Non-Motorized Transportation Plan

Check out the replay of the public information session and meeting from June 21, 2023 -

2023 update, continued from 2019

Non-Motorized Transportation Plan graphic with Battle Creek skyline

The update to the city's 2006 Non-Motorized Transportation Plan started in 2019 to re-evaluate the community's needs and address remaining work. We received new ideas, and we have accomplished many recommended improvements, but there is more work to do. 

The community worked hard to develop the content of this new plan with us over the last several years. Now that COVID-19 is no longer an emergency, we are back to finish this important update!

The draft plan is ready for final review and community feedback before the Planning Commission and City Commission vote on its adoption. 

Check out the plan - linked at the right, and discussed in the video at the top of this page - and we would love to hear your feedback about it by Saturday, July 8! You can ...

  • Call the Planning staff at 269-966-3311
  • Email Planning Supervisor Darcy Schmitt at
  • Use our quick, online form

Thank you for participating! Staff will share public comments with the planning and city commissions before they consider adoption of the new plan.

2019 spring/early summer: Public kick-off workshops/survey

City staff kicked off the planning effort with public workshops, mapping exercises, and community-wide survey to inform the City which streets, paths, rivers, etc. are used by the community; and where issues with those areas exist. Thank you for participating!

Click the image to open the survey results:

NMTP survey graphic Opens in new window

Planning for users who walk, bicycle, kayak, and more!

This plan strives to accomplish the following:

  • Improve pedestrian and bicycle connections and safety
  • Enhance canoe/kayak/SUP water trails and amenities
  • Maintain existing infrastructure for continued use
  • Strategic decision-making for growth and value-added features
  • Examine sidewalks, bike lanes, Linear Park (multi-use pathway), and trails for safety, extensions, and maintenance
  • Increase healthy outdoor options for neighbors and visitors
  • Ensure safe routes to school for kids, parents, and teachers
  • Reduce pollution by providing more routes options for non-motorized transportation users
  • Enhance connections to the Iron Belle Trail, North Country Trail, and Great Lakes-to-Lakes Trail systems
  • Add more connections between people and places
  1. Darcy Schmitt

    Planning Supervisor

Click the cover image to see the full draft plan:

Cover of Battle Creek 2023 Non-Motorized Transportation Plan

More info

2006 Non-Motorized Transportation Plan

Non-Motorized Transportation Plan cover image

2006 Plan: Map of Recommended Improvements 

Battle Creek non-motorized transportation network - 2006
  1. Bicycling
  2. Kayaking & Canoeing
  3. Local events
  4. Trails
  5. Regional plan
  6. Regulatory & Advisory info
  7. Accolades