Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Border to Border Trail (B2B) – Connecting Communities One Path at a Time

Click here to view the entire B2B Map from ewashtenaw.org

The Border to Border Trail (B2B) is making headway through Washtenaw from Livingston to Wayne County.

The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation has made a commitment to complete a 35 mile paved path across the county to provide non-motorized transportation, recreation, access to waterways, and to link counties throughout southeast Michigan.

I have biked the B2B trail this summer and found the best starting point to be Bandemer Park, located on Barton Dr. across from M-14. From there you can ride or walk south towards Argo Park. You will pass the Ann Arbor Rowing Club where you may get a glimpse of different crew teams practicing. The trail takes you along the Argo Cascades and Dam. You may see kayakers, canoers, and fisherman there enjoying the waterways.

From Argo you head towards Riverside Park where you will cross over the Huron River to Fuller Park and toward Gallup. There are B2B signs posted along the trail. Be sure to continue looking for them since many of the parks offer other trails to use and you could find yourself on a short detour around the beautiful Gallup Park.

You then head to Parker Mill County Park until you find yourself riding along the Dixboro Rd. You then cross over the Huron River Bridge again towards Washtenaw Community College. I have not gone any further, but know that you can continue on to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. The Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti trail is completely off the road. Although the entire B2B trail is not completed yet, you can use the many shoulder biking lanes throughout the cities to get across the county.

 There has been groups independent of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation that are also dedicated to this project. Friends of the Border to Border Trail started in 2008 to make sure the trails would be maintained, maps would be created and shared, and promoting the use of the trails. Visit them on Facebook to get some of the most up to date information on new connections on the B2B trail. They have recently announced that Dexter to Hudson Mills will be started in the Spring of 2014.

The Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition (WBWC) has also been an advocate at public community advisory meetings to get the trail completed and making it safe for residents to use. They are working with the city and universities to make sure it is accommodating the needs of all people and abilities.

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation have been offering grants to the townships to help them complete this wonderful endeavor for everyone to get outside to enjoy!

Check back as we continue to get the most up-to-date information on trail completions and maps.


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