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The only state highway in the U.S. where motor vehicles are banned: M-185

GasBuddy Blog -- It's the only state highway in the nation where motor vehicles are prohibited, surrounded by the fresh blue water of Lake Michigan: M-185. About the only rubber hitting the road in this town comes from bicycles making their way around the island loop of 8 miles. The rules date back to the 1890's, and since the start of the ban, just a handful of vehicles have ever rumbled on the asphalt. Even emergency vehicle traffic here is rare, with the local fire department owning a fire truck that probably sees more darkness than light.

In fact, it is likely among the safest roads in America- because of the ban on motor vehicles, no doubt. M-185 hadn't seen one accident since it was bestowed the title of state highway until 2005 rolled around...


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Submitted Jun 19, 2012 By: PD
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ok
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old news
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2012 10:14:34 AM

bike paths are not highways! Pull any Federal funding!
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neat stuff
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Wow
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2012 12:16:47 PM

On Jun 25, 2012 8:03:02 AM, albert2008 wrote:

>just a fancy name for a bike path

They also have horse-drawn carriages going around M-185.
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just a fancy name for a bike path
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2012 5:08:17 PM

Makes me wonder why M-185 is a designated state highway when it is in reality a walking/biking/riding trail
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Great
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old
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 5:00:02 AM

interesting piece of American life. Though as always, it's a PD piece. Getting old to see two PD posts top the chart of the 5 front page news items.
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old
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2012 3:46:51 AM

state highway or bike path?
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2012 12:08:18 AM

Huron, Not Michigan. You haven't spent much time up there, have you, don't look for fire engines, or utility trucks. Snowmobiles in the winter.
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2012 9:14:05 PM

I have been to beautiful Mackinac Island. The road is more of a pedestrian walkway. But I thought in was on Lake Huron, not Lake Michigan.

[Edited by: txrojo2005 at 6/20/2012 10:15:28 PM EST]
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But it experiences a whole lot of horse sh*t. Great "Dirty Jobs" episode with Mike Roe about the island and the no car rules.
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hiways have existed long before motor vehicles and will continue long after
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ok...
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Swell!
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Does it have a cloverleaf interchange.
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Good place to visit-Pure Michigan.
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Gas tax pays for the road but can't use it!
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good for Mackinac Island
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Looks like a cool place to visit.
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Very interesting, but I enjoyed it more yesterday.
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2012 2:00:43 PM

Interesting perhaps but not relevant to gas prices.
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2012 2:00:29 PM

Of course you have to take a ferryboat from Mackinac City or St. Ignace to get there, which uses a lot of fuel, or a snowmobile on the ice bridge in the winter while watching out for cracks or icebreakers. The last time I was there it was in Lake Huron, not Michigan.
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We are blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery in our state.
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Ok
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I hope our fuel taxes aren't being used to maintain the HIGHWAY!
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2012 1:52:21 PM

OOPS, that location is on an island located in Lake Huron and not Lake Michigan.

Just in case you'd like to visit the place. I see that most folks just blew this off but they should have caught the error at least.
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2012 1:50:18 PM

.
Its NOT a highway if cars and trucks don't travel on it, period.

I guess since all the real news is against Nobama for the last 2 weeks, it was time for a fluff piece that if any of us posted would be deleted by PD.
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2012 1:48:14 PM

Nice article, but how does it pertain to gas prices?
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Soon it probably will change.
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ok >
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old news
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2012 1:46:08 PM

okay...this is relevant here because?
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So!?
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2012 1:44:36 PM

Yawn....And this is relevant to saving money on gas how? By walking or taking my bike? Sorry, this won't work in most places of Southern California where I live, But its a nice thought, I guess......
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Ain't that nice!
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k
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Crazy!
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Been there, but didn't know it actually had a number designation!
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Looks pleasant.
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a wonderful place to visit, horse and buggies instead of cars
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2012 1:34:26 PM

picture of it here..
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b4/M-185_Biking_near_Mile_Marker1.jpg/800px-M-185_Biking_near_Mile_Marker1.jpg

[Edited by: dwbuddy at 6/20/2012 2:35:34 PM EST]
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Kinda interesting.
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old news
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