The Cornelius, Mooresville and Lincoln County boards of commissioners are scheduled Monday to consider a plan to encircle Lake Norman with bicycle lanes and paths.
The proposed Lake Norman Regional Bicycle Plan would be the state's first such network connecting parks, downtowns, a lake and other destinations.
At separate meetings, the boards will consider the recommendations of their planning boards that they endorse the plan.
Davidson's Greenways, Trails & Bikeways Advisory Board has likewise recommended the plan to its town board of commissioners, which is scheduled to consider the plan Feb. 9.
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The Huntersville Planning Board voted unanimously last week to recommend the plan to that town's board of commissioners. But it also recommended that the commissioners hold a public hearing or workshop before considering whether to endorse the plan. The commissioners could consider those recommendations Feb. 15.
The Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization, which oversees the transportation system in Mecklenburg and Union counties, endorsed the plan Jan. 20.
The N.C. Board of Transportation in Raleigh, which has final say, will hear about the plan at its March meeting and could consider approving it at its April meeting, said Bjorn Hansen of the Centralina Council of Governments in Charlotte.
DOT could then move ahead with signage for the route this summer, he said.
Numerous possible sites are identified in the plan, such as Lake Norman State Park in Troutman, Blythe Landing Park in Cornelius, Beatties Ford Park in Denver and the Davidson College lake campus.
Lake Norman State Park will be a main destination, Bob Mosher, principal planner with N.C. DOT's Division of Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation, told the Observer last year. "Lake Norman is the focus," he said.
The state selected Lake Norman and adjacent counties - Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg - for the first regional plan because of decades-long interest in a bike network there, Mosher said. He traced the interest through news articles to at least the early 1980s.
Former N.C. Transportation Board member Frank Johnson of Statesville revived plans for a network encircling the state's largest manmade lake early in the last decade. Because the plans had no funding, they didn't advance, officials said.
The state DOT committed $171,000 to complete the plan now being considered by the Lake Norman area governments.