June 14, 2011 – In its continuing efforts to make Midland more bicycle-friendly, the City of Midland, Non-Motorized Transportation (NMT) Committee, and Midland Area Community Foundation have teamed up to coordinate a fundraising challenge that will help further develop bike paths around Midland.


Thanks to a generous $25,000 matching grant from Dave and Patti Kepler, a special challenge grant fund has been set up whereby citizens and organizations can donate to create more bike path connections in the city.  Between June and Labor Day, the Keplers will match every dollar donated (up to a total of $25,000), in hopes of raising $50,000 to connect nearly all Midland neighborhoods to downtown and the Pere Marquette Rail and Chippewa trails.


The City of Midland and the volunteer-led NMT Committee have already started work on a city-wide network of bike routes and lanes to enable safe access to a variety of destinations like parks, schools, workplaces, and other common destinations.  Phase 1 of a two-phase project is partially complete:  during 2010, bike lanes were painted onto Ashman and Rodd streets between Nelson and downtown Midland, and signage and pavement markings now appear on many streets near downtown. Connecting Midland neighborhoods with the downtown area and Midland’s top trails will complete Phase 1.


Phase 2 will involve extending bike routes, lanes, and signage further throughout the city, as highlighted in a comprehensive NMT plan, which can be found online at


Donations to the Non-Motorized Transportation Improvement Project Fund can be made online ( or in person at the Midland Area Community Foundation (76 Ashman Circle, Midland, MI 48640).    


Questions about donating can be directed to the Foundation at 989-839-9661.  For information on the NMT plan, call the City of Midland at 989-837-3379 or visit


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