message me to get the format you need. 

http://cruisenews.net/USBR35/USBR35_Mar_26.gpx

Alternatively, unzip the kmx file (Google Earth) and use the free software gpsbabel to convert on your own.


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Corridor 35 Implementation / Google Earth file
« on: March 27, 2010, 03:42:44 pm »
http://cruisenews.net/USBR35/Michigan_US_Bicycle_Route_35_Mar_26_2010.kmz

To use the above file on Google Earth:
Right click and save somewhere on your computer.
Open Google Earth.
File>Open...
Navigate to where you saved the file
Select the file, click on Open

The route is the thin blue line along Lake Michigan.  You can zoom in and see the part of the route you are interested in.

The Michigan USBR 35 file will be located under Temporary Places in the left box.
To save it so it will be available the next time you run Google Earth, highlight the filename, right click and Save to My Places.

Michigan_US_Bicycle_Route_35_Mar_26_2010.kmz
There are a few changes that have been made to this route file that are different from the Google Maps versions as of this date.
This file anticipates that the route will be changed so that north of Holland, it follows Butternut Ave. rather than heading out to Holland State Park and following Lakeshore Drive.
Approaching Harbor Springs, the route leaves the bicycle trail at Beach Drive and enters Harbor Springs near the waterfront.  This route needs to be checked for suitability.

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Corridor 35 Implementation / Nominate a Bicycle Shop along USBR 35
« on: March 27, 2010, 03:20:54 pm »
We would like to put together a list of bicycle shops along USBR 35.  As we work on getting a GIS file together for route navigation, we would like to add bicycle shops to the info in the navigation file.  Please nominate a bicycle shop along USBR 35 using the following format:

Name
Address
City, State ZIP
Phone
URL
email

Example:

Cross Country Cycle
345 Douglas Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
(616)-396-7541
http://crosscountrycycle.com
info@crosscountrycycle.com

Note that the file that we submit to MDOT for approval will have only the route data on it, but once it is approved, we want to put together a navigation file that includes bike shops, lodging, camping, groceries, brewpubs and other services along the route.  Generally we are interested in businesses located with in a mile or two of the route, but we might be flexible.   In this thread, please post ONLY bike shops.

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Corridor 35 Implementation / Request For Comments: Draft Route Maps
« on: March 24, 2010, 05:24:41 am »
A series of draft route maps has been prepared for the Michigan section of USBR 35.  This draft is preliminary and we would like to improve it with your help.

Your comments are requested on the proposed route.

Please comment either in this forum or on the Google Map comment box on the page to which your comments apply.

The maps may be viewed here:

http://maps.google.com/maps/user?uid=100659347579183230280&hl=en&gl=us&ptab=2

Thank you for your interest!

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List campgrounds along the Michigan USBR 35 route, to be included in the map.

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Please list any natural features and attractions that should be highlighted on the Michigan USBR 35 map.

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UNITED STATES BICYCLE ROUTE 35

MICHIGAN CORRIDOR COMMITTEE

AGENDA

FORUM MEETING

December 2009

Forum Location: Adventure Cycling Forum, USBR 35 Implementation

http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?board=34.0


Due to the distances between participants, we will attempt to do business in an internet forum format.  Please bear with us as we try to learn how to hold a meeting on the internet!  We may also hold one or more conference calls if needed.

Please visit the forum location and register to join in the meeting.  The meeting will likely be held over a period of several weeks.

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call:

Spencer Nebel (Sault Ste Marie)
Russ Soyring (Traverse City)
Mitch Deisch (Manistee)
Heather Venzke (Ludington)
Veneklasen, Bob (Muskegon)
Mark Vanderploeg (Holland)
Paul VandenBosch (South Haven)
Derek Perry (St. Joseph)

NEW BUSINESS

1. Questions and Answers regarding USBR 35.

2. Mission Statement

Draft mission statement:

The Michigan United States Bicycle Route 35 will run along the Lake Michigan coast north to Sault Ste Marie, and will pass through beach, harbor and tourist towns along the Lake.

3. Destinations along Route

Draft List of Destinations through which the route must pass:

Sault Ste. Marie
St. Ignace
Mackinaw City
Petoskey
Charlevoix
Traverse City
Frankfort
Onekema
Manistee
Ludington
Pentwater
Hart
Montague
Whitehall
Muskegon
Grand Haven
Holland
Saugatuck
Douglas
South Haven
Benton Harbor
St. Joseph
New Buffalo

4. Discussion on how to set up Local Route Meetings

5. Adjourn

Respectfully submitted,
Paul VandenBosch

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This thread is for use by the Michigan USBR 35 Corridor Committee.

The board will discuss the best way to manage Local Route Meetings.

