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NIMBYs Derailing Bike Trails

NIMBYs Derailing Bike Trails

A bike trail might one day take cyclists riding between Traverse City and Elk Rapids along Petobago Creek. (Photo by Peter Payette)

Host: Rebecca Williams
Show date: 11/02/2010

Why plans for rails to trails bike paths sometimes go off the tracks...

This is the Environment Report. Iím Rebecca Williams.

Michigan has more than 1,500 miles of bike paths. Most were put in place through rails to trails programs. Those are trails that are created from former railroad corridors. Now many communities are trying to connect the existing trails, so cyclists can ride cross-country over large regions of the state. But as Peter Payette reports, the work is getting harder and bike trails are not always welcome.

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