With only days left to fund the Lakeshore Bike Lane and $20,000 pledged through last weekend, Ottawa County officials and partners in the community entered the week cautiously optimistic that they could still raise the additional $40,000 needed to fund the effort. Then, final construction bids were confirmed lowering the cost of completing the bike lane to $138,039. As a result, the combination of $23,325 in crowd funding pledges and $120,000 in previous contributions is enough to construct the widened, 4-foot-wide bike lane on Lakeshore Drive between Butternut Drive and New Holland Street.
“Support from our local community and area businesses has been spectacular,” said Greg DeJong, Ottawa County Commissioner and Chairman of the Ottawa County Planning Commission. “On behalf of the Ottawa County Planning Commission and Ottawa County Board of Commissioners, I’m thrilled to announce that our financial goal to help extend the Lake Shore Drive Bike Lane has been met! So many things make Ottawa County a great place to call home and the generosity of our community is just one of them.”
The Ottawa County Planning Commission launched a crowd-funding campaign on Monday, July 13, 2015 to secure funds for the widened bike lane on Lakeshore Drive between Butternut Drive and New Holland Street. The new bike lane will complement a 4-foot-wide bike lane on Lakeshore between Robbins Road and Croswell Street and is part of a long-term effort to create a cyclist-safe stretch from Grand Haven to Holland.
“In the beginning, I did not know if we could make this happen. However, people in the community, local government, non-profits groups, and area businesses rallied together in an impressive show of support,” said Kerry Irons, of Pedal Holland. “This will be a great asset for the community and I am excited to get out there and ride it later this year.”
Over $120,000 was secured from contributions by the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners, the Port Sheldon Township Board, the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission, Herman Miller Cares, ODL Inc. of Zeeland, the Macatawa Area Cycling Club, the Holland Convention & Visitors Bureau and Scholten Fant. The crowd-funding campaign also received an important boost through contributions by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and Rick and Melissa DeVos.