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This thread is for use by the Michigan USBR 35 Corridor Committee.

The board will discuss and approve a list of destinations through which the route will pass.

Destinations are locations that have lodging, restaurants and grocery stores, and which meet the mission statement for USBR 35, and which are on a reasonably shortest-distance-route through the corridor.

Draft List of Destinations through which the route must pass:

Sault Ste. Marie
St. Ignace
Mackinaw City
Petoskey
Charlevoix
Traverse City
Frankfort
Onekema
Manistee
Ludington
Pentwater
Hart
Montague
Whitehall
Muskegon
Grand Haven
Holland
Saugatuck
Douglas
South Haven
Benton Harbor
St. Joseph
New Buffalo

Please review a map and comment on whether these cities are appropriate as destinations, and whether other cities should be added to the list.

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Corridor 35 Implementation / Agenda Item 2, USBR 35 Mission Statement
« on: November 27, 2009, 10:10:16 am »
This thread is for use by the USBR 35 Michigan Corridor committee.

The board will discuss and approve a mission statement for the Michigan section of USBR 35.

Draft mission statement:

The Michigan United States Bicycle Route 35 will run along the Lake Michigan coast north to Sault Ste Marie, and will pass through beach, harbor and tourist towns along the Lake.

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This thread is for use by the USBR 35 Michigan Corridor Committee.

Please lists questions on the process to establish USBR 35 in Michigan.

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Following is a draft procedure for establishing a United States Bicycle Route (USBR) within a corridor as proposed by AASHTO. 

For more information on the USBR program, please see:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/nbrn/usbikewaysystem.cfm

This procedure was written with USBR 35 in mind.  It was written in a way that it could be used by other corridors as well.

Your comments are requested. 


United States Bicycle Route Establishment Procedure

1. Definitions

a. AASHTO - American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

b. Approved Route - A Route approved by AASHTO as a USBR.

c. Corridor - An area proposed by AASHTO for a potential USBR route.

d. Corridor Committee - A committee of Destination municipalities formed by invitation to consider establishing a USBR.

e. Destination - A municipality through which the Route must pass.

f. Destination Criteria - Destinations are municipalities in the USBR corridor which have as a minimum: lodging, restaurants and grocery stores.  Historic cities and villages have priority in selection of Destinations.  Destinations shall be selected so as to form a route which is roughly parallel to the corridor.

g. DOT - A state department of transportation.

h. Draft Route Amendment - A change to the turn by turn description of the Route.

i. Metropolitan Planning Commission - a regional governmental planning organization which coordinates transportation planning over a number of municipalities and road commissions.

j. Notice of Intent - A letter stating that the Corridor Committee has been formed and that it intends to establish a USBR.

k. Route - A turn by turn description of a bicycle path which connects Destinations, from the starting point to ending point of the state corridor.

l. Municipality - A city, village or township.

m. Road Organizations - An entity which has the authority to design, construct and maintain roadway or trailway, typically a city, road commission or DOT.

n. Proposed Route - A Route which has received assent by all Road Organizations, either by approval or by nonaction.

o. Route Application - An application for a USBR prepared on a form provided by AASHTO.

p. Route Criteria - Route Criteria as outlined in the May 11, 2009 memo from the Task Force on US Bicycle Routes:
Specific Route Criteria: Considerations when Choosing Roads and Trails
Primary Considerations – Specific Routes should meet as many of the following as practicable:
1. When applicable, meet the planning, design, and operational criteria in the AASHTO Guide for Development of Bicycle Facilities.
2. Offer services and amenities such as restaurants, accommodations, camping, bicycle shops, and convenience/grocery stores at appropriate intervals.
3. Go into the centers of metropolitan areas, using low-traffic and/or off-road bikeways when possible. Bypass routes could be considered to accommodate users who don't wish to enter the city or who are seeking a less urban experience.
4. Include spurs to target destinations (universities or other educational institutions, recreational areas, or other attractions) and to multimodal nodes such as airports and rail, bus, and transit stations.
5. Follow natural corridors and provide terrain suitable for cycling, avoiding extremely hilly and limited visibility winding roads when feasible.
6. Consider appropriate combinations of low daily traffic, low truck traffic, wide paved shoulders, lane striping, adequate sight distance, and traffic speed in order to be bicycle friendly.
7. In urban areas, be suitable for utility cycling (commuting, access to shopping, schools and universities, recreation centers, etc.). Consideration should be given to bicycle routes that can be used as evacuation routes for emergency situations.
8. Include major existing and planned bike routes, including both on-road facilities and off-road shared use paths and trails that are suitable for road bikes.
Secondary Consideration
9. May include short stretches of high quality unpaved roads if needed to connect highly desirable paved road sections. (These roads should maintain the standard of road bike suitability).

q. Route Hearing - A publicized posting of a route on an internet site with notification to other entities.  A Route Hearing may include public meetings.

r. State Bicycle/Trail Organization - A statewide recognized non profit organization whose purpose is to promote bicycling and/or bicycle trails.  (In Michigan, this would include both the League of Michigan Bicyclists and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance).

s. USBR - United States Bicycle Route as promulgated by AASHTO.

