Top of Michigan Trails Council (TOMTC), along with local units of government, have made a good dent in an important trail maintenance project in 2017.  The project addresses a problem that exists on paved trails in Charlevoix and Emmet counties: tree roots beneath the trail are causing the asphalt to erupt, creating bumps and cracks on the surface that are a hazard to trail users.

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 November 2, 2017

On October 30, 2017, Governor Snyder signed into law HB 4781, 4782 and 4783. These bills, now Public Acts 138, 139 and 140, authorize the use of “electric bicycles” in Michigan subject to the limitations within them. This is a summary of the law presented in a Question and Answer format. The summary was prepared by Jim Conboy and Bob Wilson. Jim is a member of the boards of the Top of Michigan Trails Council  and Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance. Bob Wilson is Executive Director of MTGA. Jim and Bob appreciate the review of the text undertaken by Luther Kurtz, President of TOMTC, and Jeff Winegard, Executive Director of TOMTC. This document does not constitute legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding the electric bicycle law please consult an attorney.    For a .pdf version of this document, click here: ebikes QandA

    Photo: Lake to Lake Tour participants cross the Tower Pond on the North Eastern State Trail. Twenty cyclists braved the hottest, most humid weekend of the year to ride from Alpena on Lake Huron to Petoskey on Lake Michigan. The first “Lake to Lake Tour” took place Friday, September 22 to Sunday, September 24.  The tour, presented by Top of Michigan Trails Council (TOMTC), made use of four of the multi-use trails in the Council’s network.

  Terry Dickinson touches up the mural depicting the historical phases of the Little Traverse Wheelway on the back wall of D&W Fresh Market in Petoskey. The mural faces the Wheelway at the location of the Tannery Creek Trailhead and the McCue-Fettis Overlook.   An important piece of “art...

    Christian Janssens (left), owner of Latitude 45 Bicycles and Fitness, poses with Dawn Peck, winner of the grand prize in this year’s Smart Commute Emmet celebration on October 4. Also pictured is Mike Houlmont, second place prize winner. Smart Commute Emmet 2017 wrapped up Wednesday, October...

In cooperation with the City of Petoskey, TOMTC recently hired 5H Irrigation and Maintenance of Petoskey to cut roots along both sides of the Little Traverse Wheelway. Roots have been causing eruptions and bumps in our paved trails--a maintenance nightmare! This trial proved successful in...

  Keith Lamkin, who passed away on July 7, 2017, will be remembered as one of the early advocates for non-motorized trails in Emmet County. I first met Keith when he served as the Director of the MSU Cooperative Extension Service in Emmet County. As a planning consultant to counties in the early 70’s, the extension office was a first stop for me. Keith and I got to discussing community services,

  There was a large increase in the use of the North Western State Trail (NWST) on one particular day in June, as a bike tour group from the Muskegon area pedaled through northern Michigan. Our house sits right along the trail and next to Pellston Pioneer Park. Late in the morning of June 19, I saw a group of 10 or so riders leaving the trail and heading into the park. Upon further inspection, I met a few of the 26 adult chaperones and several of the 58 youth riders on a bike trip from Mackinac City to Traverse City and welcomed them to northern Michigan and the Top of Michigan Trails Council system.