The Bike Fed’s vision to make Wisconsin “America’s Best Ride” includes the creation of a statewide network of interconnected bikeways. Using a numbered or named wayfinding system, these state routes will utilize both our existing state trail system and excellent roadway system. We are delighted to announce that we are much closer to making this statewide bikeway system a reality!
The Bike Fed, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation have partnered together to oversee the funding and generation of a Statewide Bikeways Plan. Currently in the solicitation for services phase, the plan will contain recommendations, standards, methodology, and guidelines for identifying, designating and signing regional, intrastate and interstate bikeways.
To put it in layman’s terms, we’ll be getting a roadmap of how to create our bikeways, as well as turn by turn directions for the proposed Wisconsin segments of the U.S. Bike Route network. There are currently four US Bike Routes proposed for Wisconsin – 10, 20, 30 and 37. More information on the USBR system can be found here: http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/us-bicycle-route-system/national-corridor-plan/
The focus of the Wisconsin plan will be on key regional and cross-state routes, major city connections, and linkages to USBR bikeways of adjacent states. For the more technical plan details, you can read this solicitation notice posted on the DOT’s website – look for the Statewide Intrastate Bikeway notification.
The planning process is expected to start in November of this year and Wisconsinites across the state will be given the opportunity to provide input.
We couldn’t be more excited that Wisconsin is moving forward with this visionary plan. As soon as we can, we will share more detailed information, but we can’t do that while the state is seeking proposals. We can say that in order to get the state departments to agree to this, the Bike Fed committed to contributing a significant percentage of the cost of the project. If you share our vision, please help us fund our share by joining us as a member or donating whatever you can afford if you are already a member.