Good progress is being made on the Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail, a non-motorized linear park which will run parallel to Boyne City Road and will connect the City of Boyne City with the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail will be a paved 10-foot wide, approximately 14-mile long trail, mostly detached from Boyne City Road, but within the road right-of-way.  The trail will be constructed in five phases (Map): Phase 1, a 10-foot-wide paved non-motorized trail parallel to, but detached from Boyne City/Charlevoix Road, was completed in 2016. This phase begins at the Boyne City limits at W. Michigan Avenue, extends through Young State Park, and runs to the Evangeline/Bay Township line at Springwater Beach Road for a distance of 3.04 miles.

Ric Loyd, our newest board member, is pictured here leading a group of Kids Biking participants to the Oden Fish Hatchery last May. Please read Ric's reasons for getting involved as a board member: Since I have spent all or part of the last 60+ years in Northern Michigan, I pretty much love everything that Northern Michigan has to offer.  I see the Trails Council as a partner to all the things we love about the Michigan outdoors. Lisa and I live about 100 feet off the Little Traverse Wheelway.  So we are constantly on and off the path either walking into downtown Petoskey or riding our bikes out to Conway or Harbor Springs.

The Michigander Bicycle Tour will be returning to Cheboygan in July 2018, bringing with it approximately 500 avid cyclists. “This is an excellent opportunity to showcase our town,” said Jim Conboy, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and Top of Michigan Trails Council board member. Cyclists will use the North Central State Trail and the North Eastern State Trail, both of which are located in Cheboygan. The trails intersect at the trailhead at the corner of Lincoln and Western Avenues. Riders will be on these trails almost exclusively throughout the ride.

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.

Questions and Answers

 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...