Genesee Valley Trail

Genesee Valley Trail The trail begins at the Flint Twp Park along Norko to Linden Road at Genesee Valley Center and heads North East through Chevy Commons and ending in Carriage Town at the plaza adjacent to historic Factory One on Water Street and the Flint River Trail.
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Created to raise awareness of the Genesee Valley Trail. Engineering funds are needed to submit the plans and lock in the funding that has been set aside. Construction of the trail will be 100% funded by federal, state and county funds that have been set aside.

Created to raise awareness of the Genesee Valley Trail. Engineering funds are needed to submit the plans and lock in the funding that has been set aside. Construction of the trail will be 100% funded by federal, state and county funds that have been set aside.

Operating as usual

06/08/2021

Added this view of downtown Flint from the newly landscaped portion of Chevy Commons west of Chevrolet Avenue off the Genesee Valley Trail.

Views from the newly landscaped portion of Chevy Commons west of Chevrolet Avenue off the Genesee Valley Trail.
06/05/2021

Views from the newly landscaped portion of Chevy Commons west of Chevrolet Avenue off the Genesee Valley Trail.

It was such a nice day today that I got my classic Raleigh Grand Prix out of the basement and, after inflating the tires...
03/10/2021

It was such a nice day today that I got my classic Raleigh Grand Prix out of the basement and, after inflating the tires, rode the Genesee Valley Trail to Chevrolet Avenue and back.

It was such a nice day today that I got my classic Raleigh Grand Prix out of the basement and, after inflating the tires, rode the Genesee Valley Trail to Chevrolet Avenue and back.

06/25/2020

Just a note to say that the HAWK signal on Corunna Road by Dom's Diner is back in operation.

Today, I had to go to the Recycle Bike Shop to replace worn out parts.  Can you guess what were replaced?
06/11/2020

Today, I had to go to the Recycle Bike Shop to replace worn out parts. Can you guess what were replaced?

It looks as if the portion of the trail between Chevrolet Avenue and the Factory One plaza has its own identity as the C...
04/30/2020
Chevy Commons Trail | Michigan Trails | TrailLink

It looks as if the portion of the trail between Chevrolet Avenue and the Factory One plaza has its own identity as the Chevy Commons Trail.

Chevy Commons Trail spans 0.89 mi. from N Grand Traverse St. to S Chevrolet Ave. (Genesee Valley Trail). View amenities, descriptions, reviews, photos, itineraries, and directions on TrailLink.

The poster on the back of the multilingual Brooks saddle manual is worth sharing. I love it!
01/23/2020
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The poster on the back of the multilingual Brooks saddle manual is worth sharing. I love it!

09/27/2019

My vintage Raleigh Grand Prix is now on its fourth set of tires--the original Raleigh tires, the next two set over the years were Schwinns and now I am on a set of Kenda tires.

09/25/2019

Yesterday, I found a slow leak on my circa 9-year-old front tire. I dropped off the wheel this morning to Kassy at Good Beans. She noticed a bit of dry rot so I opted to replace the tire. I got a new rear tire earlier this summer so I will have a matched pair Friday afternoon when the wheel should be ready. Of course, there will be a new inner tube inside.

09/16/2019

This afternoon, I did something I had not done before. I've ridden the GV trail to its eastern end at the Carriage Town Plaza numerous times and I will do it again tomorrow for the University Ave. Corridor luncheon at Factory One. Today, I rode the trail to its western end at the Flint Township Park on Norko & Dye where it loops around. As you may know, the trail may be extended westward next year past Dye to connect to an existing trail in Swartz Creek.

As you may know, I am an author who is working on my third book.
09/12/2019

As you may know, I am an author who is working on my third book.

