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There are some great non-motorized efforts happening in southwest Michigan.  Click on these links below to find out more!

Current Southwest Michigan Road and Trail Bicycling Guide

Southwest Region Nonmotorized Transportation Plan 2020 with map links



Berrien County 2019 Non-Motorized Summit 

2011 Southwest Michigan Non-Motorized Transportation Plan 2011 for Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren Counties.


Read about what is happening in SW Michigan  

Southwest Michigan Local Non-Motorized Efforts 

Trail Towns

Water Trails


Pedestrian & Bicycle Roadway Design – Safe, Smart and Defendable

Sample resolution for Bike To Work Week

Share the Road

Hawk Signals informational guide

League of Michigan Bicyclists



Trail Users

  1. Information on Southwest Michigan County Parks, Trails and Bike Routes
  2. Trail and Biking Maps for Southwest Michigan and other places in Michigan
  3. Trail News and Events
  4. Trail Etiquette and Safety
  5. Trail Benefits Fact Sheets


Trail Builders/Planners

  1. SMART-Southwest Michigan Alliance for Recreational Trails
  2. Trail/Bike Organizations & Regional Trails
  3. Benefits of Trails
  4. Trail Benefits Fact Sheets
  5. Grants
  6. Trail Training Opportunities


Trails and greenways are an important component of our quality of life.  MI has 131 established trails that cover over 1,300 miles.  Trails and greenways allow people to explore nature in their own way by biking, hiking, bird watching or canoeing.  Greenways connect greenspaces to our built environment and enhance our quality of life.  To learn more about Green Infrastructure in Southwest Michigan click here.


Why Do We Need Trails?

  • Provides safe and inexpensive activities for families, groups and individuals 
  • Connects people to nature
  • Pollution free activies
  • Creates opportunities for exercise for all age groups
  • Allows for alternate transportation methods to work and to school
  • Provides habitat corridors for animals and plants


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This page last updated on 10/22/2020.
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission  
376 West Main Street  Suite 130  Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3651
Phone: 269.925.1137  Fax: 269.925.0288  

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