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Priority Projects

The Bike Fed is ramping up our efforts to help communities become more bike-friendly in 2024. 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. 

2024 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.
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Chicago & Northwestern Bike Spur

The Chicago & Northwestern Bike Spur is a proposed project in Wausau, Wisconsin that will provide a safe connecting route for the Mountain Bay State Trail and Rivers Edge Trail System via downtown Wausau.
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East Troy to Mukwonago Multi-Use Path –
Walworth County

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.
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Egg Harbor to Fish Creek – Connector Trails

The town of Gibraltar has received Transportation Alternatives Program funding to conduct a feasibility study to connect these two Door County destinations with a 5.8 mile side path along Hwy 42. The trail will expand cycling opportunities for residents and tourists alike.
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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.
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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.
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The Great Sauk State Trail to Walking Iron Rail-to-Trail Connection

This rail-to-trail connection would connect hundreds of miles of trail in Dane and Sauk Counties by creating the final trail segment that would fuse together the Walking Iron Trail, Great Sauk State Trail, and soon to be constructed Wisconsin Recreational River Bridge.
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Hammond School Path – St. Croix County

The village of Hammond applied for and received a Transportation Alternatives Program grant in 2023 to go towards an extension of an existing High School Path.
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High Cliff Connection

The High Cliff Connection will fill multi-modal gaps in this strong, regional east-west corridor that will connect the Fox Valley Region and will help provide safer multi-modal opportunities for school children in the area.
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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. 
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Mountain-Bay State Trail Connector –
Shawano County

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.
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New Richmond County Road K Off-Road Trail Facility

The city of New Richmond applied for and received a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant in 2023 to construct a new off-road trail facility off of County Road K for hikers, bikers, and other trail users to utilize.
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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.
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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.
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Have an idea for a Priority Project in your community? Please contact Bike Fed Government Affairs Manager Collin Mead at