2. Procedure

a. Forming a Corridor Committee

1. The governing body of a municipality located in a Corridor may invite other municipalities to form a Corridor Committee.  A Corridor Committee may be formed for a state or may be formed with members from more than one state.

2. A Letter of Invitation shall provide background information on the United States Bicycle Route Corridor and request that the municipality approve a resolution joining the Corridor Committee and appointing a representative to the Committee.

3. A Corridor Committee shall be formed by the adoption of resolutions joining the committee of not less than 7 and not more than 11 municipalities. 

4. A Corridor Committee may meet and vote in person, by conference call, by internet forum or other means of communication.  The Corridor Committee shall adopt by-laws which include election of a chairperson, vice-chairperson and secretary.  A record of meetings shall be made as minutes, which shall be publicly available.

b. Notice of Intent

1. A Corridor Committee shall send a Notice of Intent to AASHTO, the State DOT, Metropolitan Planning Commissions in the Corridor area and the State Bicycle/Trail Organizations. In areas where a corridor crosses a state boundary, a Corridor Committee shall send a Notice of Intent to the DOT of adjacent states or provinces, and to the Road Organization and Metropolitan Planning Organization of the areas impacted by the corridor.  A Corridor Committee may send a Notice of Intent to other stakeholding groups, such as local bicycle groups.

c. Selection of Destinations

1. A Corridor Committee shall propose Destinations along the Corridor, through which a Route shall be established.  A Corridor Committee shall consider Destination Criteria.  A Corridor Committee may create a mission statement for the Route to assist in the selection of Destinations.  A Corridor Committee shall by majority vote establish Destinations for the Corridor. 

d. Notifying Interested Organizations

1. A Corridor Committee shall identify affected Road Organizations which are responsible for design, construction and maintenance of streets and roads in the areas through which a route may connect Destinations.  A Corridor Committee shall request recommendations for bicycle routes which connect Destinations in the area of the Road Organization's responsibility.  In areas where a corridor crosses a state boundary, a Corridor Committee shall contact the Road Organizations of adjacent states or provinces and request a recommendation for a connection point at the state border. A Corridor Committee shall transmit Route Criteria to the Road Organization.

2. A Corridor Committee shall notify Municipalities which are selected as Destinations and request recommendations for bicycle route between that Municipality and adjacent Destinations, including a route within the Municipality.  A Corridor Committee shall transmit Route Criteria to the Destinations.

3. A Corridor Committee shall contact Metropolitan Planning Commissions in the Corridor area and request recommendations for routes connecting Destinations.  In areas where a corridor crosses a state boundary, a Corridor Committee shall contact the Metropolitan Planning Organization of adjacent states or provinces and request a recommendation for a connection point at the state border.  A Corridor Committee shall transmit Route Criteria to the  Metropolitan Planning Commissions in the Corridor area.

4. A Corridor Committee shall contact State Bicycle/Trail Organizations and request recommendations for routes connecting Destinations.  In areas where a corridor crosses a state boundary, a Corridor Committee shall contact the State Bicycle/Trail Organizations of adjacent states or provinces and request a recommendation for a connection point at the state border.  A Corridor Committee may contact other interested stakeholder groups and request recommendations for routes connecting Destinations.    A Corridor Committee shall transmit Route Criteria to the State Bicycle/Trail Organizations and other stakeholder groups.

5. A Corridor Committee shall provide a list of contacts which it has made to all contacted groups and organizations to encourage cooperation in preparing a Draft Route.

e. Draft Route Process

1. Based on responses from interested organizations, the Corridor Committee shall prepare a Preliminary Draft Route.

2. A Corridor Committee shall set a Draft Route Hearing.  Road Organizations, Destination Municipalities, Metropolitan Planning Organizations in the corridor area, the State Bicycle/Trail Organization and other stakeholder groups shall be invited to participate in the Draft Route Hearing.  The Draft Route Hearing shall be held by publishing a Draft Route on an internet site and providing a means to post comments.  The Corridor Committee is encouraged provide notice through press releases, State Bicycle/Trail Organization websites, newsletters, and other means.  The Draft Route Hearing shall be available for review and comment for no less than 21 days. There may be a public meeting held in one or more locations, with no less than ten days notice prior to the meeting to Destinations, Road Organizations, Metropolitan Planning Organizations in the corridor area, the State Bicycle/Trail Organization and stakeholder groups.  Draft Route public meetings, if held, shall be subject to the Open Meetings Act. 

