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Bikeways Project

Two bikers on a curving bike trail.

DNR Photo

The Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation, in coordination with other state agencies, and the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation have partnered to work on a statewide Bikeways Project to identify, create and promote a network of mapped bicycle routes in the state. A bikeway is a road, street, path or "way" which is specifically designated for bicycle travel, may be designed for bicycle travel or is shared with other transportation modes. Examples of bikeways include paved shoulders, bike lanes, shared road lanes and shared-use trails.

The Bikeways Project will evaluate existing roadway and trail systems to identify priority bikeway routes across Wisconsin. It will facilitate intrastate and interstate bicycle travel by fulfilling goals outlined in the Wisconsin Trails Network Plan [PDF] and supplementing the WisDOT bicycle condition maps [exit DNR] already available. The project will develop recommendations, standards, methodology and guidelines for identifying, designating and signing regional, intrastate and interstate bikeways.

One focus of the effort will be to establish recommendations and turn-by-turn directions for Wisconsin segments of the United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS) [exit DNR]. The USBRS is a network of long-distance bicycle routes across the country linking urban, suburban and rural areas via a variety of cycling facilities. Detailed maps of U.S. Bike Routes 10, 20 and 37 [exit DNR] will be products of the Bikeways Project.

Fall 2015 open house meetings

The first round of open house meetings were held across the state in May and June 2015 to review and comment on bikeway options and the proposed methodologies used to determine draft bikeway routes. In addition to the open houses, a Wisconsin Bikeways Project Wikimap was available from May 21 to June 30, 2015. Wikimap is an online, interactive mapping tool that allows users to draw routes and points on a map and add comments about their entries. The tool allowed users to highlight good routes for bicycling in Wisconsin, routes that need improvement, barriers to bicycling and bicycling destinations.

All of the feedback received has been reviewed and incorporated along with information gathered from field reviews, focus groups and other sources. A second round of public open houses and online feedback will take place in September and October 2015. A Wikimap [exit DNR] is available until Oct. 15. The Wikimap is an online interactive mapping tool that allows users to view, draw and comment on the proposed routes, add comments about their entries and view feedback that others have left. Five open houses will take place between Sept. 22 and Oct. 6.

Date Fall 2015 Open House Meeting Locations Time
Sept. 22 Madison Madison Senior Center
Public transit information [exit DNR]
330 West Mifflin St. Madison, WI 53703 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 Fox Valley (Grand Chute) Grand Chute Town Hall Community and Board Rooms
Public transit information [exit DNR]
1900 Grand Chute Blvd. Grand Chute, WI 54913 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 Eau Claire Mayo Clinic Health System (Luther Campus Clinic)
Public transit information [exit DNR]
1400 Bellinger St. Eau Claire, WI 54702 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 Wausau Northcentral Tech College
Public transit information [exit DNR]
1000 W. Campus Drive Wausau, WI 54401 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 Milwaukee Milwaukee Central Public Library
Public transit information [exit DNR]
814 W. Wisconsin St., Milwaukee, WI 53233 4-7 p.m.

Project steps

  • Bike lane sign.Develop Public Outreach Plan
  • Develop methodology and assess bikeway options
  • Identify recommended routes
  • Produce detailed routes and maps for U.S. Bike Routes 10, 20 and 37
  • Implement and promote recommendations

Project timeline

  • January 2015 - Project kick-off
  • Spring 2015 - Public open houses and public comment period
  • Fall 2015 - Public open houses and public comment period
  • December 2015 - Project completion
Contact information
For information on the Bikeways Project, contact:
Wisconsin State Trails
Last revised: Tuesday September 04 2018