The Bike Fed is ramping up our efforts to help communities become more bike-friendly in 2023. We have expanded our focus on Connectors & Connections; key projects (connectors) that are important to cyclists from every corner of the state and the invaluable connections – people – at the advocacy, government, and business levels to further our collective goals for Wisconsin cycling.
This year, we are working directly with communities that want to accelerate bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects by: advising local advocates, leveraging constituent support, connecting communities with resources like planners and engineers, and providing technical assistance in applying for Federal funding.
There is no time like the present for communities of all sizes to make their dreams of better cycling and walking infrastructure into reality. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) has provided more funding for Transportation Alternatives Projects than at any other time in history. Additionally,
- The application process for Federal funding has been simplified.
- The minimum project budget has been lowered to make getting started on a TAP program more accessible.
- Non-profits can be the fiscal agent
- And… the Bike Fed can help you apply!
So far this year, we have been working with local advocates on the following Priority Projects.
2023 Priority Projects
30th Street Corridor – Milwaukee County
The 30th Street Corridor project is a vision for a paved, shared-use trail from Havenwoods State Forest to Hank Aaron State Trail near American Family Field.
East Troy Multi-Use Connector Trail –
Construction of this trail will provide safe off-road access between the East Troy Village Square, Mill Pond Park, & nearly 450 households and businesses located on Honey Creek Road.
East Troy to Mukwonago Multi-Use Path –
This seven mile proposed path will connect the Villages of East Troy and Mukwonago along the East Troy Electric Railroad Corridor as well as adjacent low volume roads and six camps and parks that are between the two villages.
Flyway Trail – Buffalo County
The Flyway Trail is a community-driven world-class trail that is increasing community connectivity, economic development and recreational tourism in Buffalo County.
Glacial Drumlin/Capital City Trail – Dane County
The City of Madison has applied for TAP funding to complete a critical segment in the plan to link the Capital City Path in Madison to the Glacial Drumlin trail at Cottage Grove Road.
Lauree’s Trail – Green Lakes Connector Trail –
Green Lake County
The proposed Lauree’s trail will provide easy access to the Green Lake County Government Center, the largest employer in Green Lake County, as well as a healthcare clinic, grocery store, convenience store and a senior residential facility.
Mound View Park Connector – Grant County
Platteville residents are seeking to pave and provide lighting to the Mound View Park Connector to improve accessibility and safety, and to support Platteville’s inclusion, diversity, and equity efforts.
Mountain-Bay State Trail Connector –
On the Mountain-Bay State Trail in Shawano County’s Richmond Township, there is a 4.5-mile gap in the rail-trail which requires users to travel on a fast moving rural road with no shoulder.
Omaha Trail – Juneau County
The Omaha Trail is a 12.5 mile trail that passes through iconic sandstone formations before arriving at the trail’s 875-foot-long tunnel, which is in desperate need of maintenance.
River Trail – Vilas County
The River Trail is a project that would add 10 miles to the already stunning Heart of Vilas trail system. With Vilas County being a premier bicycling destination, the River Trail would be a great addition for cycling locals and tourists alike.
Stewart Tunnel – Green County
The Stewart Tunnel is an iconic biking landmark here in Wisconsin, providing shade and cooler temperatures to Badger State Trail users through its .25 mile curved tunnel.
Wisconsin Recreational River Bridge –
Dane & Sauk Counties
The Wisconsin Recreational River Bridge will connect two of Wisconsin’s scenic trails – the Great Sauk State Trail and the Walking Iron Trail – via a 500-foot bridge over the Wisconsin River.
Wisconsin River Trail – Grant County
The Wisconsin River Trail is a project that will create a 20+ mile, non-motorized hiking/biking trail through the Driftless areas of rural Boscobel, Woodman, and Wauzeka, following both sides of the Wisconsin River.
Have an idea for a Priority Project in your community? Please contact Bike Fed Government Affairs Manager Collin Mead at Collin@Wisconsinbikefed.org