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Ottawa County reaches bike lane funding goal

Posted at 9:12 AM, Jul 23, 2015

HOLLAND, Mich. – Ottawa County’s effort to use crowd funding to pay for a bike lane on Lakeshore Drive has proven successful.

The effort by the Ottawa County Planning Commission netted $23,325 since July 13.  Construction bids came in lower than expected and with $120,000 previously contributed, the project will go foward.

The four-foot wide bike lane will be 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 in a press release.

The $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.

The campaign will remain open until July 24 at this link – www.patronicity.com/LakeshoreBikeLane .