Friday, May 17, 2013
May is National Bike Month in which the public is encouraged to keep cyclists' safety in mind.
With warm weather upon us, Macomb County drivers are encouraged to keep biker safety in mind. May is National Bike Month and this week is Bike to Work Week. Although the county claims paths for cyclists and runners, including the extensive Macomb Orchard Trail, bikers' rights are also crucial alongside roads. To promote awareness, the Michigan Department of Transportation shared YouTube videos, which are attached, on the subject. Where do you bike in Shelby and Utica? Tell us in the comments section below.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
John Olszewski and Christa Aliamia prevailed at the Apple Blossom Gala of Runs
John Olszewski and Christa Aliamia prevailed at the Apple Blossom Gala of Runs on Saturday on the Macomb Orchard Trail. Olszewski took first in the men’s 9K, and Aliamia finished first in the women’s 9K. The race started at Roberts Elementary in Shelby Township and finished at the Glacier Club. Bill Oliver won the men’s 4K, and Lynn Simlar won the women’s 4K. Do you have photos of the Apple Blossom Run? Share them on Shelby-Utica Patch by clicking on the green “Upload Photos and Videos” icon.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Shelby Township board has unanimously approved two cost-share projects to widen Van Dyke from 25 Mile to 26 Mile and improve the pedestrian and bike crossing at Dequindre Road between 23 Mile and 24 Mile.
Shelby Township has committed to invest another half a million dollars in area infrastructure this year following board approval of two projects to improve Van Dyke and Dequindre. Earlier this month, the township approved $800,000 to cover its portion of the cost for widening Hayes Road from 21 to 23 Mile Road. On Tuesday, the township board unanimously approved cost-share agreements for widening Van Dyke from 25 Mile to 26 Mile and improving the pedestrian and bike crossing at Dequindre Road between 23 Mile and 24 Mile. The widening of Van Dyke is the final link in the Macomb County Department of Roads’ plan to make the Van Dyke corridor five-lanes from M-59 to 26 Mile Road. Although the total project cost is approximately $5.1 million, …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Shelby Township board of trustees will review two cost-share agreements for proposed construction projects at its meeting Tuesday.
Shelby Township officials will consider approving more than half a million dollars in infrastructure improvements on Van Dyke and Dequindre at the board of trustees meeting Tuesday. Earlier this month, the township approved $800,000 to cover its portion of the cost for widening Hayes Road from 21 to 23 Mile Road. Tonight, the township is being asked to approve cost-share agreements for widening Van Dyke from 25 Mile to 26 Mile and improving the pedestrian and bike crossing at Dequindre Road between 23 Mile and 24 Mile. The widening of Van Dyke is the final link in the Macomb County Department of Roads’ plan to make the Van Dyke corridor five-lanes from M-59 to 26 Mile Road. Although the total project cost is approximately $5.1 million, …
Monday, December 17, 2012
A grant that will secure funding to finish the final three-mile trail to connect River Bends Park to the Macomb Orchard Trail has been sent to the Michigan Legislature for approval.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will pay $300,000 to connect River Bends Park to the Macomb Orchard Trail. In a news release, the DNR said the Shelby Township project has been approved as part of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF), which recently recommended to the Michigan Legislature to approve 76 recreation development projects and land acquisitions totaling $23,538,700. "Michigan’s natural resources and recreation opportunities are a big part of what is driving our state’s reinvention,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. "I applaud the Trust Fund board for recommending the kind of investment that builds on the appeal of our great outdoor spaces for long-term economic and quality-of-life rewards in communities throughout…
Thursday, October 13, 2011
A ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday marked the completion of the Macomb Orchard Trail's 24-mile stretch between Shelby Township and Richmond.
On a section of the Macomb Orchard Trail that bridges the Clinton River, U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, County Board Chairwoman Kathy Vosburg and others gathered Tuesday to mark the completion of the trail section connecting Bruce Township to Richmond. Before a ribbon-cutting, government officials praised the years of work that led up to finishing the leg of hike-and-bike trail. The 24-mile, paved trail runs from Shelby Township up through Washington Township, Bruce Township, Romeo, Armada Township, the Village of Armada and east to Richmond. The project also included rehabilitating the bridge spanning the North Branch of the Clinton River, where the ceremony was held. The final trail section cost about $1.3…
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Utica has secured the funds it needs to build the final phase of the Shelby-Utica Hike and Bike Trail.
None of the money needed to finish the final phase of Utica’s portion of the Shelby-Utica Hike and Bike Trail will come out of the city’s general funds. The Macomb County Department of Roads, in connection with the federal government, will pay 80 percent of the project and Utica will spring for the remaining 20 percent. The total cost to finish the second phase is $506,538. To pay Utica’s portion of the $105,320, the city council on Tuesday agreed to transfer $105,000 from the Downtown Development Fund and $30,000 from the Parks and Recreations Department. Mayor Jacqueline Noonan said the city found a way to fund the remainder of the project at no expense to the taxpayer. The last leg of the Hike and Bike Trail in Utica’s city limits will …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Runners aren't the only winners in local racing events; businesses and charities are big benefactors.
The Romeo 2 Richmond Race is just around the corner on Sept. 18, and runners are entering their final stretch of training to be ready. Organizers of this year's race expect more than 500 participants. According to a national running survey, running has increased 57 percent in the last ten years with many more races out there to accommodate all those runners. But who is benefiting from the increase in runners and running events? Patch found businesses that support running events aren't necessarily winning the race, but they are winning the loyalty of their customers. And the real winners of this increased running phenomenon are the charities benefiting from running events. There are several businesses in Shelby Township that are supporting …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Here's some news to get you going Thursday morning.
Here’s some info to get your Thursday morning started in Shelby Township and Utica.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Not only do the residents benefit from the rails-to-trails project, businesses big and small have found the Macomb Orchard Trail to be an important amenity.
The idea to have a hike and bike path where the old Canadian National Railroad was running seemed like a recreation dream 10 years ago. Now, Shelby Township residents aren't the only ones enjoying that dream on a daily basis, so are the local businesses. Shelby Township businesses along the trail are seeing an increase in trail use, and they say that increase is bringing people in their doors. A salesperson at Elaine's Bagels at 25 Mile and Shelby Road says that as soon they see people using the trail and coming in to eat. The trail literally goes across the driveway of the shopping area. "More people are on their bikes or running and will stop in for a cool beverage," said Marie Messawar of Elaine's Bagels. "This trail is such an …