Pop-up bike lanes have been installed on 8th Street between Chicago Drive and US-31 to improve safety for people who walk and bike along this stretch of roadway. The project connects downtown Holland, Holland Charter Township, and surrounding neighborhoods.
The pop-up’s lane configurations came out of safety improvements that were suggested back in 2015 after a road safety audit was completed by the MACC, City of Holland, Holland Charter Township, Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH), Ottawa County Road Commission, and Pedal Holland.
The project will remain in place until September 1st and is jointly funded by the MACC, OCDPH, and a mini-grant by the League of Michigan Bicyclists.
If you would like the opportunity to cycle on the pop-up with a group, be sure to join us on a ride, August 25 (7 pm) – which starts and ends at Centennial Park. Riders will make a stop along the route for free smoothies. Remember to always wear a helmet and observe all traffic rules when riding.
The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council (MACC) and the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (ODCMG) have been jointly holding spring and fall cleanups for over ten years. Participating is a lot of fun and bizarre things are always found.
To unearth the next big discovery, the fall Macatawa River Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, September 16 from 1-4pm at Dunton Park near the boat launch. Volunteers can pick up trash on foot or in kayaks that are provided by ODCMG. All ages are welcome but the group does request that anyone under 16 years old be accompanied by an adult.
Aquatic macroinvertebrates are bugs that live in the water. They include insects, crustaceans, clams, mussels, and snails. They vary in shape and size, but all live in the water for at least a portion of their life cycle. Their survival depends on clean water, though different types have varying sensitivities to water pollution.
During our collections, we examine many types of bugs present in a stream to get a general idea of the health of that stream. Most water bugs live among rocks, under logs or in leaf packs, making them relatively easy collect with a net. The MACC partners with the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway to monitor these bugs at 7 locations in the Macatawa Watershed twice a year.
Our next water bug collection will be taking place on Thursday, September 21st, 1-4pm. RSVP is required. Contact Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-395-2688 to sign-up or for more information. Please provide us with the best way to contact you in the event we need to cancel because of weather.