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The vision for the Peace Trail is to connect the cities of Beloit and Janesville with an off-road transportation corridor for bicycling and pedestrian uses. Once completed, the Peace Trail will connect north to Janesville’s segment of the Ice Age Trail and further north to the Glacial River Trail and the central Wisconsin trail system. To the south, the Peace Trail will eventually connect through City of Beloit trails to the northern Illinois trail system. The Peace Trail has been in the works for over two decades, with dedicated stakeholders slowly but surely making progress over the years. As with so many trail projects throughout the state, the biggest obstacle to getting it completed has been funding.

In Fall 2021, Bike Fed formed our Council of Advocates to better understand the cycling needs and opportunities around the state – opportunities like the Peace Trail. At our first meeting, we heard from two Advocates who were at the forefront of the Peace Trail project, and from that conversation, we set up follow-up meetings to see how Bike Fed could be helpful in getting this project across the finish line.

We continued to meet and be a resource to those on the frontlines of getting the Peace Trail completed. With only $40,000 needed to finish the project, stakeholders approached Rock County for the final piece of funding. Bike Fed helped in submitting a letter of support showcasing the benefits of a connecting trail like this for southern Wisconsin. We’re excited to share that Rock County agreed to provide the final funding for the trail!

Stateline Spinners
Janesville Velo Club
Rock Trail Coalition