More than 45 miles of safety paths and six miles of trails for pedestrians and bicyclists have been constructed since 1988 to provide recreational use as well as a means of safely getting to many points of interest throughout the community. A map of our safety paths and trailways is now available for viewing on-line!
Polly Ann Trail Photos
Paint Creek Trailway Photos:
Safety Paths 1978-2012
- 1978 – Bike paths introduced to the Township Board.
- 1978 – Millage request (1/4 mill for 10 years) failed by 150 votes.
- 1979 – Map of bike path routes approved.
- 1987 – All developers of property required to install safety paths.
- 1987 – Community committee met to consider idea of safety paths.
- 1987 – First path constructed across from Waldon Middle School.
- 1988 – Millage request (1/4 mill for 10 years) approved by 13 votes.
- 1989 – Parks & Recreation Director hired and Safety Path Advisory Committee appointed.
- 1990 – Clarkston Road safety path built with millage funds.
- 1991 – Ordinance 97, Safety Path Regulation, adopted by Township Board.
- 1992 – Pine Tree/Heights safety path installed.
- 1992 – Safety Path Master Plan adopted by the Planning Commission.
- 1993 – Flintridge/Maybee safety path installed.
- 1994 – Safety paths constructed on Joslyn and Baldwin.
- 1995 – Heights/Joslyn safety path installed.
- 1997 – Clarkston & Baldwin (at Friendship Park)
- 1997 – Waldon (Joslyn to Middle School drive)
- 1997 – Baldwin (on west side, to Maybee)
- 1998 – Joslyn Road (Scripps to Clarkston)
- 1998 – Safety Path Millage renewed for 10 years
- 1998 – Waldon (Baldwin to The Preserves)
- 1998 – Maybee (Baldwin to Rolling Meadows)
- 1999 – Clarkston (south side, Joslyn to Rhodes)
- 1999 – 760 Joslyn (in front of)
- 1999 – Glanworth Sidewalk Repairs
- 2000 – Silverbell (north side, Kaeleaf to M-24)
- 2000 – Kern (Mountainview to the Bald Mountain Recreation Area)
- 2001 – Conklin (DeGoff to Golfview)
- 2002 – Baldwin (Sandoval to Clarkston)
- 2002 – Goldengate Access Point Project Photos
- 2004 – Clarkston (south side, Joslyn to Baldwin)
- 2005 – Orion (Corners Ct. to Atwater), capped path on Clarkston (Heights to Lapeer)
- 2006 – Silverbell (Oakland Ridge to Squirrel)
- 2007 – Pine Tree (elementary school to Leidich)
- 2007 – Baldwin (Waldon to Eaton Gate)
- 2007 – Various sections on Lapeer Road (M-24)
- 2008 – Safety Path Millage renewed for 10 years
- 2009 – Orion (Corners Ct. to Grampian)
- 2010 – Maybee (south side, Forest Spring Dr. to Ashley), including boardwalk and pedestrian crossover
- 2010 – Orion Road (west side, Kern to Grampian)
- 2010 – Lapeer Road (east side, BW3 to over Indian Lake Road bridge), including gravel spur from safety path to Waterview Drive cul-de-sac
- 2010 – Numerous maintenance repairs completed, including signage
- 2010 – Goldengate restoration completed
- 2011 – Phase I & II of Path Repair Program completed
- 2011 – Bridge railings installed over Indian Lake Road
- 2012 – Kern Road (spur connecting existing pathway to Paint Creek Trail)
- 2012 – Gaps completed on Lapeer Road (M-24), west side, Clarkston to Scripps
- Baldwin, north to roundabout, and east on Indianwood
Orion Township is responsible for repairing and maintaining safety paths, as well as the portion of the Paint Creek Trail and Polly Ann Trail within our community. Individual property owners are responsible for keeping paths free of debris. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the safety path, including parked cars and trucks. Citizens are requested to report any problems (violations of Ord. 97, drainage concerns, or the need for repairs) to the Operations Director, (248) 391-0304, ext. 141.
First presented to the Township Board in 1978, the idea of bike paths, or safety paths, in Orion Township was developed by a small committee of seven residents. They saw the need to get people safely around the growing community, whether on foot or by bicycle, and to connect the residents of the community from the Village of Lake Orion to the Gingellville area, through the most-densely populated neighborhoods, allowing them pedestrian access to schools, parks, the library, and shopping. There was also the desire to provide the opportunity for passive family recreation. It took nearly ten years to begin to bring the idea to reality, with the construction of the first path along Waldon Road from Joslyn to Baldwin. In 1988, a second attempt at a millage proposal (1/4 mill for ten years) was successful, with approval by a margin of only 13 votes. And now, over twenty years after the first request to the Township Board, after countless hours of staff and volunteer discussion, planning and decision-making, safety paths in Orion Township are an idea whose time has come.
Safety paths in Orion Township are under the jurisdiction of the Supervisor’s Office. Recommendations about safety path issues, concerning location, construction, maintenance, etc., are made by the Safety Path Advisory Committee, which meets at 7:00 p.m. at Township Hall, on these dates. The Committee is assisted by the Operations Director and the Township engineering consultants. Members are appointed for three-year terms by the Township Board. Anyone interested in serving on this very important volunteer committee should fill out this application form and send it to the Township Clerk, Charter Township of Orion, 2525 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion MI 48360.
Suggestions for future paths are always welcome and should be submitted in writing to the Safety Path Advisory Committee.
For more information about safety paths and hiking/biking trails in Orion Township, please call (248) 391-0304, ext. 141, or contact us by email.