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North Region Active Transportation Plan

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Counties Covered: 

The plan will cover 21 counties of northern Michigan: Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Iosco, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, and Wexford. 

Agencies Involved: 

The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments is working with Networks Northwest and the Michigan Department of Transportation to collaboratively develop the North Region Active Transportation Plan. 


The goal of this plan is to highlight major gaps in the nonmotorized transportation network in the North Region so they can be filled during future projects to enhance connectivity and mobility across a system for all users. By working within each of the planning regions, an inventory of nonmotorized connections will be reviewed by local partners and governments to engage stakeholders and provide the best insight into local conditions and challenges.

Please review the 2009 Non-Motorized Strategy here. The 2024 North Region Active Transportation Plan will provide an update to the 2009 plan. 

Please visit this page to review Active Transportation Plans in other regions

Click below to view the MDOT Northeast Michigan Road and Trail Bicycling Guide!

Steps to Create the New North Region Active Transportation Plan: 

  1. Assemble stakeholder group for Northeast Michigan (11 counties)
  2. Assemble overall stakeholder group for North Region (21 counties)
  3. Update trail data to prepare county-level maps for stakeholder review. Status: IN PROCESS. 
  4. Northeast Stakeholder Group will meet to (1) Review data to ensure all has been collected and is accurate. (2) Review draft survey. (3) Assist with scheduling public input sessions in each county. 
  5. Release survey to the public. 
  6. Hold public input sessions in each county. 
  7. Identify gaps.
  8. Draft strategies for the plan. 
  9. Compile plan.


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