The Friends of Berrien County Trails is spearheading the development of a county-wide trails plan. The trail facilities to be addressed in the plan will include Shared Use Paths, Paved Shoulders/Bike Lanes, Sharrows, US/County/Local Bike Routes, Water (paddling) Trails, and Parks with Hiking Trails, Mountain Biking Trails, Cross Country Skiing Trails and Equestrian Trails.
This plan will help municipalities and trail organizations to seek and secure resources and funding to advance a connected trail system for the county.
The Friends of the Berrien County Trails envisions a future in which walking, paddling, and bicycling opportunities are easily accessible throughout Berrien County for people of all ages and abilities. Berrien County has numerous natural and community assets that uniquely position it to become a national leader in trail development and achieve benefits such as improved personal wellbeing and community health, reduced traffic congestion, better resident and talent attraction, and enhanced quality of life.
The Berrien County Trails Master Plan will provide the tools to achieve this vision, engaging a broad group of stakeholders in a process that will build community consensus on future project priorities and investments. This plan will support the case for integration of trails as foundational to future overall transportation and recreation planning activities.
PURPOSE & GOALS
The purpose of the Berrien County Trails Master Plan is to be a guide for future trail planning and implementation throughout Berrien County. It is our intent that the Trails Master Plan serves as a comprehensive plan for non-motorized transportation and recreation opportunities linking the assets and communities in Berrien County, along with providing connectivity throughout the region.
The Friends of Berrien County Trails have identified a bold vision for the future of trails in Berrien County that, in conjunction with the supporting goals and objectives, will provide the foundation for all physical and policy recommendations in the Plan. As a means of supporting the vision, goals will be developed along the following key themes:
This plan is intended to identify needs, resources, and strategies that encourage and enhance bicycle and pedestrian travel and recreational use.