3. Upon completion of the Draft Route Hearing, the Corridor Committee shall prepare a map and turn by turn route which meets the requirements of AASHTO for application to the USBR program.  The Corridor Committee shall consider the Draft Route and may approve it by majority vote. 

f. Road Organization Review of Draft Route

1. Upon approval of a Draft Route, the Corridor Committee shall transmit the Draft Route to all Road Organizations which have authority over roads or trails included in the Route.  Affected Road Organizations will be requested to amend or approve the Draft Route.  If an Amendment is proposed to the Draft Route, the amendment shall be transmitted to the two Destinations which are connected by that portion of the Draft Route, Road Organizations which have jurisdiction of portion of the Draft Route between the aforenamed Destinations, the Metroplitan Planning Organization, DOT and  the State Bicycle/Trail Organization.  The Corridor Committee may transmit the proposed amendment to stakeholder groups.

2. A Road Organization shall respond within 90 days of transmittal of a Draft Route by either a resolution of approval of the Draft Route, or by submitting a Draft Route Amendment.  A Draft Route Amendment shall show a change in the Draft Route in a similar form as a Draft Route is presented.  If a Road Organization does not respond within 90 days of transmittal of the Draft Route with either a Resolution of Approval or a Draft Route Amendment, then the Draft Route shall be certified as an Approved Route by the Corridor Committee.  A Road Organization may request in writing an extension of an additional 90 days for review of the Route.

g. Road Organization Draft Route Amendment

1. If a Road Organization proposes a Draft Route Amendment, a Draft Route Amendement Hearing shall be held by the Corridor Committee by publishing the amended routes on an internet site and providing a means to post comments.  The Draft Route Amendment Hearing shall be available for review and comment for no less than 21 days. There may be a public meeting held in one or more locations, with no less than ten days notice to Destinations, Road Organizations, the Metropolitan Planning Organizations within the corridor, the State Bicycle/Trail Organization and stakeholder groups prior to the meeting. 

2. Upon completion of the Draft Route Amendment Hearing, the Corridor Committee shall request that the Road Organization resubmit the Draft Route Amendment to the Corridor Committee, with or without any changes which the Road Organization desires to make.  The Corridor Committee shall accept the decision of the Road Organization on the Draft Route.  If there is a disagreement between two Road Authorities regarding a connection point on the boundary between jurisdictions, the Corridor Committee shall attempt to mediate and facilitate an agreement on the route.  If there is no agreement after six months of mediation, the Corridor Committee shall then select a route which best meets the requirements of the Route Criteria.

h. DOT Review

1. Upon completion of all Draft Route Amendment Hearings, the Corridor Committee shall publish the Proposed Route on an internet site.  The Corridor Committee shall complete an application to AASHTO for establishment of the Route in the USBR system.  The Corridor Committee shall transmit the completed application to DOT for DOT review. 

i. Application Submittal to AASHTO

1. The DOT shall review the Proposed Route.  Upon DOT acceptance of the Route Application, DOT shall sumbit the application to AASHTO.  If any changes are desired, whether to the application or to the Route, the DOT shall transmit those desired changes to the Corridor Committee.  The Corridor Committee shall consider those changes and may amend the application, except that any change to a portion of the Route must also be approved by the Road Organization with authority over that portion of the Route, following the procedure outlined in the Road Organization Amendment of Draft Route. 

j. Disbandment of the Corridor Committee

1. Upon AASHTO approval of the Route, the Corridor Committee shall disband.

k. Amendment of Route after AASHTO Approval

1. Any person or organization which desires to amend an Existing Route approved by AASHTO shall request that the Road Organization with jurisdiction over that portion of the Route  publish and  consider the amendment using the Draft Route Amendment procedure, except that the Road Organization with jurisdiction shall take on the responsibilities of the Corridor Committee for the amendment process.

l. Amendment of Destinations

1. Any person or organization which desires to change Destinations on the Route shall request that the Corridor Committee reform with representatives from the original member Municipalities to consider removal or addition of a Destination to the Route.


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There does not appear to be a corridor along the south coast of Lake Michigan, between USBR 66 and 35. 

This is an important route for anyone coming from NW of Chicago and headed east.  Also, anyone trying to do a circle of Lake Michigan will need to follow this route.

There is also no direct route from Chicago to Detroit.  Could this be added as a new corridor to provide a path around the South Shore of Lake Michigan and on to Detroit?  The corridor could roughly parallel US 12.

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