Right now I am gathering material for probably the most ambitious subsection of Lost Flint yet which are places lost to Water Street Pavilion. One of the places (make that three) was the former Hubbard Hardware store on S. Saginaw St., the overhead passageway above Brush Alley and the warehouse beyond that passageway. Just days before announcing that the store would be closing after 98 years in business in August 1963, they ran this ad showing that they sold not just any brand of bicycle, they sold Schwinns.

A bicycle trip to  Back to the Bricks
08/17/2019

A bicycle trip to Back to the Bricks

A bicycle trip to Back to the Bricks.

On the way home from Back to the Bricks, I took this photo facing downtown.
08/17/2019

On the way home from Back to the Bricks, I took this photo facing downtown.

07/28/2019

The plaza next to Factory One where the GV Trail connects to the Flint River Trail has new park equipment including a bike rack.

It looks as if the GV Trail will be extended westward into Swartz Creek.
07/27/2019
Trail prep moves forward as city awaits word on DNR grant | Swartz Creek View

It looks as if the GV Trail will be extended westward into Swartz Creek.

SWARTZ CREEK – City officials remain optimistic that the state Department of Natural Resources will award the city a Trust Fund grant to extend the Genesee Valley Trail into the city. In anticipation of a positive review from the DNR this fall, the City Council has opted to proceed with preliminar...

07/19/2019

My Raleigh Grand Prix is back in action. I picked up the repaired rear wheel from Kassy at Factory Two this morning.

07/12/2019

Well, my bike is out of commission because my rear tire blew out. Fortunately, it was AFTER I rode the bike on the trail to Dutcher Road and back. Tomorrow I will be in Fenton at Fenton's Open Book to promote my two books so I'll see Jon or Kassy on Tuesday morning at Good Beans.

07/02/2019

This is a heads up. Because of the planned 4th of July fireworks display, the portion of the Genesee Valley Trail between Stevenson and Grand Traverse will be closed on Thursday, July 4.

I still have the manual and original receipt for my 1980 vintage Raleigh Grand Prix 10-speed.
06/25/2019

I still have the manual and original receipt for my 1980 vintage Raleigh Grand Prix 10-speed.

06/23/2019

Better late than never. WJRT's coverage of the Flint Cycle Fest two weeks ago which incorporated the newly opened portion of the GV trail which was the final part of the route.

05/23/2019

I signed up for the Crim Cycle Fest riding the 10 miles on June 9.

05/15/2019

While the Genesee Valley Trail is basically complete now, I feel it is not quite complete yet. I hope there will be funding to relocate the Corunna Road stretch of the trail to the old Grand Trunk freight yard and a bike/pedestrian bridge built where the viaduct used to be over I-75. The old freight yard can also serve as a park. Any comments?

05/10/2019

I received the following reply regarding my inquiry about installing a bike rack at Factory One:

Hello Gary,

Thanks for reaching out about the Plaza next to Factory One. While we
are excited that the trail now terminates in our neighborhood, we have
been faced with some challenges in that space. We are working
diligently to obtain grant funding to spruce up the Plaza with picnic
tables, benches, new landscaping, trash receptacles and of course, bike
racks. We hope to have funding available and the project completed
later on this summer. If you have any further concerns, let us know!

Best,

Nick Kedovary
President

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Thank You
Carriage Town Historic Neighborhood Association

04/25/2019

WEYI channel 25's coverage of the dedication of the final section of the Genesee Valley Trail from Chevrolet Avenue to Factory One on Water Street. That's me riding my vintage Raleigh 10-speed as the first bike following the ribbon cutting. They were the only station covering the event.

Dedication photos of the final portion of the Genesee Valley Trail running through Chevy Commons and ending at the plaza...
04/24/2019

Dedication photos of the final portion of the Genesee Valley Trail running through Chevy Commons and ending at the plaza next to Factory One where it connects to the Flint River Trail. The ribbon cutting took place on the Chevrolet Avenue side. WEYI channel 25/WSMH channel 66 covered the event and I set the DVR to record channel 25's 6 p.m. newscast. I plan on sharing the video here.

