Plainfield Twp. residents to vote on millage to extend bike trails

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Plainfield Township is proposing a new parks and recreation millage on the ballot August 2.

See millage language here.

The proposal would add about 30 miles of public trails that would connect to the White Pine Trail as well as parks and business districts. The added trails could make some roads like Jupiter Avenue safer.

Plainfield Township Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden says that when the master plan for the parks and recreation department was redone in 2015, a survey found residents wanted more safe trails.

The millage is for .5 mil. If it passes, homeowner with a home worth $200,000 would pay about $50 per year more in taxes. Van Wyngarden says the township hopes to finance the trails equally with the additional revenue and state and federal grants.

Construction would begin in 2018.


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  • Diane Marklevitz

    What is the Township plan to expand our roads to accommodate the Dehaan’s need for safer trails? Konkle isn’t even a legal sized road and our genius township wants to use our roadway as a bike path. We aren’t talking safety here, we are talking the township forcing us to pay for others recreation, at our loss of privacy and compromised safety for all. I have already been verbally attacked by the “bike club” trying to pass my property to enter a flooded area. They need to build trails like Cannon did that are raised and off my road!

  • Glenn Lake

    While watching your report on the bike path I noticed the lady who was riding in the shot ran thru the stop across the road. How can bikers expect drivers to respect their rights when they disobey the traffic laws that all are to follow? When a driver can’t be sure if a rider will stop at a sign or light or cut across traffic with no warning how can we all be safe? This double standard needs to be addressed.


    Waste of money. we have a bike path but the cyclists are too cool to use it and still ride in road, They blow stops and don’t obey traffic laws.
    Their Moms never taught them not to play in the road.
    They are rude and arrogant. ” it’s their right”.
    Spandex makes them brave, but nor smart.
    Don’t waste your money, they won’t use it anyway.

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