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City staff has announced a concerted effort to expand Grand Rapids’ urban bike network by 26 
miles over the next 9 months.  This aggressive bike facility expansion project is due to citizen 
demand for more bike-friendly streets. Work will be completed in two phases; the first phase 
will begin later this week and include approximately 16 miles of new bike facilities. The second 
phase will include another 10 miles to be implemented in the spring.  Additional resources to 
expedite expansion of  the network are currently being sought to leverage the funds 
appropriated in the FY2013 Fiscal Plan for this effort.
After two bike summits, bronze designation as a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League 
of American Bicyclists, creating 7-miles of on-street bike facilities, regular consideration of all 
modes of travel in street design, and priority placement in Grand Rapids’ Sustainability Plan, 
community leaders say that exciting progress is being made to establish a more robust biking 
Grand Rapids is working in conjunction with the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, a 
non-profit advocacy organization created during the  City’s Green Grand Rapids Master Plan 
process, to design and implement new bike facilities.  The City is responding to the group’s 
campaign: 100 by 2014: Bike Lanes Now!--to promote a vision of 100 miles of on-street bicycle 
facilities throughout metro Grand Rapids by the end of 2014.  
"The City of Grand Rapids is taking a big leap forward by installing bike lanes on 26 miles of 
streets. Grand Rapids is fast becoming a leader among Midwest cities that are building bicycle 
transportation networks. These new bike lanes will expand daily cycling and increase benefits 
to the economy, public health, and the environment" said Tom Tilma, Interim Director of the 
Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition.
Chris Zull                                  Thomas J Tilma AICP 
Traffic Safety Manager             GGRBC Interim Director
616-456-3065                          616-560-5705
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