From left to right: Lindsay Ross, David Martin, Joe Kraphol, Barry June, and Jacob Maurer.  Joe is cutting the ribbon to...
04/24/2019

From left to right: Lindsay Ross, David Martin, Joe Kraphol, Barry June, and Jacob Maurer. Joe is cutting the ribbon to officially open the final stretch of the Genesee Valley Trail.

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The trail starts at the Flint Township Park on Norko Drive and runs for 3,500 feet to Linden Road where you cross to Genesee Valley Center. From Genesee Valley Center you ride 2.6 miles through nature to Corunna Road and continue northeast to Chevrolet Avenue, where it connects to the Swartz Creek Trail, continuing through Chevy Commons and ending in Carriage Town at the plaza adjacent to historic Factory One on Water Street where is connects to the Flint River Trail where you can ride to Stepping Stone Falls. Most of the Genesee Valley Trail utilizes former Grand Trunk Western Railway right of way.


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Yesterday I got a $2 check from Boyer Candy Company for turning in 500 points from consuming Clark candy cups over the past few months. Being such a nice day today, I rode by bike downtown using the Genesee Valley and Flint River Trails to the Huntington Bank branch under the weatherball to deposit the check. The account and transaction info has been erased from the ATM receipt. One thing to point out. Even though Stevenson Street is open again, they did not fix the expansion joints over the bridge which meant a bumpy ride on that bridge.
Enjoyed the trail today. Do you know if a paved connection between 75 and Corunna - the trail (not the road) will happen? See dashed lines in that area on Google Maps.
Are there any plans to extend the trail along the old rail line west of LInden Rd. toward Sw. Creek? Also, is there a "Friends of the Trail" group for the GVT? The area of the trail just east of Ballenger is nasty with dumped garbage. I would be down for a clean-up effort if we could get some people together!
Would like weeds cut down in front of the two evergreen pine trees located just west of the Graham Rd bridge on the north side. I bent over some of the weeds but there are vines all over so it is hard to see them. Not many pretty flowers left either. It used to be a very scenic walking trail. To much overgrowth now. Jean Cason
Here's a plug for bikers to stop at Dom's Diner for lunch or dessert. Maybe a cookie skillet. They do not yet have a bike rack but told us that they are installing one very soon. In the meantime, the trail sign posts serve as a decent place to lock bikes.
Thank you. Thank you! I’m not sure who I should send this to, but I really want to express my appreciation for the new pedestrian bridges and the network of trails around Chevy Commons. We just biked four miles in and around that area and I am so impressed - by several things really. Since we first heard about the bridge and new trails just after we moved here in April 2017 we have been excitedly anticipating the completion. It was announced at our first UACC meeting as scheduled for completion by the fall of 2018. I have to admit that several of us have wondered about that schedule - because we all know that things often take longer than hoped. But here we are and it’s happening. The bridges are in and the trails are almost done and even the landscaping… The trails are far beyond what I had pictured. We were excited about it simply “filling the gap” to the Genesee Valley Trail which is what I remember from the announcement. Sure enough, it does that, but much more. Several elements make it a great place to work out - with a mix of hills and curves and lofty stretches overlooking the river - and all the little “corners” and boulders that will make great picnic spots. We are already planning to bring our grand-kids and their bikes as soon as it is warm enough in the spring. We’re guessing it might turn out to be THE very best place in the area for little guys to bike safely. As I turned back east overlooking the entire downtown vista, I began feeling grateful for the vision and work of those who have been involved in making this happen. This is my attempt to let at least some of you know of that gratitude. It is important work that you do but perhaps not always easy to see the value of the bottom line. Please know that it is appreciated - by many. Nearly every time we’ve been out on the new trails, we’ve met others who are beaming and commenting about how wonderful it is. Please accept my heartfelt thanks - and feel free to pass this along to others who should see it.
Thanks for updating this page Gary! Nice job!