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.