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North Region Active Transportation Plan

welcome to the North region active transportation plan resource webpage!

North Region Active Transportation Plan Survey - OPEN
This survey is intended to help planners in Northern Michigan to identify assets and challenges regarding non-motorized transportation in the planning area's various counties. This survey will help to inform goals, objectives and projects in Northern Michigan aimed at improving people's ability to get to their destination without needing a vehicle or public transit.

Upcoming Community Engagement Sessions:

Please find the flyers and upcoming community engagement sessions details below:

Grand Traverse County - TART Smart Commute Week - See flyer here

Location:  Smart Commute Week Awards Ceremony - Oryana / Boardman Lake Loop Tenth Street Trailheadil
Address: 260 E Tenth St, Traverse City, MI 49684  (Tenth Street Trailhead on the East side of the building)
Date: June 7, 2024 
Time: 8:00 am to 9:30 am

*Note that this input session will be happening along side with TART Smart Commute Week Awards Ceremony

Networks Northwest is working with our regional counterpart, the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to develop collaboratively the North Region Active Transportation Plan. 

This webpage contains all of the most recent information, resources and documentation for the North Region Active Transportation Plan Process. The development of this Plan will occur over the next 18 months starting January 2023. The planning process will incorporate public input from surveys, direct stakeholders and public input sessions to be scheduled during the process timeframe. 

Within the 2045 State Long-Range Transportation Plan (MM2045), active transportation is a vital factor in an integrated transportation system that improves safety and enhances mobility and connectivity throughout Michigan. The North Region planning agencies will embrace the goals and objectives outlined in the statewide plan to develop the regional Active Transportation Plan and Investment Strategy for MDOT and those portions of the north not covered by a local or regional nonmotorized planning document. This plan will serve as a planning tool primarily for MDOT Region Planner, TAP and Planning Staff. However, it also serves as an opportunity for counties, communities, and other stakeholders to communicate their AT goals, objectives and plans and may serve as a basis for their own plans.

The plan will cover 21 counties of northern Michigan: Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Iosco, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, and Wexford. The goal of this plan is to highlight major gaps in the nonmotorized transportation network in the North Region so they can be filled during future projects to enhance connectivity and mobility across a system for all users. By working within each of the planning regions, an inventory of nonmotorized connections will be reviewed by local partners and governments to engage stakeholders and provide the best insight into local conditions and challenges.


Please check back with this website as updates are made regularly. 


Learn more about The 2008 NW MI Regional Non-Motorized Comprehensive Strategy >

The final product will be posted here and on MDOT's website:


Questions and comments can be directed to: 

Mathew Cooke or Rob Carson by phone or by using our contact form.

Phone: 231-929-5000

Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.
- Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission