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A newly published route will connect Milwaukee and La Crosse, allowing riders to traverse the state on a scenic, safe route, on their own.

At Bike Fed, we have a penchant for riding across our wonderful state. We’ve hosted one and two day rides for several years, first starting in very southwest corner, and most recently ending in the very northeast. Wisconsin is a wonderful place, and while we may be biased, the ability to see it by bicycle is the best way to take in the sights and sounds.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDot) announced this week that US Bike Route (USBR) 30 and the alternate USBR 230 have been approved as Wisconsin’s first nationally designated bicycle routes.  USBR 30 starts at Lake Michigan – mere blocks from the Bike Fed’s new headquarters – and ends 269 miles later in Bluff Siding along the Mississippi.

Now that USBR 30 has been officially recognized by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) it will appear on our new state bicycle maps – available on the Bike Fed’s website next month.  

More than half of USBR 30 is on bike trails or paths, with the rest along state or county highways. USBR 230 provides an alternate route for when the Merrimac Ferry is not in service. A turn-by-turn map of both routes is available on the Wisdot website.   Further, we turned an user submitted file in to a route on our website, to be used with your GPS!

Further, this connects Wisconsin with routes that go all of the way to the East Coast, and in the future, the entirety of the county. Bikes have always been valuable for everything from commuting to recreation. The current pandemic situation has only elevated the benefits of traveling this way, and we are very excited that this route is now available. Travel on your own, safely, across the state, on a bicycle!