Thanks to a grant from Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments, a new bike repair station is in talks for Goldengate Park, 18890 Rainbow Drive.

Thanks to a grant from Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments, a new bike repair station is in talks for Goldengate Park, 18890 Rainbow Drive.

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Lathrup receives SEMCOG bike path grant

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 7, 2020


LATHRUP VILLAGE — In an effort to make the city more pedestrian-friendly, the city of Lathrup Village recently received a grant from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments for a new bike path.

According to Susie Stec, the Downtown Development Authority director and the manager of community economic development, the city received a $60,000 Transportation Alternatives Program grant from SEMCOG at the beginning of March.

SEMCOG consists of representatives from seven Michigan counties: Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Livingston, Monroe, St. Clair and Washtenaw. Its purpose is to help local governments improve and maintain southeast Michigan’s transportation systems, environmental quality, economic interests and infrastructure.

SEMCOG is a regional planning partnership of governmental units that serves 4.7 million people in the seven-county region. Members include mayors, council members, city administrators and educators from various cities.

Stec said the city and the DDA are matching $20,000, for a total project cost of $80,000.

The funds will be used to install wayfinding signage for the city’s 6.2-mile bike route, which spans between Lincoln and 12 Mile roads within the city. The project is officially called The Lathrup Village Citywide Bike Route Wayfinding Project.

Stec said the project is nearly 10 years in the making after the city adopted its Complete Streets Plan in 2011.

“We’re all very excited about this project,” Stec said in an email. “All of our residents should have the opportunity to safely get around town and to destinations without needing to rely on cars or buses. The added bonus is that it’s also good for the environment.”

Stec said the project includes pavement markings, directional/route signage, and the installation of two bike repair stations — one at Municipal Park, behind City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road; and the other likely to be at Goldengate Park, 18890 Rainbow Drive.

“We’re planning to bid the project in the fall and construct in spring 2021. The project itself is fairly straightforward and should be completed quickly once started,” Stec said in an email.

The grant was part of $6.5 million in funding allocated to other metro Detroit communities, including Birmingham, Hazel Park and Pleasant Ridge.

“Walking and biking improvements implement regional planning priorities, offering transportation choices, promoting safety for all road users, and improving quality of life in Southeast Michigan,” Kathleen Lomako, the executive director of SEMCOG, said in a press release.

Stec said there is already some bike route signage in place, but the grant will allow the city to install the signs at more frequent intervals, she said, and will help better connect riders in Lathrup Village to other metro Detroit communities.

The project will connect to a vast network of local and regional routes, including the Evergreen Road Complete Streets project and the new shared-use pathway along Northwestern Highway in Southfield, Stec said.

City officials have already started to brainstorm the perfect way to celebrate the completion of the project, which might include an event called the Spring Roll. More information on that will be forthcoming, Stec said.