Published in Southwest Michigan's Second Wave Media
November 21, 2013
|CYCLISTS ENJOY THE TRAILS AT CELERY FLATS IN PORTAGE, MI / ERIK HOLLADAY|
Communities that want to learn how they can become more friendly for bicycle riders are participating in a statewide program known as Training Wheels. Southwest Michigan cities that have participated say the program is comprehensive and has gotten the results hoped for. Zinta Aistars reports.
Training Wheels, started in 2005, a course offered around the state designed to educate communities interested in providing on-road bicycle facilities for their residents and visitors. The course includes two hours of classroom instruction followed by an on-road, on-bike portion. By 2013, several Southwest Michigan communities had signed up for their turn, with nearly 100 such audits already done statewide.
American Association of State Highway Transportation Official (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, says Krupp. These guidelines are used by civil engineers to determine specifications for sidewalks, the width of bike trails, signage, and other similar guideposts to safe riding.